Brisbane’s Euro-folk ensemble Mzaza, have released the first song from their forthcoming third studio album, The Birth and Death of Stars. Mzaza is an amalgam of musicians from Europe and Australia, blending their backgrounds and influences into a potent heady mix. We are excited to be premiering today the video for this latest release, which is a thoughtful ode to appreciating what is beautiful.
Their music is a tantalising mix of old and new. It’s instantly familiar in style to Euro-folk, with its violin and accordion. This song is elevated by beautiful vocals and uplifting harmonies. The video is top-class animation, with a potpourri of alluring images filling the screen. The video was created by Laura Matikainen.
Front-woman and vocalist Pauline Maudy told the AU about the creation of this video:
“Working with Laura Matikainen was a total pleasure. I came across her work on Instagram and contacted her. She was so receptive and working together from the other side of the world was easy (Laura is Finnish but lives in Belgium so we were doing video meetings before they became COVID-cool). To me the video captures the song themes perfectly – struggle, resilience, elation, the big bang… the way we are in this existence where everything seems thrown together but if you stop there is meaning, and this meaning has the power to make us feel whole. When I started researching collage animation I loved the idea that it could bring elements of surrealism and of the absurd to a somewhat serious topic.”