The video, directed by fellow Dane Adam Hashemi, is a sweet coming-of-age story about an over-imaginative and aroused child. It's about the shame of the first sexual experience, from the perspective of a creepy pre-pubescent boy. Like I said, I was surprised to find a music video that I would enjoy again!
Ambient post-rock veterans return to the basics with their sixth album Other Truths, an homage to their tradition of continuous instrumental wall of sound leading to psychic oblivion. Along with musicians from Akron/Family and Lullabye Arkestra, the album sounds much like a live exploration of humanity's deepest commonality: the process between thought and action.
"Do" starts up optimistically, with catchy distorted guitar riffs, building up to a montage of almost cataclysmic orchestral proportions. The second song "Make" follows the same structure, but is far more emotive and thoughtful, as if it was reaching for authenticity. Not a stranger to brass instruments, the trumpet and saxophone add tremendous sensual texture to "Say." Like their other albums, Other Truths is nearly entirely instrumental, which gives a sensation of dialogue between the passages and the instrument groups themselves.
The end trails off contemplatively with their fourth track "Think," a slow meticulous exploration of this other and final truth — the fourth facet of the human condition.
Playing an intimate set in quasi-candlelight, Vangaalen delivered his usual, hauntingly beautiful vocal talents reminiscent of a younger, more optimistic Neil Young. Clad in a vintage 1970s outfit, complete with flared pants and a moorlock-styled mop of a wig, the singer songwriter played songs mostly from his critically acclaimed album Soft Airplane, which has become somewhat of a modern classic to those who favour poetic contemplations of death, decay and the sweetness of the human condition. Highlights included an energetic, distorted performance of "Inside the Molecule," an homage to grungy guitar rock of the 1990s, typified by the image of the lazy teenager rising "early in the afternoon." He finished the set with an eerie but sedating performance of "Molten Light," which has been dubbed creepy and morbid by some, and sentimental and poetic by others. All in all, it was a beautiful show. Check out his video for "Molten Light," which Vangaalen animated himself. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLw5b70OJH8]