The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the prize, including this one from a Montreal singer/songwriter.
Ada Lea - Damn
Alexandria Levy, better known as Ada Lea, is a Canadian singer/songwriter based in Montreal. Her music is a fusion of distinguished acoustic-guitar melodies, belligerent distortion, and many more musical styles.
Her latest single and video for Damn comes from her second album one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden, which is set to release soon. The song is presented in a way that features the lyrics performed as spoken word, letting the listener hear exactly what is being said and is able to take it all in.
The video, directed by photographer Monse Muro, begins with a couple lying down in bed. At first glance it seems as if they may have had some sort of falling out. When the male tries to touch her she is hesitant to accept that touch. The lyrics speak to a party that Lea has been invited to, and as they take a darker turn so does the video. With an intense dance sequence you come to the realization that the protagonist is quite in her own head, trying to free her thoughts, she then gets up and leaves as if nothing has happened.
Directed by Monse Muro
With: Axelle “Ebony” Munezero & Philip Rurka
Producer: Monse Muro
Cinematographer: Juliette Lossky
Choreographers: Axelle “Ebony” Munezero & Brittney Canda
1st Camera Assistant: William Tétreault
Sound Design: Peter Hostak
Colour Grading: Simon Bøisx
Editor: Étienne Lacelle
Music and Lyrics: Alexandra Levy
Produce : Marshall Vore & Alexandra Levy
Engineered by: Marshall Vore
Additional recording by: Alexandra Levy, Sam Gleason, Steve Newton
Mixed: Burke Reid
Mastered: Heba Kadry
Alexandra Levy: guitar, vocals
Johanna Samuels, Cedric Noel, Hanorah, Sarah Beth Tomberlin : back vocals
Harrison Whitford: guitar, bass
Christian Lee Hutson : keys
Marshall Vore: percussion
Tasy Hudson: drums