Bones / Dust by Nicole Marxen

Darkenin Heart

Bones / Dust is the lead track from Tether, the debut EP by Dallas-based artist Nicole Marxen. The track is now matched to a dark video directed Richard Krause.

Director Richard Krause states: "The first time I heard Bones / Dust, I knew I wanted to make a music video for it. Nicole's vocals are haunting yet beautiful, like a siren's call. As I listened, atmospheric black-and-white images flooded my mind. A world encased in fog. Giant monsters emerging from the earth, coming for humanity. Shadows and light painting the scenes.

"To ensure that I could bring my vision to life, I made a test video for the song in Unreal Engine 5. When I shared it with Nicole, she loved it.

"While I had initially planned on creating only around 20 shots for the video, that number grew to 40. I wanted to do her song justice and fully develop the music video’s world and story. It was a long process, but I think the end result is really magical. When people watch the video, I hope they’re transported to where my mind went when I heard the song the first time."

Nicole Marxen comments: "When Richard approached me with his idea for the video, test renders already in tow, I was floored. I’ve basically been responding to every progress email update he’s sent with superlative curse words in all caps for the past nine months.

"Personally, when I imagine leaving this mortal coil, I think this would be a pretty cool way to go."

Marxen's EP Tether is a meditation on the grieving process, triggered by the sudden passing of her mother. It was recorded at John Congleton’s studio, Elmwood, with Alex Bhore, formerly of This Will Destroy You.

Nicole Marxen
Video directed by Richard Krause.

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