This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video is ‘Whizz Kids’, the new music video from Y Dail.
For this week’s Video of the Week has mellow, retro feel, thanks to the latest release from Y Dail. Y Dail (The Leaves) was formed in South Wales in 2018 and features nineteen-year-old songwriter, Huw Griffiths and sister Elan, who cite Television and Endaf Emlyn as their key influences. Originally from Pontypridd, the band record songs in both Welsh and English. ‘Whizz Kids’ is the first Y Dail track to be released with Libertino Records, who describe Huw Griffiths’ sound as “timeless”.
During the video Williams can be seen walking through different areas of Cardiff city centre, carrying a Sony Walkman, which matches the relaxed, wistful tone of ‘Whizz Kids’. The video takes the concept of dérive as it’s starting point, setting out the concept of movement through everyday moments of life. The dérive concept stems from the work of French philosopher Guy Debord, who originally coined the term as part of his definition of an unplanned journey through an urban landscape.
Setting aside everyday thoughts and worries and focusing instead on the terrain around them, dérive has the aim of creating emotional disorientation, a sensation that sits well within the shots of Williams playing his guitar while leaning against a tree in Cardiff’s Alexandra Gardens. The video also features Williams using a 1980s-style Casio keyboard, which lends the track an upbeat feel. Juxtaposed against lingering shots of the duo stood amongst fallen leaves, with a low setting sun behind them, there is enough autumnal nostalgia here to warm even the coldest of winter nights.
‘Whizz Kids’ is available now with Libertino Records.