Bruce Sudano’s “In Shadowland” video premiere – Music News
Hit play on “In Shadowland,” the latest music video from pop-rock singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano, and within thirty seconds you’ll know you’re viewing a work of art. Every detail of the video has been carefully considered, every shot is carefully composed and every scene is cleverly arranged. As is often the case in the best clips, there is an absolutely unique play of color, light, shape and perspective. The special magic of the video is contained in the little things: the silhouette of a woman against a pink and white tower, the geometric shape of her unique earring, the shadow of a potted fern in a stain of sun tilted, the slow closing of a shutter. Everything is hypnotic, hushed, a secret language whispered to the viewer which becomes clearer as the narration of the videos unfolds.
And that’s not even the spectacular thing. There are hints in the opening moments of “In Shadowland”, but they won’t prepare you for the truly amazing and fascinating special effects generated by VFX-3D assistant Claudio Bellini. Director Furio Ganz combined Bruce Sudanos’ music with images that are both psychedelic and intimate and strike a balance between the personal and the cosmic. They call the clip “illusory” and it won’t take you long to find out exactly what they mean by it.
In its complexity, depth, intelligence, strange radiance and infinite replayability, the video fits the song perfectly. Longtime fans know Bruce Sudano has always been ambitious – he’s a master of the soundscaper – but with “In Shadowland” he has outdone himself. Everything about the song is designed to draw the listener deeper: the muffled quality of the Sudanese voice, the enveloping roar of his guitar, the supernatural balance of the arrangement, and the intriguing lyrics. As a teaser for his upcoming album Ode To A Nightingale, it’s hard to imagine better.
Sudano only appears on the screen of a cell phone in the video “In Shadowland” – but this phone has amazing capabilities, and it is strongly implied that he is the reason for it. The film actress of Venetian origin Maria Roveran [Small Homeland, Resina] is the owner of this cell phone, and the camera follows her as she runs from a city street to a country meadow. There, the phone in her hands becomes the bearer of an otherworldly message – a message that takes a strange and beautiful form in the sky above her head and threatens to overwhelm her with wonder.