‘Until The Quiet Comes’: More Than a Music Video

Flying Lotus tapped the ridiculously talented filmmaker Kahlil Joseph to direct the visual preview for his highly anticipated album – ‘Until the Quiet Comes.’ Mr. Joseph has a way with directing, oftentimes intersecting space, time and universes in film. If you don’t believe me, please check out his modern-day adaptation of Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of love in  The Model: Part 1 – Marcello in Limbo and The Model: Part 2 – Oshun and the Dream.  The black and white diptych achieved cinematic and musical grace via the talents of super genius cinematographer (and fellow Howard U. alum) Bradford Young and Brasil’s easy on the eyes and ears,  actor-singer Seu Jorge. But I digress.

‘Until the Quiet Comes’ –  a poetic, dramatic and magical short film –  tells three stories, that of a Black boy child, that of a Black man and that of the Black community from whence they both come. It is tragic as it is beautiful, and forces us all to reflect on the many moments that lead to a young soul’s demise. At once, the tale reminded me of Charlie LeDuff’s poignant essay “What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” Through an examination of a large system of economic decay, violence, corruption, and internalized white supremacy, LeDuff illustrates an often-times invisible web of incidents that lead to the loss of individual lives, in which we are all ultimately as guilty as the misguided individual that pulled the trigger.

Equally appreciated in this piece is the inclusion of Brooklyn’s own Storyboard P who is like Jay Electronica says, “bringing ancient mathematics back to modern man” via his choreography and dance technique.

I watched it. I cried. I watched it again. I cried. It moved me for many reasons and has continued to do so. This in not just a music video. It is a magical realist love story about the hood, from the hood.


P.S. The album officially drops on Oct. 1st but you can take a first listen here, compliments of NPR.
First Listen: Flying Lotus, ‘Until the Quiet Comes’

P.S.S. When you get a chance, check out the review penned by my play twin and Neo-Talented Tenth artist Terence Nance: On the Breathtakingly Beautiful Freedom in Kahlil Joseph’s ‘Until the Quiet Comes.’


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