Young Clancy, a Toronto based independent artist whose music can be identified as alternative and indie music, created his first EP, “Yung Prince of the Basement,” in his basement and released it back in 2017. One of Young Clancy’s latest projects is a music video for one of his latest releases “Level.”
Initially, “Level” was released as a single and is also part of his new EP titled, “Vol. II.” The music video was released in September 2019 and has not only has a narrative for itself, but it is also part of a music video trilogy with some of his other songs including “Take Me 2” and “Up With The Birds.” The music video for those songs all have their own story, yet their themes intertwine, making it a big three part story throughout the different music videos.
The first part of this story is the music video for his song “Take Me 2,” where for the most part he is seen enjoying himself with a female he is fond of, partying together just the two of them in an urban apartment. The video also is in color, but has a warm yellow color tone, almost vintage film like. This music video is a highlight of his relationship with the woman, as they can be seen sharing a cigarette together and spinning around together. For the most part this music video has steady and medium shots, with a few close ups of the couples faces when they’re spinning around. The consistency and closeness in this video, along with the lyrics makes it feel wholesome and intimate.
In the second part of this immersive visual story, “Levels,” incorporates the vintage grainy film like feel. Except in this video, another effect is that the entire video is in black and white creating a more notable contrast in light and shadows. In this video, Young Clancy is still smoking a cigarette, except now he is out in the city streets alone. In this video there are also a lot of moments when the camera zooms in from a wide shot, to up close on Young Clancy. There are a few shots where it’s up close on Young Clancy’s face staring directly at the camera, or some are also focused on his fidgeting hand or his hands stroking through his hair. Overall in this video, the story portrayed throughout the song demonstrates visuals that represent the feeling of uneasiness. Close to the end of the video there is a quick video flash of him standing next to some train tracks, and then it transitions back to him singing against the brick wall.
Now back in color, with the same vintage film feel, in “Up With The Birds,” Young Clancy is still seen walking alone, now with the music more slowed down. Young Clancy seems more at ease as he peacefully walks through a completely different scenery. This drastic change in scenery is shown he walks across train tracks and there’s a focus of his hands stroking flowers as he passes by, without a cigarette in his hand. He eventually ends up in a pretty neat suburb, which is very different from the urban setting in the beginning of the music video trilogy. After arriving in the suburb, the end credits roll.
Overall, I believe this trilogy demonstrates self growth. In the beginning of the video his relationship with the woman seemed to be happy for the most part, yet in the second part of the trilogy, Young Clancy showcases uneasiness without the woman, it is almost as if he is lost without her. Finally, in the third part of the trilogy he no longer needs a cigarette in his hand and appears to have accepted being alone and it leads him to being in a better neighborhood.