Four years ago we introduced Berlin-based producer and DJ Tj Hertz aka Objekt and his debut album Flatland. He released a new album. Cocoon Crush is out now via PAN. It is mastered by Rashad Becker and features photography by Kasia Zacharko, and layout by Bill Kouligas. He shared a new video for the track “Dazzle Anew“.
It was directed by Joji Kayama (co-director of Japanese film Kuro, the OST is out now via PAN offshoot Entopia) and performed and choreographed by Kianí Del Valle. Watch it below.
Del Valle is a concept artist who specialises in movement and her performances have graced the stages of the Barbican, Serpentine Gallery & Getty Museum. In Dazzle Anew she winces with the same intricacies that exist within Hertz’s productions. Flickering through hysterics, disgust and seduction, the sound envelopes her.
Hertz explains “Dazzle Anew was meant to convey a sense of wonderment, imagining seeing the world for the first time and being overwhelmed by the experience. I love how Joji and Kianí captured this – you share her awe without seeing what she sees”.
The director says on the video “For this video TJ had a mood he wanted to create – a moment of elated discovery or rebirth. I tried to think of how this could be performed by a face. When I met Kianí Del Valle who agreed to perform it and choreograph it we imagined the torso of a figure continually shifting and moving a bit like it’s some kind of growing organ–we quickly developed it so that the figure would also move through a succession of frantic and slightly elusive emotional states.”