On the surface, Michaela May’s 1954 is a brassy, stomping electropop number with a beast of a chorus but there’s a message to be taken away about the song – one about women having to face societal pressures to look and act a certain way – and it’s something that the Toronto-based pop star has addressed for the track’s single-take video which you can catch up top.
“I didn’t want the true meaning of “1954″ to be completely lost in a catchy melody and lyrical metaphors, so I knew I had to make a statement. For the video, I focused particularly on women and the treatment of women. Society often talks about how far women have come, but there are still some fundamental issues that beg the question, is this still “1954?” I wanted to create something visually that highlighted this. I didn’t want to make a ‘pretty’ pop music video, I wanted to make a video that made a statement about how I feel I still believe we have a long way to go with societal norms and pressures and hopefully my video will prompt some discussion and thought about how we can move forward….”
That’ll teach you for thinking brilliant pop songs and deeper meanings are mutually exclusive.
Download 1954 from iTunes here.