Saturday, 20 August 2011

Chase and Status- Time

Artist: Chase and Status (Feat Delilah)

Track: Time

Year: 2011 

Director: Lindy Heymann

Genre: Drum and Bass

Main Audience: Teens-20's

Type: Mainly narrative but there is an aspect of performance

"Time" is a single from British drum-and-bass duo Chase & Status that features vocals from British singer Delilah. The single was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 1 March 2011[1] and serves as the fifth release from the studio album No More Idols. "Time" currently sits on BBC Radio 1's A Playlist and has already peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart from album downloads alone. It was released as a single on May 1, 2011.

Wikipedia 2011

The music video starts off with a happy looking family but a cautious girl. The screen then straight cuts to the girls in her room looking scared and blocking out the sound with her headphones, the clip then goes to the man abusing the woman, the audience can clearly see it is domestic violence. The camera keeps cutting to the past when the parents got on and the present where the abuse is happening. The man is seen a couple of times drinking alcohol which therefore makes him turn abusive and violent. The mother is clearly too scared to leave her abusive marriage so is forced to stay with the violent man. The way the teenage girl is sneaking around signifies that the parents don't think their children can hear and see whats going on. It is a good video because it might relate to other people who are in the same/similar situation. The video as it's coming to an end shows the teenage girls calling the police after her dad pushed her mum down the stairs, he is then arrested. She leaves home whilst the father is still in jail. Through out the video, Delilah (the female vocalist) is sat in a car, with pouring down rain around her, singing along to her parts of the song. The setting is doom and gloom, which relates to the actions of the narrative.

At the end of the video there is a women and childrens refuge logo, this help centre was set up for women and children who are being abused. It is unusual to have this at the end of any song in any genre except the songs that are made for charitys, for example Haiti song. As stated the genre characteristic don't relate that much to the genre, it doesn't usually have a strong message and such a depressing storyline to the video. The video did cause contreversy with it's disturbing images and depressing storyline, but it managed to get aired.
The relationship between the visuals and the lyrics are very similar, Delilah is singing about waiting and how long should she wait, just like the mother, 'Why am i still waiting' e.g, why is the mum still waiting around for the dad to change when he isn't going to. The lyrics are pretty much the same all the way through which is common for drum and bass. The relationship between the visuals and the music is similar, as the music isn't that upbeat and has the same pace all the way through, the video matches the music, showing the tension and the outcome between the family.

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