Watch: OKC blues rocker Bat-Or Kalo burns up the desert in 'Wild Change' music video
Watch the frontwoman for the Oklahoma City blues-rock band KALO burn up the desert in the newly released music video for "Wild Change."
During a blistering California day last July, a skeleton crew of four hiked back into the scorched earth of Joshua Tree State Park, then to an industrial desert around Palm Springs to create a striking video story for the title track off the rock trio KALO’s Independent Music Award-nominated album "Wild Change."
Dressed in a cowboy hat and jeans and noticeable layers of dust and sweat, Bat-Or Kalo – lead singer and guitarist for the eponymous band KALO – acted out scenes for what would become the music video for “Wild Change.” The video and the efforts of Los Angeles’ Fokus Films first premiered online with Vents Magazine.
“'Wild Change’ is a wish for big things to come,” said Kalo, a native of Israel who’s been honing her craft stateside for about eight years and is currently touring from and living in Oklahoma City. “At the time I wrote the song, there was that feeling so many of us feel, that need for big, wild, unpredictable change.”
In the song, Kalo sings about dust and hot wind and toiling away while crying out for “wild change to set me free” and invoking images of chain-gang work and relentless heat. Imagery of the pristine desert colliding with technology creates a paradoxical and dystopian tone.
“The film ‘Wild Change’ goes hand-in-hand with the song. It starts with someone’s hardship asking for a change to get to a better place,” said director, cinematographer and producer, Alexander Haessner, an award-winning German-born filmmaker and photographer, in a news release. “It was important to support the song with captivating images and symbolism like a road in the opening sequence and other symbols of self-discovery and freedom.”
The film starts out in sepia and gray tones before winding its way to a beach full of majesty and color.
“The floating scene at the end can be understood as a bridge between consciousness and subconsciousness, basically a fantasy world, a definite state of mind, to pave the road for a better life,” Haessner said in the release.
KALO is comprised of Kalo as well as bassist Chad Roper and drummer Mike Alexander. The band released the album "Wild Change" in July 2017 before kicking off album release tours in Israel and across the United States.
To keep up with KALO, which will be playing upcoming tour dates in Tulsa, Norman and OKC, go to www.facebook.com/kaloblues.