Gender bending, androgyny, and various forms of crossdressing are nothing new in the art of music video presentation. I was recently invited to check out a new music video for the song Stray Shadows by Blanket Barricade, a theatrical rock band from Vancouver, Canada. To my delight, the video’s visual style is anything but just another example of the often used comedic, shocking or outrageous approach.
The “Stray Shadows” music video features an artistic, tasteful, and very well-done presentation in its use of a crossdressing themed story. It artistically illustrates some of the powerful emotions and awkward moments involved in the life of many a crossdresser, along with an unexpected surprise. The song’s music is hauntingly beautiful and lead singer Wesley Krauss offers an emotionally charged performance with his accompanying vocals.
What are your thoughts?
Before heading off to your next internet bus stop, please take a moment to share your thoughts in a comment below. What did you think of the music style? Could you relate to anything specific in the video? What did you think of the little twist at the end? Is there anything you’d like to share with, or ask the band and talented artists behind the video? Please leave a comment below.
There’s more to my personal interest in Blanket Barricade
It was the crossdressing theme of the “Stray Shadows” music video that caught my attention. The positive, tasteful, artistic portrayal of a crossdresser’s emotions and struggles in the video earned my respect and admiration for the talented artists of Blanket Barricade. It was however, their other music videos that really made me a fan, and they have nothing to do with crossdressing.
More than meets the eyes
“TG”, the much used abbreviation for “transgender”, is equally meaningful as “Tech tGirl” and “Trans Geekette” in my case. What really impressed me about Blanket Barricade’s other music videos? Their mighty cool use of robots, animation and time manipulation!
I absolutely LOVE robots and animation, and animated robots, all of which can be found in the awesome music video Hype Machine. Check it out.
What happens when you shoot an entire a music video backwards, and play it back in rewind? You end up with a cool visual time manipulation effect, complete with a pretty impressive lip sync, in the music video A Velvet Affair. Give it a look.
Type to me, people
Again, please take a minute or two to offer your thoughts on the crossdressing themed “Stray Showes” music video, and/or the other videos mentioned.