After a six year gap John Maus is back with a new song called “The Combine” which comes off of his upcoming album, Screen Memories. The track is clad in synth, backed by a tireless drum beat, and smattered with Maus’ signature, breathy vocals. If you’re a fan his previous albums you’re certainly going to enjoy this track. As for the album overall:
Screen Memories was written, recorded, and engineered by Maus over the last few years in his home in Minnesota. It’s a solitary place situated in the sub-zero winter temperatures creep into the songs as do the buzzing wasps of summer.
Definitely looking forward to this. Check out the trippy video for “The Combine” below. It’s worth a watch for the crazy crop mirroring effect. You’ll get it when you see it ;)
David Lewandowski’s time for sushi is a beautifully shot, incredibly fucked up nightmare of video and CGI that I can’t get out of my head. It’s the sequel to going to the store, an equally fucked up vision, but time for sushi was filmed in Japan, has a much larger “cast of characters” and brings more insight into this strange, naked world. It makes me think of Attack on Titan but without the giants and the people being eaten alive bit.
Over the weekend Scott Hansen aka Tycho debuted new visuals at Coachella for his song Horizon. It’s a peppy, guitar driven electronic track, exactly what you’d expect from Tycho. It’s those visuals that really make this exciting, which takes the signature lush colors and tones he brands himself with and brings them to life in a swirling, mesmerizing display. I’m sure this would have been amazing to see live. I need a screensaver of this stat.
Raphael Vangelis, a London based director, created this super inventive video titled Analogue Loaders which brings the digital concept of waiting into a fantastic physical world. His reason for creating it? He feels like it’s how he spends his life.
This short film is my animated autobiography. I spend most of my life swearing at the computer because it’s crashed or isn’t working. Here, well known digital symbols are turned into something analogue and playful. The result is an homage to all the lost time we collectively spend in digital limbo in the hopes of sudden development on our screen.
There’s also a behind-the-scenes look at how he and his team made the video, which was a much more arduous process than I would have imagined. A majority of the elements were 3D printed, assembled, captured via stop-motion and then all sorts of digital video apps to create that handmade vibe of the video. I’m so curious to know just how long this video took to make. I feel like it had to take months, right? I think it was worth the effort but I personally wouldn’t have the patience to make something like this.
At this point there’s a documentary about nearly every topic. And now, thanks to Netflix, design is continuing to become more mainstream. Sure, we have Gary Hustwit’s documentary trilogy of Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Outside of Helvetica though, they mostly played to those particular audiences.
Abstract: The Art of Design, will be a documentary series that focuses on a wide variety of creatives (think Chef’s Table but for design) which Netflix describes as showcasing “their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.” Featured in the series is Paula Scher, Christoph Niemann, Platon, Tinker Hatfield, Ralph Giles, Bjarke Ingels, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin.
It’s a pretty phenomenal line-up, but I find it interesting that there are some folks like Bjarke Ingels who I’d classify as an architect, not a designer. Same with Christoph Niemann, phenomenally talented but I’d certainly put him more int he camp of illustrator. Either way, it’s great to see creatives in our line of work being highlighted in this way. Hopefully the show is a hit and we get several seasons to enjoy.
Since 1991, Mark Pritchard has been making genre-spanning electronic music that ventures from House, to Ambient, to Drum and Bass. His most recent effort Under The Sun was aptly described by Pitchfork as “deeply atmospheric and richly impressionistic, Under the Sun is an easy album to disappear into.” The album feels like science fiction journey with moments of wonder and mystery.
The music video for “Beautiful People” is a perfect manifestation of this feeling. The song features TFIB favorite Thom Yorke, both vocally and as a transcendent robotic spirit wandering a seemingly deflate landscape. Director Michal Marczak has truly encapsulated the feeling of the album into six minutes of visual narrative.
The house LaBeija still lives on, thankfully, as evidenced by this music video for Pillar Point which features Kia LaBeija representing her House marvelously, dah’ling. Watching someone vogue is always entrancing. There’s such a fluidity and poise to the act, like a form of ballet that was born from a queer place. Setting this intriguing dance against the lush, color-filled streets of Bogotá and you’ve got a music video you can’t take your eyes off of. I’m so glad to see
Editor’s note: I do realize that my writing has been sporadic lately. I’m hoping to get back into it with more regularity.
The mundaneness of repeating task is often tedious, but what if it was actually something beautiful? Perhaps this is Moli Studio’s take on the matter? Their video Endless takes a mono-colored world and adds in a series of machines which perform random tasks. In the context of the video though they’re oddly hypnotizing.
ENDLESS is a story about seeking and not finding.
It’s the mechanized routine.
It’s to get up, go to work, eat, fall in love, buy, throw, fall out of love, accept, sleep, wake up.
ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding.