Scilence’s music video for her new track “Vegas” is a colorful, dizzy, and intoxicating romp through one of the most infamous cities in the world. Following Scilence through a night of unbridled indulgence, surreal lust, and unabashed partying, “Vegas” holds nothing back and neither does Silence. Playing on the red Solo cup theme from the artist’s most recent EP, this track is nothing if not a proud anthem for a wild weekend drenched in neon lights.
The video opens with a shot of Scilence, an inflatable sex doll, and an Elvis Presley impersonator standing in formation at a familiar Vegas wedding ceremony. Scilence is dressed in an 80s era wedding dress, and Elvis is enthusiastically officiating her wedding to the sex doll, who’s also wearing a veil. Without a doubt, “Vegas” is about to take us on a weird and wild ride.
In the next shot, we hear the blaring of an alarm followed by Scilence’s hand slapping the snooze button. Then, we see her sex doll spouse deflated on a blue velvet couch surrounded by red Solo cups (a nod to Scilence’s latest release, the Red Solo Cup EP). Scilence wakes up delirious and still looking very bridal in the bed before stumbling over to the window and dropping her robe, revealing herself to the wild city waiting below. The song’s intro melody is eerie and enchanting, setting the stage for a surreal and blurry adventure through the city that never sleeps.
About 30 seconds in, we hear the refrain of the word “solo” begin, paired with a quick switch back to the familiar Vegas night. Of course, daytime in Vegas isn’t nearly as important as what happens after the sun goes down. Next, we see Scilence dancing and swaying on the streets of the city, still dressed in her bridal sash and a gorgeous white outfit reminiscent of a belly dancing costume. The way the vide is shot and edited succeeds at conveying the party nature of the song, combining bright saturation with odd and shifting camera angles and blurred out edges. We also see random flashes of flames and superimposed neon lights throughout the frames, adding to the color, brightness, and general decadence of the unfolding story. Of course, we also hear the familiar adage “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” as Scilence begins to rap. The image then briefly flashes back to the blowup-doll wedding and a tearfully happy friend sitting in the guest chairs catching the bridal bouquet. Here, Scilence’s lyrics convey a clear sense of fun, wildness, and the urge to let loose. “When I was young I had a dream of neon lights,” she sings, followed by lyrics like, “I feel so woozy, I feel so dizzy.”
The use of color in the video is enthralling, perfectly complimenting the intense and extroverted nature of the song. We’re consistently confronted with bright reds and pinks and strong blues contrasted with the deep darkness of the night sky in the background. This all combines to evoke the familiar feeling of a night spent wandering through a bright, loud, and stimulating city like Vegas. Everything is surreal and bordering on the absurd, underlined by the fact that the “Just Married” banner on the back of Scilence’s Tesla is spelled backwards as she drives down the strip with her blowup wife. The camera work intentionally disorients the viewer, too, making us wonder what’s up and what’s down. “You know I’m livin’ life on the edge,” Scilence says, which is clear from the images we see on the screen. Overall, “Vegas” is a vivid and alluring representation of a wild night spent in Sin City.
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