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If you are unfamiliar with 23-year-old Dodie Clark‘s music, you’re missing out.
Her sweet, charming, and quirky personality comes through in all of her videos, but none so much as the one she released on Tuesday. Her creative video combines the carefully intoned words Clark hid in numerous YouTube videos, which, spliced together, create the first song on her EP—”Arms Unfolding.” She’s been hiding her lyrics all along, and the video shot to the top of Reddit on Wednesday.
In the video, Clark explains that “Arms Unfolding” was inspired by “two friends who were learning to love each other again.” The video debuted last September at the 2018 Buffer Festival. To create it, Clark hid lyrics in the right pitch throughout “20 or so videos,” until she had the complete song.
She calls it her “secret scrapbook song,” and it is enchanting. The addition of behind-the-scenes clips reveals the amount of work she put into the video, which at under two minutes might seem short. Once you’ve seen how hard she had to work to insert each carefully placed lyric into the videos, however, you can better appreciate the dedication it took to create this.
Clark is the kind of musician who injects art into every step she takes. Whether or not she ever makes it to Regina Spektor-levels of fame, videos like this remind us of why she has such a dedicated and passionate fan base.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.