Still from Genesis video by GRIMES – click for full size
Before I say anything else. Go to Amazon or iTunes and buy this album – Visions, by Grimes. It’s phenomenal. If you know me or are familiar with my blog you’ll know I don’t make recommendations lightly. These guys like The Hacker’s album – Rêves Mécaniques – ingested through a sparkling haze of aerosol narcotics.
The video is from the single GENSIS (free download on soundcloud), taken from the Visions album. Great visuals that are suitably edgy and memorable to do justice to the jaw-dropping native talent of the album and artists its representing. This is great music but the video helps place it in the gritty gloss of tomorrow, embossing the sounds with the hallmark of Cyberpunk culture: 20 minutes into the future.
It’s David Lynch – Lost Highway – meets Olympic Airways by the Foals – just with more fake nails and lip gloss. Sniff deep and suck hard on the gong-pipe. This will make your face crease with a languid smile beneath half-lidded eyes.
On a personal level, the sight of people so absorbed by alternative fashion that they appear almost alien – who are also riding around in combustion engine vehicles whilst carrying modern medieval weaponry – just captures the quintessential dichotomy of the world of Yellow Dawn. Yellow Dawn is the Earth of the near future after a cataclysmic event delivers apocalyptic changes to life on the planet. Survivors either cluster around a few Living Cities or cope with the new wilderness – bushcraft and patched-up technology. But a video like this shows the almost freakish collision of city survivors heading out into the new wilderness. Naive and thinking they can head out for some quick thrills facing off against a hostile environment or capable fear-junkies who have the ability to back up the action? How well they cope depends on what kind of guides they’ve invested in, and what kind of jacked up biological systems they’ve got inside of them – thanks to bioweave implants or the more grungy, hardcore tech of cybernetics.
It’s also another stellar signing by those devilishly clever folks at 4AD (think Dead Can Dance and Clan of Xymox) and more recently the ludicrously talented Purity Ring. Cyberpunk today. Yup. It’s happening super quick now. We’re sliding towards a singularity of burned chrome.
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THE BLACK LAKE: The Earth has been ravaged by an event known as Yellow Dawn. Ten years later, survivors are putting lives back together and probing the frontiers of a new Wilderness; whilst overhead the orbital colonies slide across the sky, removed and unaffected. Five men leave the fortress island of Malta on an expedition to the sub-Arctic waters above Scotland. They intend to undertake scientific observations of an alien meteorological phenomenon that has followed the apocalyptic event. What they find is a cosmic horror that seethes amongst the shadows of a shattered Earth. It is a story of escape and wonder, of madness and terror. David J Rodger’s trademark unforgiving rendering of harsh reality, and relentless narrative pace, are here in palm-sweating abundance, delivered in a novel that tears open a rent in the boundary of reality, providing a nerve-jarring glimpse of the Outer Chaos and the horrors that lurk just beyond the threshold of our fragile, human existence.
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