Modern Superstitions were always a band on the verge. Their mix of girl group hooks and New Wave style was infectious, but the Toronto garage rockers seemed stalled in perpetual adolescence, brimming with potential but never quite comfortable enough to fully meet it. Nyssa Rosaleen is ready to take that extra step, but she’s doing it alone. We’ve got the premiere of the debut video from Nyssa’s new eponymous solo project, “Swear 2 Me,” which sheds the retro trappings of her old band and replaces them with a dark electro soundscape courtesy of producer David Psutka of Egyptrixx.
“I started Modern Superstitions when I was 15 with my then boyfriend and we kept it going for seven years,” Nyssa tells us. “I learned what I know from writing and playing in that band, but it goes without saying I’ve changed a lot since then. I want my songs to be like spells and incantations. I want there to be a ritualistic element to my performances. I’m asking for an emotional and physical response. I believe I should do that alone.”
Director Michael Marotti’s stylish black and white video for “Swear 2 Me” echoes the song’s meditation on romantic possession and control, casting Nyssa as a lonely, brooding figure who drinks from a chalice and takes a bath in glowing platform heels while a demonic guardian (somewhere between Guy Fawkes and a Gorg) hovers ominously in the foreground. “I wanted to play with traditionally feminine notions of hysteria and self-abandonment and the creative and destructive elements in passionate love,” she says.