Music Video Spotlight: “The Wolf” by SIAMÉS
SIAMÉS’ song “The Wolf” was the first single from their “Bounce into The Music” debut album. Its corresponding music video is the most popular video on their YouTube channel, coming in with almost 120 million views since 2017. Directed by Fer Suniga and animated by RUDO Co., a lot of …
SIAMÉS’ song “The Wolf” was the first single from their “Bounce into The Music” debut album. Its corresponding music video is the most popular video on their YouTube channel, coming in with almost 120 million views since 2017. Directed by Fer Suniga and animated by RUDO Co., a lot of people contributed to this masterful and creative piece.
“The Wolf” follows the story of three individuals and their different addictions. One man is shown to struggle with drinking, there’s a girl who smokes, and another guy rides his motorcycle without his helmet (conveying recklessness). One by one, they’re confronted and chased by these wolf-like creatures, vicious and able to morph and transform. By the end of the video, the three of them are cornered together and surrounded by a giant demonic wolfpack, and we see one of the characters running towards them—-finally confronting them.
There are lots of lyrics that seem to support the story that the music video is telling. For example, some lines portraying addiction include “I’m out of my head / Of my heart, of my mind” and “You can run but you can’t hide.” The wolves are symbolic of their addictions, chasing them down no matter where they go—-it’s just like the lyrics say, they can’t hide from them. There’s another line that goes “I won’t trust myself / Once I hear your call,” which could be how a person feels overwhelmed or overpowered by their alcoholism or smoking or reckless behavior. The lyrics further support this symbolic “wolf” by describing a hunt, using phrases like “flesh” and “I’m gonna make you mine.”
To continue, “The Wolf” has a clean art style with a black and white palette, sometimes using pinkish reds for details like the wolves’ eyes or transitional scenes. There’s a fun mix of literal and fantastical settings and backgrounds, like the bar and the road versus the pink anti-gravity space where they’re all floating.
In brief, “The Wolf” is yet another example of an amazing music video, the collaboration of numerous artists including musicians, storytellers and animators. At least so far, SIAMÉS has released exclusively animated music videos, and as animation becomes more and more popular for music, there’s no doubt that we’ll see more fantastic pieces like “The Wolf.”