Directing duo Lucy Dyson and Joseph Jensen’s animated take on the British indie pop songstress Gemma Ray's most recent “Rescue Me” is in two parts: sparkle and spook. The track itself is plucked from her fourth studio album, Island Fire and harbors Lynchian qualities I can really get behind. I’m also getting behind it for protection because a Gemma Ray sounds quite perilous. In the end our lead dodges asteroids behind the wheel of a Pontiac GTO while a variety of carefully chosen items purchased to prepare for the impending apocalypse ride shotgun. Let’s take a moment to consider the addition of bug spray, mustard and a pineapple to our end of the world lists, too.
Bewitching cinematic puppetry enthusiasts, The Hand/Nightshade alongside directing team Jason Thibodeaux and Sarah Frechette have dreamed up a semi-terrifying concept to accompany art punk Japanther’s “Lil Taste”. Think Meet the Feebles with less adorable drug-addled characters. And there’s something about that :35 mark that might prove more effective than a DARE program and most definitely inspire a nightmare.
Talk about an ideal segue into Lower Dens’ sophomore album, Nootropics (“smart drugs” by definition). Full of striking images by director/renowned photographer, Sebastian Mlynarski the video for the Baltimore-based sleep rock outfit’s “Propagation” follows a handful of cool dudes donning lambent beekeeper costumes through the forest after dark. Hey, stranger things have happened in Maryland. More important elements of note include a light look at dendrophilia and how their adventure culminates in a gleeful glowhole gathering that may or not be suitable for the office.