Trapped between the cold promise of heartbreak and an inescapable love, “Rivers,” the new song and video from Los Feliz-based artist SKANDRA, finds a well of uncertainty at the center of its dreamy, electro-pop ballad. The film, directed by Robin Clive, centers around the highs and lows of a relationship, visualizing the fights and tenderness against a backdrop of a retro-vibrant furnished home and glittery synth-work. Cascades of cleansing electronica pour themselves on SKANDRA’s vulnerable melancholy; it’s all the intimacy of a diary squeezed into a dreamy, 80s soundscape.
SKANDRA, the musical project under which Alexandra Duparc operates, is informed by a wealth of creative experience–not all of it just musical. At 15-years-old she went on tour with The Tints as a keyboardist and vocalist, recording an album with John Frusciante in the process; but then she went on to score films, mentoring under Budd Carr, where she worked on over thirty films. A creative powerhouse, SKANDRA has already made her mark with previous singles like the spirited “Tangerine,” and “Rivers” is just another stellar promise by the singer to continue delivering enthralling tunes.