It’s about 51 seconds into the video for “Coroner” when you see the blood, but at first it just looks like a blemish. Then, 20 seconds later, you realize that it’s definitely blood, and its streaming out of the nose of Lando Chill, a rapper and singer from Tucson, Arizona. “Coroner” is his debut single on Mello Music Group, which will release his full album later this summer.
The music video for “Coroner” traces the story of a young couple’s tumultuous relationship, which is then mirrored in Lando physically falling apart. Malcolm Critcher, the video’s director, explains that the concept was to show how losing a loved one, whether through a breakup or otherwise, takes something away from you as a person. “We thought the idea of externalizing that, or expressing it on a physical level, would be a really interesting,” he says.
“Coroner” has a paired-down groove, a melancholy synth line, and Lando’s mournful voice—all combining to convey the dull, unabating pain of loss. The video can be visually graphic with the gore, but it still shows some restraint.
This wasn’t Lando’s first experience on a set, but he does say it was a learning experience. When asked how he was able to convey emotional and physical pain without coming off melodramatic, he offers, “Acting is interesting. Too much of it means it’s unbelievable, and too little of it, and you’re looking like Christian Slater,” says Lando. “And you don’t want to look like Christian Slater.”