Next Frrday: dancing, eating, caking
but drinking cough syrup
when you didn’t have a cough
because in reality you’re
sicker than you thought.
Vance Joy performs ‘Riptide.’ (sic)
Hugely surprised by my liking this.
The obvious influences are re-contextualized and explored in fresh culture-jamming aesthetic spliced with the post-American New Wave of the early aughts—not just a complete rip-off… (look up director)
The song itself speaks with rare genuine conviction. It’s unabashed, which in its primal form is bravery, meaning an understanding of reality insofar as you are confident to cope with its contours. It (the song) is schmultzy—and vapid, yet it also suggests it’s clever enough to baffle you.
The blue sky establishing shot with the subtext at the bottom of the screen (the whole video comes “from out of a blue place”) is a perfect and seldom-used pallet cleansing motif, conditioning the viewer, clearing the mind. For when do we look to the sky, if not between settings and plot? I am reminded of some foreign movie I meant to see at the BAM/PFA: dying man’s monologue over a blue sky for like, two hours. But, it is the subtext thereon that demands our full attentions:
‘THE MYSTIFYING MOVING PICTURE ORACLE AND IT’S (sic) HEXAGRAMS “THE SKY” “THE DENTIST” “THE SWINGING LADY” “THE GIRL” “BOOK OF CHANGES” “THE FOOLS” “THE DOLLAR’ “THE MAGICIAN” “THE PORTAL” “THE OCEAN” “THE RUNNING COWBOY” “THE RUNNING LADY” “REAR WINDOW” “THE LEMON” “THE BOARD” “THE CONFUSE WOMAN” “THE GUN” “THE BLADE” “THE RIPTIDE” ARE TRADEMARKS FOR THE TALKING VIDEO SET OF V.J.’
It speaks for itself.
The well-framed, -colored, -shot and -expressed terror residing in the frames of the flashing lyrico-literal vignettes (—well, they’re shorter than vignettes, flashes [as in -forward, -back, etc ., in this case –to?]—) takes itself as seriously as an actual irrational fear of dentists. The cold-sweat brand that only children and the braver neurotics can actually manage. These are not merely artistic affectations, they are the truths of a body living in conviction.
The LIGHTING and COLORING.
Perfect. Washed-out and set to a pallet at just the right ratios and degrees to prop up the events and embolden them into symbolized universalized, but vivid, experiential memories. Cartoonish, but you can see the texture of the flesh and the terror in their eyes, the creases on the dollar against the rough indigo cotton cloth. High-definition is hyperrreality.
Making mention of the elephant invites the discussion of VELOCITE. Excellent movie-within-music-video moment, or song-within-a-song rhapsodic moment. Trippy, gets trippier. Tilting at tilting, around the surface of the sphere. Like a riptide. (Reminds me of Inherent Vice, but a touch more idealistic and much younger. Pynchon was never young, not even a child.)
Synthesized, the above-mentioned qualities combine in a gestalt determined by their framing, which is both ambitious, creative, but also classically romantic, like an oily Delacroix.
Like an oily Vance Joy. The rest of his music isn’t all that fetching.
But, I’ll give him a chance…
“Taken from the EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’.
Available on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/i9p7qd
You can also buy the EP from:
JB HiFi: http://bit.ly/15JGEiA
Co Director: Laura Gorun
Cinematographer/Set Design: Dominique Basil
Editor: Raex Murillo”
This Powerful Video Shows Men What It Feels Like To Be Subjected To Sexism And Sexual Violence
i really like this. it’s got the microagressions down in a lot of ways, also things like body language and posture? i recognized the men doing things and speaking in ways that women are trained to and it was awesome to see. also things like all the men being nurses or old secretaries in the police station and the hospital. there was also a moment of white feminism, which was interesting to see translated. basically, i like this a lot because it’s a pretty faithful mirror.
This killed me
Meet me here.
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce: http://nonadventures.com/
I love the worried expression on Rita’s face when she starts in with the Super Mario digression.
enter the night on Flickr.
A must-follow blog, by a youthful Argentine multi-medium artist, I give you: Collage al infinito by Mariano Peccinett, and his related works’ linx.
Happy trails, friends.
Cat Stevens with a Cat.
A log of musicians and pets: http://www.reviler.org/2012/05/30/cat-stevens-with-a-cat/