Purity Ring’s new video for “Lofticries” is kind of a doozy, but here are the plot scraps your faithful critic can ascertain from a few confused viewings. The entire thing is sort of like one of those types of plays where, 15 minutes into a given scene, someone claps their hands and the action shifts suddenly and drastically. We’re presented with four situations — ranging from a strange bit of supernatural voyeurism in a garage, to a kid’s half-assed attempts to fish out a dead body from a pool of sludge — only to see them drift in and out of each other, like some ephemeral fever dream. It might be a meditation on inaction in times of crisis or, judging by the clip’s ending, something far more sinister. Even if it’s really, really confusing, “Lofticries” is super fun to watch: the fantasticality of the video is a perfect match for the song’s cloudy intangibility, and it’s fun to watch these parallel universes collapse and re-build before our eyes.
“Doomsayer” [remix by Young Guru]
Dropped in true DOOM fashion, “Doomsayer” was posted late last year with no information regarding intention or its placement in the grand scheme of the ever-expanding DOOM mythos. It begins with a deep-throat clearing, as if the metal-faced wordsmith is waking up from a long hibernation, and ends with the usual world-domination Dr. Doom sample. And it’s good to see the supervillain is still using all of those non-threatening lyrics like “hunk-a-junk trunk,” “sanitary napkin bin,” and “winter fresh banana berry blend” to complete his world takeover declarations. Let’s hope this is the start of something bigger.
I think my tape player is dying. I have to stop buying these things at thrift stores. It’s starting to melt the tapes, and I probably won’t be able to find another one because these labels only release editions of, like, 20 tapes and they sell out immediately. Regardless, I’m not sure that what’s left of the throbbing, pre-warped samples of CCG would have survived the process of mixing it down to tape anyway, and Ms. Balmar didn’t bother, claiming on Tumblr:
BEEN SITTING ON IT FOR A LONG TIME AND DONT WANT TO GET MONEY FOR IT AND DONT WANT TO GIVE TO LABELS EVEN SLF JUST FUCKING WANT IT TO SIT THERE AND PEOPLE JUST HEAR IT AND THINK, ALRIGHT THEN. ITS ALL FUCKED UP AND AWFUL BUT ITS MY BABY, CASTRATED OF VV SCOPE PRODUCT.
So, download it over here, listen to it, and think what you will of it (preferably “alright then”).
Whiteout [mix curated by Crystal Dorval]
Okay. Hanukkah is over, right? Annnnnd Christmas is about to give me a three-day work week. So in celebration of days-off, here is Whiteout: a mix of melted Christmas classics curated by Crystal Dorval and starring 16 musicians warping you with wave after wave of woozy holiday spirit! Sing-along too. Even if you don’t know the musicians. Bond with them. Chances are, you’ll hear about ‘em in the new year. SCOPE SCOPE SCOPE!!!
The Redeemer [excerpt]
The Redeemer by Dean Blunt, Spring 2013. That’s all we know at the moment. More info coming soon.
• Hippos In Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net
The onus placed upon music journalists to come up with something new to say every time Lil B releases a mixtape has grown farcical, but a couple of viscerally appreciable facts distinguish Glassface from the outset. For one, it features certainly the most professional album art of Lil B’s prolific past year. And more importantly, the BasedGod sets things off with a sampled ‘n’ screwed nod to the classic “No Way Down” by 2012’s saddest musical casualty, Air France. Swimming in those beautiful sounds and dreams long gone, Lil B’s mortified rhetoricals feel strangely apropos: “What happened to my face? …Why did you do this to my beautiful face?” Truly, now more than ever: Thank You BasedGod.
• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com