Kelly Zutrau, frontwoman of dreampop darling Wet, bumped into filmmaker Alfred Marroquin on a side street near his house in Williamsburg last spring. It wasn’t exactly an accident. I saw Kelly in the street a couple of times and I kind of just swooned,” he told Brooklyn Magazine. “Kelly’s writing, her vocals, the melody are so honest. I think it’s hard for an artist to be so genuine and personal in music, and that really resonated deeply with that particular time in my life.
Name : You’re Not Wrong
Director: Alfred Marroquin
Sound: Franz Brun
After a second chance meeting, Marroquin proposed they collaborate on a music video. The two stayed in touch, and a few months later, we have the video for an acoustic version of You’re Not Wrong, a warm, sultry meditation on the beauty in darkness from Wet’s most recent album, Still Run.
I wanted the video to be really simple, shot in film and lonely,
– Marroquin explained.
“Portraying someone feeling like they’re at the end of a road with a situation, a relationship, or maybe even themselves, or their own self doubt.
The two came together over a song that felt personal to them both. “When I first wrote this song, it actually sounded very similar to the version in this video. It’s much sadder and slower,” Zutrau explains. The producer of “Still Run,” Rostam Batmanglij, set the studio cut to a more buoyant, percussive rhythm, but the original version stuck with Zutrau.
“I like doing things for the people who are there with you no matter what, the goal isn’t always to do something that leads to growth and success, it’s nice to just make something your true fans will appreciate.”
The intimacy of that intention is highlighted in the video. Filmed on a rainy fall day in the heart of New York City, Zutrau sits behind a piano in a basement bar. It’s all mahogany and candle-light — watching the video is like swishing a martini after seeing an ex-lover from across a smoke-filled room.
Her voice, smooth as silk, narrates your inner monologue. “I always liked that with artists I loved growing up, hearing stripped down versions that felt like completely different songs, it’s a whole new experience of a song and that always seemed generous of artists I was obsessed with.”
If that sounds almost a little bit While the songwriter’s intent was to illustrate giving in to the uncertainty of love, the director saw the song as an ode to moving on. You’re not wrong for being uncertain, so it’s time to give up on making this love work.
To me, this stripped down version and the setting cemented my initial interpretation because we used the theme of emptiness to bring that side of the story to life,” Marroquin explains. The two conceptualized the video together, alongside Mika Altskan, the director of photography.
“You can always tell when someone trusts you and your vision for your work,” Zutrau added. “It makes the whole process more enjoyable for everyone. I think I went into it having no expectations just because I’ve been trying to approach things in my life that way in general.
Zutrau expresses feeling like an actress during the shoot:
“I’m just learning how to play piano, so this really was me playing a part,” she continues. “But there was something nice about being the only one playing and singing and fully expressing this song myself.”
Maintaining, that like love, an experience built in passion is worth pursuing, even when the act is a little bit unrefined.
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