Sandy Hsu takes us through a dreamlike self-reflection in her ‘Limbo’ clip
Melbourne-based artist SANDY HSU’s latest single, ‘Limbo’, features strong themes of self-discovery that are reflected in the visuals of her accompanying clip. Premiered via Frankie Magazine, the clip was shot by third year VCA student Madeleine Mytkowski amongst various locations in NSW.
Some scenes may feel very familiar, as they include Bowral, Bronte Beach, The Blue Mountains and Maddie’s home in Abbotsford. Living up to her title of multidisciplinary artist, Sandy was also the editor of her clip, which captures an ethereal feeling, and encapsulates the slow-burning nature of her track. This really matches the sound, which Sandy describes as “blue and falling really fast backwards off a rock face but in slow motion or something else bizarre.”
With deeply personal lyrics and an ambient pop melody, ‘Limbo’ feels like a dream. The clip only serves to enhance this dreamlike quality, with serene ocean views, Sandy in an angelic white dress and intimate closeups of the singer, which also evoke a feeling of profound self-reflection.
Sandy notes, “I had spent most of my adolescence in a deep depression and was rather tethered to it. At that time I completed writing ‘Limbo’, I could finally admit to myself that I wanted to be well, but I was also terrified of that idea and who I would become if I was.”
Throughout the clip and in various locations, there are many visuals of Sandy reflectively looking into the distance, where she seems to be passing her time, waiting for something. In this depiction of her waiting, we see a physical representation of her caught in limbo.
This is a beautiful and atmospheric piece, which ultimately portrays a story of reflecting and growing within oneself.
Words by IZZY STACKPOOL