If you’ve already seen the music video for Mat Zo and Porter Robinson’s “Easy,” then you already know that the video is absolutely amazing.
The story tells of a professional model named Maki Yatto and her blue pet Evander. (
Names courtesy of The Line) Maki is tired of her profession and of her life. She ignores phone calls from her Manager, deciding she can’t take it anymore, throwing a bomb in her bag, and leaving her mansion in the city. She speeds away on her motorcycle and detonates the bomb, killing herself, along with Evander and the entire city. Afterwards, Maki and Evander end up in a dream-like afterlife world where everything is perfect, and they are happy. The music video is drawn in an anime style, with visuals that just compliment the track perfectly.
It’s a simple concept, but when synced up to “Easy,” it just invokes so much more power and emotion to the viewer. Watching in fullscreen 1080p, when I reached the 0:30 second mark, the panning view of the city with the gorgeous melody in the background is just so powerful that it gave me goosebumps (
and even made a tear well up in my eye). It just makes you really sympathize with Maki, as to almost feel the reasons why she keeps doing what she’s not happy with. She clearly just doesn’t want to lose what she has in life, even if there’s things that tell her otherwise. But, she decides to indeed end her life, because it just proves to be too much for her, so she leaves to do so. The animation in the scene is beautiful, and the music is even better.
I also can’t help but fall in love with Evander. I mean, he’s just this cute little blue Pokemon-like creature that flies around with a huge smile always on his face. What can be better? He’s adorable.
If there’s one thing that this video does perfectly, it’s the way that it fits to the music. At 1:31, when the scene is just Maki driving on her motorcycle, the part of the track with the robotic-style voice is very appropriate to the scene. It really symbolizes the fact that something is about to happen, and serves as a great interlude in the song. Then, it rapidly changes at 2:00. That same powerful melody reintroduces itself with the detonation of the bomb, and is just even more beautiful when she throws her hands up into the air. And then again at 2:15 with music change to the amazing rainbow line-art animation that shows them in bliss right after they die. The scene changes just wonderfully correspond with the song.
There’s one thing I know: “Easy” is definitely the greatest music video this year.