2017 has been quite an eventful year for Daniel Caesar, the Canadian soul singer who was recently nominated for two Grammys, including Best R&B Album. Shortly after the Grammy nominations were announced, Daniel Caesar released the official visuals for “Freudian”, the title track off his new, critically acclaimed album.
Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown, who’ve worked on a number of Caesar’s previous videos, directed Freudian, a Visual. The video begins with a dual shots of Daniel Caesar, one of which is undergoing am emotional breakdown, the other a more suave, put together version of Caesar who is playing off a heartbreak by being in the company of other women. You can check out the incredible, beautifully realized Freudian, a Visual below.
Freudian, a Visual cuts midway to an outdoor scene which highlights the lyrics of the third verse. The scene shows Daniel Caesar acting as boot camp instructor to a group of women running along the side of the road. Director Yazdani told Complex the video was intended to reflect the overall concept of the album, which explores the parallels between Caesar’s conscious and subconscious mind.
“It’s an introspective look into why Daniel is the way he is, and the relationships in his life that are responsible for such,” Yazdani explained. “The second half of the video was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Danny instructing the drill line as the sergeant is him finally taking control of all the relationships he’s experienced. Leading, as opposed to being lead.” Yazdani continued: “At the end of the day, the reason the visual is so obscure, is so the viewer can interpret it as feels right to them.”
From performing on Stephen Colbert’s show with Chance the Rapper, to being the perfect backing soundtrack to a bunch of Insecure-inspired people who proposed at his concerts, to raking in two Grammy nominations, 2017 has been an unforgettable year for Daniel Caesar.