Amaka Queenette’s visual EP Fleeting, Inconsequential, finds the singer caught between youthful joy and melancholic introspection but by not sticking solely to one emotional state.
In the video for Amaka Queenette’s two-song, exquisitely packaged, visual EP Fleeting, Inconsequential, a golden light burns. “Suffocate” is a rumbling R&B song that exudes confidence. As the song plays, the light brushes Queenette’s eyes and eventually engulfs her entire body. She is surrounded by people who are draped in plastic that hangs on them like a makeshift ghost costume, until they break free and are also touched by this light. The light is love. It’s warm and suffusive, but also blinding and fleeting, illuminating Queenette’s confusion as she sings: “I still want you even though I don’t want to.”
“Ceilings” starts to play and Queenette lies on a mattress on the floor. The light peaks through the curtains and cuts through her body. Like its partner, “Ceilings” is a reverbative R&B song but there’s a palpable urgency as Queenette tries to reconcile with the uncertainty of the future. The video alternates between shots of Queenette in the darkened room with the sliver of light, cruising around town on her bike, and riding in a truck with her friends. She is caught between youthful joy and melancholic introspection but by not sticking solely to one emotional state, Queenette makes her songs even more exquisite.
“It’s a fine night to feel infinite,” she sings, delighted and screaming on the back of a truck as it barrels down the road. “But we’re infinitely finite,” she resigns.