Kiesza - Hideaway

04 January Critic Jonni 0 Comments



Dance like no ones watching, in one single street, and around the corner. Kiesza shows she is a dancer and pulls it off just as well as the professionals. With the attraction of three guys, yet she leaves them in their neighhbourhood and grabs the same taxi back to where she came from. What could've been straight out of a musical film, falls flat and totally unreal.

Kiesza, real name Kiesa Ellestad, had a big year in 2014, hitting the UK by storm with this song alone and her follow up singles "Giant in my Heart" and "No Enemiesz" impacted the top 40 with the former getting to number 4. Her album didn't chart so well, but she has proved she'll be around for a long time, and I can definitely see 2015 being the perfect year for this Canadian singer and former navy reserves.

"Hideaway" was written by Kiesza and Rami Samir Afuni. It's extremely catchy and definitely one of those songs you not only identify with but you can't help singing along to. As soon as I heard it, I knew it was going to be a hit, and the constant playing on radio and music channels helped it achieve this.

The video is disappointing. As I mentioned above it could belong in a musical film, but it is not real enough to included in such a film.

I like watching the background people, like the three men standing on the left at the start watching, clearly surprised this was happening.

The dancers are in sync and pull the dancing off seamlessly... But Kiesza sticks out like a sore thumb, some of her dancing is not in time and she is sometimes a few seconds out. It looks like she didn't even rehearse enough with these dancers. Clearly more time for choreography was needed. Apparently she had difficulty with the choreography due to breaking a rib before filming... That does explain the timing issues.

Video isn't as unique as some people mention. It may have been shot in one, but this isn't the first time this has happened. Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" was also done in one shot. I bet there are plenty of others too. As much as I am a fan of Kiesza's music, and this video does stand out, there is plenty of things that could be improved about this video.
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