Kat Saul is sharing the official music video for her new single “Monsters.” In keeping with the poignant messaging of the song, the mixed-media music video acts as a visualisation of a panic attack. By overlaying the video with animation and green screen footage, the video highlights how hard it can be to decipher fact from fiction when anxiety takes over.
Explaining the various elements of the video, Kat writes, “I start on a galaxy background looking like I’m in a fake world. There is animation making it seem like I’m in a cartoon. However, as the song progresses, the green screen starts to flicker in and out until I finally walk away from the background and shows that it was a green screen or ‘just in my head’ all along. As I dance around the studio the animations still follow me. It leaves me wondering which world is real — which monsters will stick with me, and which will pass?
I just want to escape and move past it all, but all I can do is walk around the studio in a circle, almost as if I’m cycling through this pattern in life. Using colour psychology, I wear orange when I’m manic, mauve when I’m depressive, and pink when I’m reflective. As the video comes to a close, viewers see one of the monsters on my shoulder.
He waves to the viewers as the song fades out. This shows coming to terms with your mental health and knowing that to some extent, the only way to fight your monsters is to become friends with them. All you can do is dance it out.”
Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based Kat Saul creates the kind of music that makes you want to dance, headbang and cry — sometimes all at once. The 22-year-old pop singer-songwriter has always thrived in her own paradox. She was a high school cheerleader who played guitar in a rock band; she listened to Top 40 radio hits and early aughts rock records; she blasted Katy Perry records in her babysitter’s car and attended pop-punk concerts at her local skate park.