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Andrew Keoghan’s “Queues at Dani Keys”: A Video of Brilliant Façads and Fictionalities

Similarly to many iconic movies of the ’80s, New Zealand-born Andrew Keoghan doesn’t spare any bit of that glitz while simultaneously showing us how dangerously easy it is to get sucked into a world where everyone constantly strives to one-up the other in his latest music video for “Queues at Dani Keys.” A metropolitan lifestyle of luxury, fame, fortune, and desire can be mesmerizing yet occasionally destructive.

Andrew Keoghan Explores a New Norm…

Keoghan’s music video, directed by Auckland, New Zealand talent Puck Murphy, can be described as a tribute to defying society’s norms concerning gender and sexual orientation, while also being a satirical display of club culture. Everything that goes down behind the doors of Dani Keys is a matter of image, where it’s not about what you know but who you know. Andrew Keoghan perfects this theme with visually-stunning effects that whole-heartedly encompass the era, ranging from smoke and mirrors to rapidly flashing lights and, of course, the glamour. Oh, the glamour.

Yet, there is a certain eeriness to it (and I’m not just talking about the mannequins that border the uncanny valley). It’s almost like a sci-fi film, an avant-garde fashion show, a David Bowie tribute, and “Night at the Roxbury” all at once.

At the same time, Andrew Keoghan brilliantly throws the constructs of gender out of the window by allowing himself to be transformed into various ritzy personas throughout the video.

“Queues at Dani Keys” is in and of itself a heavily ’80s inspired tune, combining effective bass, done by Brazilian percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos ( STOMP, Sting, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill), synth-pop, R&B as well electronica to create a perfectly eclectic and ephemeral sound.

The song can be heard on Keoghan’s second LP, Every Orchid Offering, out July 29 on Fuchsia Kick. Every Orchid Offering is Keoghan’s anticipated 10-track collection — which was partially written during his two-month period of isolation on a black sand beach in New Zealand, as well as from Keoghan’s Bed-Stuy residence — explores Keoghan’s itinerant existence between the two countries.

Catch Keoghan on his album release tour in August.

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