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4.25.2016

Erik Blood - "Chase the clouds"

Seattle-based artist Erik Blood makes music that lives in the magic hour. His production is a nuanced secret told only to his co-conspirators (Shabazz Palaces, Moondoggies, THEESatisfaction most notably). After two albums and a film score, he is delving further inward, into the dream, and returning with tales and melodies that evoke the warmth between two bodies and the dizziness of love, sex -or other substances. All Peter Edlund needed to create a complex story was a six-and-a-half-minute song. He got it with Erik Blood's "Chase the clouds", the first single off his upcoming "Lost in slow motion" LP due out April 29. Into the song's moody, uplifting ambiance the director projected the story of a young man attending a Sixties gay conversion camp -this sort of place apparently still exist though they go by other names now. Peter Edlund evoked a powerful sense of period and place through subtle flourishes in costuming and direction and his characters convey surprising depth, as if they exist beyond the bounds of the video. His imagery and the song suffuse the video with a hazy nostalgia -for first love, summer romance, careless youth- which is darkened and twisted by the circumstances of the narrative. The campers are put through sessions where they associate same-sex attraction with pain and go on practice dates with girls, but even that isn’t enough to keep the boys from revealing their true nature in their bunks at night. If the video does explore the latent cruelty involved in forcing one to change the way they really are, it also showcases the enduring power of hope in the human spirit, and how even in the face of suppression and intolerance, hope always takes precedence.


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