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Motherborg Explores Dreams and Relationships in the Video for "Better Things"

Motherborg Explores Dreams and Relationships in the Video for "Better Things"

In a world of limitless potential but limited time, it’s easy to have competing dreams, which often includes the ever-popular dream of romantic love. But what do you do when that love begins to feel like it’s holding you back from something more? This question is explored with spectacular style by Atlanta’s Motherborg in the video for their new single “Better Things”.

Just when the music scene status quo was beginning to weigh on me, Motherborg came out of nowhere and blew my cynical mind. Judging from the eclectic musical stylings they explore, and their enigmatic, minimal presence on social media, you can tell this is a truly talented group that seems to laugh in the face of convention and do what they want. I rack my brain for the proper words to describe their sound, and what I keep coming back with is “this is just good music.” It’s clear this band doesn’t care too much for staying within the lines of a single genre, however “Better Things” falls pretty squarely in the pop rock category, emphasizing the four piece’s knack for delivering understated riffs and upbeat, memorable melodies. Motherborg is led by Evangeline Sellers, the powerful personality with an incredible smokey voice that reminds me somewhat of K. Flay or Florence Welch. On Motherborg’s YouTube profile, Evangeline describes herself as “a dreamer singing her heart out”, which I believe is also the most accurate description of the band’s sound as a whole.

The video for “Better Things” is full of lyrics and imagery that resonate with me. While not wasting time creating over-developed narratives, you can tell there seems to be a repeated theme of isolation inside everyday environments, where the different members of the band can be seen playing their instruments by themselves, with deep introspection on their faces. These solemn expressions are offset by Evangeline’s contagiously fun, flirty dancing peppered in between. The cinematography is smooth and professional, and the imagery, though simple, meshes well with the content of the song.

To me, the most remarkable display of talent in this song is how well-crafted the hook is. “I still love you, you still love me, but it can’t be- we’ve got better things to do” - this line puts a relatable concept into simple terms without feeling in any way obvious. Lyrics in the song’s verses provide listeners with a greater degree of context, telling of an artist who is sacrificing their relationship to have more time to work on reaching their dreams, but the hook itself will surely resonate with anyone who has ever made the tough decisions to leave a good relationship that wasn’t enough for them. Evangeline Sellers’ catchy delivery of such a unique yet relatable idea really caught my attention, and helped to set song apart from anything I’ve heard in a long time.   

If you’re fan of well-written, vocally-driven pop rock, you’ll be as thrilled as I was to discover Motherborg’s video for “Better Things”.  This is an unquestionably talented group whose musical authenticity will instantly grab your attention.

You can check out the video below, and be sure to give the rest of Motherborg’s music a listen on Bandcamp.

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