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Dana Gavanski 'I Kiss The Night' by Gaia Alari

Rob Ulitski - 12th Apr 2022

Gaia Alari directs an impressive hand-crafted animated promo for Dana Gavanski.

The video for I Kiss The Night - taken from Gavanski's forthcoming album When It Comes, out later this month - is composed of 1,700 hand-drawn frames - around 12 drawings per second - creating a beautiful animation that fits the music perfectly.

Gavanski wrote the song whilst cat-sitting alone in her friend’s apartment in Montreal: “It’s an ode to the night, learning to lean in to its magic, and the spookiness of solitude in a winter storm,” she says.

The wistful video evokes a nostalgia for early music videos, and the understated animation style feels as haunting as it does comforting, highlighting the contrast between waking life and being asleep.

“The nocturnal and lulling atmospheres evoked by Dana's song had me design a video treatment that aims to represent a dreamscape, or, more precisely, the moment of drowsiness happening right before falling asleep," explains Gaia Alari.

"By entering the door of the space between wake and asleep, the character erases the external world and enters within her brain, experiencing a maze made of layered visions, distorted perception of self, time and space, intrusive thoughts that range from playful - bizarre - uncanny sequences to reassuring memories... all in the attempt to fall asleep and finally shut the door.”

Rob Ulitski - 12th Apr 2022


  • Animation
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  • Singer-songwriter
  • Alternative
  • Sleep
  • Awake
  • Narrative
  • Performance
  • Hand Drawn

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