VIDEO PREMIERE: MRK “WHYZIT”
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MRK‘s new song “WHYZIT” (from the new EP TEARS) is about recognizing, examining and—when necessary—confronting and even overcoming your own desires, specifically “the psycho-social/karmic implications of a heart that inevitably seeks the same thing, even when that thing consistently yields the same demise.” The song itself reflects that tortuous kind of introspection—somewhere deep inside is a pop song about love and loss, but it’s painfully dismantled and reconnected and reassembled in unexpected new ways to focus on the urgency and clarity at its core. The result is crystal clear but crystal sharp and jagged, too, and the video (directed and edited by Tara Touzie) plays with an idea of escape, as MRK pushes through an overwhelming/overstimulating city night and ends up in the peace and serenity of a bright new day. MRK explains the idea and the execution below:
“Just before writing this song I recognized some bizarre similarities between all my exes, the strangest coincidence being that they all had burgundy sheets. Unnerving threads weave a romantic past littered with guitar-wielding Jon Snow lookalikes from broken homes who bite off more than they can chew in dating me. Whether four years or four months, these relationships all start with dizzying over-commitment and end in total ghosted annihilation.
Now, this has happened enough times for me to understand that the problem is not entirely with my exes (although there’s plenty to be said about the nature of cis-hetero men in our current Tinder-bating dating era, but that’s another essay unto itself). I am the one making all the choices on this Sisyphean road to nowhere. Isn’t a partner supposed to be your ‘rock’ anyway?
While in the studio with my friend and collaborator Alex Arias, he showed me this droning synth loop he had made and it just set me off. I love what repetition in songwriting and soundscapes can evoke and in this case it fit perfectly into what I was/am usually pondering: The choices. The choices I made. The choices I made that ended. The choices I made that ended poorly. Why? Why did I? Why did I do that? Why did I do that again? Why is it? Why is it like this? Why am I like this?
After laying down the lyrics and vocals in a single shot, I added some additional synths and a beat which my producer Bill Burke of Gooey Music polished into what is now a glittering flag of a song of surrender/acceptance. Art is good like that, it can help wiggle out all your cathartic needs and reward you with a sigh of relief. But it’s only one of many steps on the path to…whatever.
I have written before about being a love addict and romance/heartbreak is the theme of my freshly released EP TEARS. My moniker is MRKLOVESYOU for fuck’s sake. I am and always have been a rapturously, hopelessly, faulty, lusty person. Nothing fascinates me more than the way people relate to or deny one another and themselves at their most intimate moments. And, as one so preoccupied with this aspect of life, I am my own research.
Even as I attempt to observe and recondition my romantic behaviors I keep falling for the same shit. If I’m choosing it over and over again, even to my own detriment, I must be getting some kind of jollies or fulfilling some desired narrative. If nothing else, I have enjoyed all the enjoyable parts of my story.
Perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the part where I just let myself scream about it.”