It should be no secret by now that we here at Tiny Mix Tapes like Jason Lescalleet a whole lot. His excellent album Songs About Nothing was among our favorite albums of 2012, and now in an effort to remind us all of how much that record rules, Lescalleet has unleashed a video for the appropriately named “The Loop,” which predominantly features pulsating pinks and greens from Lescalleet’s Big Black-referencing cover art, as well as some potentially subliminal bright flashes.
However, given Lescalleet’s tendencies to frequently distort and warp bits of cultural ephemera, questions about the artist’s intention are raised with this video. Is Lescalleet asking us to evaluate “The Loop” as a single? His decision to release a video of this track well after Songs About Nothing’s release is reminiscent of mainstream pop music’s current practice of mining an album for single after single for months — sometimes even years — in order to maintain interest. Could this be Lescalleet’s brilliant attempt to simultaneously implement and warp this practice in the realm of experimental music? I’m not quite sure of the answer, but from a strictly visual level, there’s plenty to enjoy from director Justin Meyers’ alternately welcoming and intimidating visuals that go well with the equally inviting/intense mix of grooves, field recordings, and noises of Lescalleet’s track.
You can check out the video above. Songs About Nothing is currently available from Erstwhile.