Watch pop newcomer Casi’s skin-crawling debut video
Snails and centipedes crawl over the Welsh singer’s skin in the video for ‘Lion’, the directorial debut of London photographer Maisie Cousins
Pop newcomer Casi has been making music since she was 11 years old. Growing up in the north of Wales, it took her a decade to start speaking English – all of her earliest songs were written in her mother tongue. Now based in East London, the singer is preparing her debut single “Lion”, a rousing piece of arena pop that she describes as being about the feeling of emotional and political paralysis.
Its video is the directorial debut of Dazed 100’s Maisie Cousins, the London-based photographer whose work explores the grotesque beauty of the human body. The video pairs images of conventional beauty with skin-crawling closeups of bugs and insects, with snails and centipedes crawling over Casi’s body. “I wanted it to feel almost unpleasant, a situation that you wouldn’t choose to be in,” says Cousins, “But at the same time it had to be beautiful and I think almost sensual, depending on your opinion of bugs crawling over your skin.”
You can watch the video for “Lion” below, and read on for a head-to-head chat between Casi and Cousins about the video’s concept and their own artistic philosophies.