I’m going to take an educated guess that some of you will press play on this track and the video below and love what you hear and see, but then wonder what the hell is going on. So I got a hold of the lyrics hoping to shine a light on the extraterrestrial aesthetic we’ve been presented with.
The minimalist gloom pop paired with a curious and fantastically vivid claymation world created by sci-fi video director and artist Rafael Bonilla Jr. tells us that something unsettling is being provoked. The lyrics read: “Open your eyes choking on his breath/You grimace then smile/Take a toke of his wet cigarette/He picks your brains/You stub it on his chest/slit his tongue with one fast hand/Stuff his mouth with the salty sand/Tie his arms with hair from his head/And roll him round like a rusty can.”
While I’d like to say I know exactly what I’m talking about — I don’t — I think the track fights with fear embodied, while the video resembles an over-active imagination, possibly the mental state we experience when we’re asleep, yet seemingly in control of our dreams and nightmares. It all reminds me of the words of Chinese illustrator Fay Huo: “Human beings can be scary, monsters can be friendly — just play with them.”
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