Directed by Luna Shadows
Creative Direction by Luna Shadows & Jori Teplitzky
Cinematography by Luna Shadows & Thomas Powers
Animation by Jori Teplitzky & Lu Nasciamento
Editing by Jori Teplitzky and Luna Shadows
Pixel Art by Lu Nasciamento
Assistant Direction + Creative & Production Assistance by Thomas Powers
Special thanks to Teddy Dief for the connects/consulting & Mira Brock for the slams
Shot on iPhone
Written & produced by Luna Shadows, Sombear, and Thomas Powers
From the upcoming debut album “Digital Pacific”
I never forget a fear, starting with my earliest visions of how I might go: falling into lava or quicksand, two scenes that the 90’s video games of my childhood painted as fairly possible outcomes. Fast forward to me as a clinically anxious adult: I sometimes cannot distinguish between things that are actually harmful and those that just feel bad. My anxiety wants my body to believe that every threat is equal – bizarrely, the physical anxiety that accompanies me on an airplane can sometimes feel as emotionally threatening as being left on read. A call from an unknown number will send me into a panic spiral, and so forth.
I wrote this song at a time when I was experiencing such debilitating bouts of hypervigilance that the simple act of leaving my home felt frightening: everything everywhere was out to get me. So many things could go wrong in a day: car accidents, shark attacks, lightning strikes, drowning, losing loved ones… I go through periods where I pull every and any nearby fear into focus. When writing “The Nineties,” the attempt to fit as many of these fears as possible into an upbeat production was a very deliberate act intended to help me view myself with a lighter heart, to take back some control, and to laugh in the face of my anxious habits.