Robyn, Royksopp Go Cosmic in ‘Monument’ Video

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.12.14 in News

When Robyn and Röyksopp‘ released their excellent mini-album Do It Again earlier this year, the 10-minute opener “Monument” loomed, fittingly for its title, as the track that might have the most lasting impact. Unlike quite anything else in either Scandinavian act’s discography, it’s sleek, plush and spacy. Robyn delivers her lyrics like an oracle: “When the moment comes, I can say I did it all with love.” Saxophone, post-”Thrift Shop” and -”Problem,” is no longer quite the zeitgeist novelty it once was; “Monument” uses the instrument more to explore its smooth, textural qualities, which aren’t yet all over the radio unless you count certain jazz stations. But did I mention it’s 10 minutes?

Röyksopp and Robyn have now shared the video for “Monument,” directed by longtime Robyn collaborator Max Vitali (he did the “Dancing on My Own” clip), and it slightly streamlines the track — less than seven minutes this time! — while also further exploring the qualities that made it so alluring. Posted by Creators Project, the video begins with the musicians on some type of white platform, but it eventually ventures into what looks like the deepest space. Robyn tweeted, “For me the video for #Monument is about some kind of inner journey, space in time and the experience of your own body.”

It’s a hefty, generous piece of work to have to one’s credit when it comes time to negotiate with St. Peter. But that’s only because it’s so inspiring in the here and now. Watch below, and read Keidra Chaney’s Wondering Sound feature The Case for the Mini Album.