Flavorwire Video Premiere: Darren Sylvester — “Don’t Do That To Yourself”


Back in July, we premiered “Dream or Something Like That,” the lead single from multi-talented Australian musician and visual artist Darren Sylvester’s Off By Heart. The album was released earlier this week, and Sylvester himself has directed the video for second single “Don’t Do That To Yourself.” It’s a highly stylized affair wherein an actress lip-syncs the song’s lyrics against a backdrop of the same flat, bold two-dimensional design that characterizes the album’s artwork. As with Sylvester’s previous work — his first album was made as a soundtrack to an art exhibition — his music seems to reflect his visual aesthetic, and this song’s “high gloss” production comes across as a fascinatingly imperfect facsimile of its ’80s influences, hinting at a compelling humanity underneath its slick facade. Watch it below. Sylvester’s album is available via Chapter Music.