The music video genre invites experimentation. Case in point: Olivia Wilde’s “No Love Like Yours,” in which the title song doesn’t begin until nearly three minutes into the six-minute video. Daringly, the opening segment celebrates another piece of music, “Ain’t I Right”performed by the Georgia Sea Island Singers and recorded in 1960 by folklorist Alan Lomax.
When Wilde gets to “No Love Like Yours,” featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, she tells a story of death and life that includes a stunning homage to Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal.”
Not that we needed it, but Wilde’s video provides more proof that a smartphone is capable of visual quality that rivals traditional cameras. She and her cinematographer Read Morano employed six iPhone S’s to achieve a wide variety of visual imagery including mirror shots, low angle shots, slow motion, and even reverse motion (the little girl breathing in “the ghost” near the climax). On repeated viewings, you’ll see all this and more.
If the brief taste of the Georgia Sea Island Singers makes you want to hear more of their music—much of it in the gospel category—you can find plenty of it on Youtube. Alan Lomax’s detailed and engaging account of his discovery of the Singers is available in downloadable liner notes from New World Records.
“No Love Like Yours” was chosen as a Mobile Movie of the Week.