Remi’s “5 AM” Is What Trainspotting Would Look Like If Pedro Almodóvar Directed It

Chromatic, toxic, trippy

Photo: Courtesy of Lekker Collective

Melbourne hip-hop act Remi taps into parasitic relationship in their new video “5 AM.” The video’s plotline reminds you of Trainspotting while the cinematic aesthetics – especially the contrasting colors – resemble Pedro Almodóvar’s style. Created by Indian-Australian cinematographer Barun Chatterjee, “5 AM” serves as metaphor for an addictive romance that eventually ends up burning you. Enjoy:

Speaking of the track, the duo shared:

“When writing 5 A.M. I really wanted it to be like a trippy short film. Starting in a place familiar to many people, a drug-infused relationship, but ending with a twist that was dramatic and abrupt. The changing musical landscape helped create different scenes and by the end, to me, it felt like Trainspotting if it was directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

This meant when it came time to produce the film clip, I needed someone who could bring the same energy. I’d loved Boz’s previous work as the cinematographer behind Sampa The Great’s visuals so I knew he could do it.

We would produce our own wonder drug to escape what is clearly a disgusting way of living. However after ingesting the substance everything begins to go wrong, climaxing in the death of all characters. We used burning flowers and fruit specifically to represent the loss of love, growth, sanity, children etc. and imagery such as myself naked on the floor of a filthy bathroom to represent my mentality throughout the whole ordeal.”

Remi is set to play at The Jazz Café in a few days, so go see them:

8/15 – The Jazz Café (London, UK)