Watch the video, via IDIOTEQ, here.
In “Voicemails from the Great Satan,” author Adam Gnade and musician Demetrius Antuña forge a soundscape for all of our fears and frustrations in Trump’s America, as well as a voice for our ghosts. Adam speaks in a tone that feels anguished, desperate, even bereaved, as if reciting a eulogy at the funeral of a country (“America, you broke our heart”). This is surrounded by the piercing wails of bowed guitar and jarring drums/gongs. Antuña’s use of sound is meant to represent electricity, which he noted was “heavily influenced by Dean Hurley’s sound design in Twin Peaks: The Return”. In the “Daytime Suite,” instrumentation and field recordings create a sense of “post-technology-” the incessant, indefinite buzzing of a world left in constant disarray and permanent malfunction. Towards the end of the piece, this ambience shifts towards the organic. Adam’s voice settles into a drowsy tone of calmness, even surrender, and we are left to feel a possible sense of moving forward– though to what end has not yet been written. Video director/editor Maddie Pericak compliments these emotions through the use of images and footage that range from bucolic and muted to abstract, boldly vivid, and disquieting.
Video is directed and edited by Maddie Pericak. Track is off the EP Voicemails from the Great Satan, released February 16, 2018 by Three One G Records. Available through Three One G on limited edition pink cassette, as well as digitally on iTunes. Order here.
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