Electronic music is not exactly known for great music videos. There are your classics with large budgets and top notch production \such as The Prodigy videos back in the day. Today's big budget videos come from mainstream favorites such as Skrillex and Deadmau5, and those are cheesy to say the least. Don't get me wrong there are tons of great, clever videos out there featuring electronic artists, but the production value always seems to be second. This doesn't come as a surprise because music videos have never been a big part of dance music culture.
Enter "Pursuit" the latest video from French techno god Gesaffestein. I've liked his videos in the past. "Viol" featuring project Ghostrider was badass to the max. The production was simple and effective. No glitz and glam, just dark and grungy like the music it represented. "Pursuit" ups the glitz and glam several times over, but still maintains the dark overtones of the music. The production value is spectacular which is comes as a surprise considering Gesaffestein is well known, but by no means mainstream electronic music. I'm glad to see he has the budget to make such a standout video.
First impression of the video was "that was awesome, but I have no idea what just happened". After several watches patterns start to emerge, and you'll see a timeline of events unfolding. What you're seeing is the rise and fall of a dynasty under one roof. Or, a dictatorship might be more fitting. You see the story begin in a elaborate Victorian style house, and then progresses to a massive warehouse (I presume it was destroyed and the warehouse was built). Or the warehouse could be representative of the country or civilization in control. From there we see the peak of control (the statue) and war associated with it. Then comes the decline. Social experiments gone wrong. People turning on each other, and the weapons they once controlled are used to kill their own. Self destruction. The end of a dynasty.