Single of the Week: Iodine by Cashavelly Morrison
Cashavelly Morrison’s debut album, The Kingdom Belongs to a Child was one of the best albums I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing on this site. So when I found out that Iodine, one of the albums most haunting singles, was getting a release along with a new music video I snapped at the chance to heap more praise on this exceptional artist and her band.
The video for the song, which was directed by S. Cagney Gentry and stars dancer and choreographer Dominica Greene, is an appropriate companion for the song that speaks of a mother tending to her dying child. The video of Greene dancing in an empty house and empty street highlights the isolation that the mother of the song is looking into at the prospect of her son’s death. Like all great music videos, it enhances the artistic statement of the song, and also adds new, and unexpected layers to it.
The song itself is still fantastic, perhaps even more so outside of its place on The Kingdom Belongs to a Child. As more than a part that makes the album whole, Iodine is a scaring statement on grief, and its effect of life, legacy and memory. The chorus repeats that Morrison speaks her child’s last words, and if there is any justice these word will be heard by a lot more people.
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