Too Much

JANUARY 5, 2022
USA | 3 minutes | 2020

Directed by Liann Kaye
Featuring KAYE

Too Much

“I wrote this song to make sense of a period of great emotional confusion in my life. I had made many drastic changes at the same time regarding my career and my relationships and was left feeling totally unanchored, like I just blew up my life for no reason—even though at my core I knew it was necessary for my own growth.”
– Charlene Kaye

Director’s Statement

The visual was directed by Liann Kaye, Charlene’s sister, and it depicts Kaye’s shedding of her old ways in a pretty literal fashion. “[It] was inspired by Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece,” in which she sits on a stage wearing her best suit and invites the audience to cut and keep a piece of her clothing, which slowly reveals more and more of her body until she’s completely exposed,” Charlene continues. “Even though it’s slow, there’s a violence about it that I found riveting. With the “Too Much” video, instead of having other people remove pieces of my outfit, I wanted to be the agent of my own destruction and rebirth. The outfit is made up of thousands of individual pieces of fabric that took hours to arrange on my body. Eventually they slowly fly off, get danced off and get ripped off from an orderly, logical place into utter chaos.”

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Director: Liann Kaye
Cinematographer: Taylor Stanton
Choreographer: Jadée Nikita
Costume: Lara de Bruijn

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