Video Review: Lianne La Havas’s-“Elusive”


Have you had the chance to watch the music video for Lianne La Havas’ “Elusive?” You’ll find your eyes can’t be torn from its mesmerizing choreography, a clear standout throughout the video as dancers bring motion and raw life to the heartfelt words of this London-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Produced by La Blogothèque and under the direction of Colin Solal Cardo, the video draws viewers in to a sensual, heartbreaking, and dramatic narrative told through beautiful music and expressive dance.

On its own, “Elusive” tells the story of desire and loss. With a cast of talented dancers and La Havas’ expressive facials, it takes on even further artistic quality in the music video. Its use of modern dance and coupling choreography utterly bleed emotion. Through the inclusion of careful hand motions, the video develops a storyline around the human hand parallel to that present in La Havas’ lyrics. When she coos, “lies in the hands that set me free” and “the coldest hands you’ve ever held,” we see how our hands are at the root of both love, and devastation.

The song comes off La Havas’ debut album Is Your Love Big Enough, released July 2012 in the U.K. and one month later in the states. It features her powerful folk and soul music, a fusion of acoustic and understated alternative, as well as her unique ability to capture perfectly the essence of the broken heart. Relatively new to the music industry, La Havas got her start as a solo artist in 2011 with the release of her first EP Lost & Found. She was shortly after elected as the supporting act in Bon Iver’s North American tour, set for December 2011. Continuing this trajectory, she then earned the title of the iTunes Album of the Year in 2012 for Is Your Love Big Enough.  With her undeniable talent and growing popularity, we expect to see more from this young artist.

Watch the “Elusive” music video here!

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