Sheenah Ko Releases “Eyes of the Ego”


Montreal-based electronic-pop artist Sheenah Ko, who is also a core member of Canadian indie darlings Besnard Lakes,  releases “Eyes of the Ego,” the fourth single and music video from her recent sophomore album, Future Is Now

While the track embodies the same introspective, ethereal qualities pioneered by trailblazing artists such as Kate Bush and Björk, the video for “Eyes of the Ego” is poised and powerful, unraveling with a grace that runs refreshingly contrary to the frantic pace of many modern videos.

Sheenah excitedly notes that the clip also serves to break down several cultural barriers as she works to highlight underrepresented and marginalized populations through her work.

“I am proud to share a music video that was 100% female-made from all the cast, crew, and management, and where over half the cast and crew identify as LGBTQ+,” says Sheenah, who also identifies as LGBTQ+. “I was also thrilled to have Chinese Canadian violinist FOONYAP contribute to the recording of the track. Her performance marries brittle traditional melodies with classical deconstructionism and a minimalist electronic aesthetic”.

Directed by Anne Marie Munoz, the video for “Eyes of the Ego” stars Ko alongside filmmaker/artist/actor Katharine King So, and Le Couleur vocalist Laurence Giroux-Do, all women of mixed Asian descent.

“I believe it’s important that we continue to employ and cast diversity as we move forward into a more open generation of visuals and how media represents the current population,” she explains. “I love breaking barriers and exposing viewers to more openness and acceptance, not only through my music but also through the visuals.”  

“With the video, I felt it was important to have two other actresses that looked like me, with similar racial backgrounds, to illustrate mirror/dream-like image and to represent the looking at one’s self,” she says.

“Passion and anger are manifestations of the ego; that can drag us deeper and deeper into our minds, into a dream where we can’t escape, where we lose our sense of time and where we lose the sense of who we really are,” Munoz explains. “But sometimes we need to lose ourselves to discover who we are. This video represents the explorations of the self, to identify and accept the ego as a part of us, while realizing it does not have to be us or define us. To realize we are the eyes behind our ego and that we can also be the observer of the ego.”