MT. CLEVEREST X-Clusive Video Premiere: Forever

With the release of their second EP just around the corner, Perth alt-rock outfit Mt. Cleverest are back with a quirky new video for their Frank Ocean and The Matrix-inspired single, Forever.

The largely single-take music video was filmed at Subiaco fave the Little Wing Corner Gallery, and plays on a particular scene from the original The Matrix film. With its raw, grunge aesthetic, the video for Forever helps to portray the song as a fast-paced, barrelling tail of infatuation and relationships. Direction comes from Jacob Morgan-de Laine, while editing duties come courtesy of Samuel Evans (San Cisco, Tired Lion).

“With our newest music video Forever, we tried doing something a little different,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Christian Mechler. “We filmed it all in one take hoping to give it a grungy, DIY feel.

Forever is a track I wrote when I fell for my girlfriend. It describes a deep infatuation along with the realisation that this is a different kind of love that could last a lifetime and then some.

“We went with a matrix theme because of the scene in the first Matrix where Morpheus is describing the matrix and the ‘lady in red’ who represents lust and love. There’s a line in the film: ‘Were you listening to me, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?’

“I wanted to play with the idea that. Yeah, love is the most powerful drug but even though you can become completely head over heels, you still have to be careful not to lose yourself; who you are and your purpose in the relationship or risk falling back into the ‘love matrix’. I hoped it might give a fresh, interesting perspective on the classic love song it draws from, Frank Ocean’s Thinkin’ About Forever.”

Forever is out now. Check out the exclusive X-Press premiere of the video clip below, lifted from their upcoming second EP.