Martha Skye Murphy has shared a new song titled ‘Self Tape’. Taken from her upcoming EP Yours Truly, the single arrives with an accompanying music video directed by sister duo Waterbaby. Watch it below.
“Our online identities are often misinterpreted as being a window into an HD version of ourselves, where our life, character, interests and desires are compressed into neat squares ready to be digested,” Murphy said in a statement about the track. “We are lusting for holograms of ourselves as though constructing a genetically engineered child. It’s scary that we seem to be levitating in this digital self, where fiction is perceived as reality and judgment is expressed as ‘yea or nay’.”
Talking about the inspiration behind the video, Waterbaby added: “‘Self Tape’ explores the complex power dynamics that operate within the male gaze and plays with the idea of who is watching who. Identity is in flux and the pressure of female objectification is scrutinised. The video moves from an eerie, woozy peep-show reality into a glitchy dream world filled with idiosyncratic characters. Digital and VHS footage collide throughout like past and present, fantasy and real life. The format of the film is split in half much like the two way mirror, the voyeur and subject. However, when we break through the mirror we find the gaze has been subverted. Perhaps the viewer has been played all along.”
Martha Skye Murphy’s Yours Truly EP is out on November 13. It includes the previously released title track.