Tag Archives: Trip Hop

Video Clip of the Week: Inner Oceans, “Call Through the Wire”

Hey, what’s up. Do you feel like you just can’t quite get your ass out of bed on this Sunday morning? I feel your pain. This week’s Video Clip, the sublime dark pop anthem, “Call Through the Wire” from Denver-based electronic pop trio Inner Oceans, is ready to play Devil’s Advocate. I mean, “Call Through the Wire” has that gentle, static ebb that works so well as a tonic for an acid hangover; where the intermittent drop-outs in the audio can be mistaken for blips in your temporarily fried consciousness. It’s also entirely suited to post-break-up wound licking, where the woozy beats nurse the bitter-sweetness of absolute relief mixed with a dull, aching melancholy. This song comes right out and asks, indeed, why get up at all? Well, it doesn’t really, but it should.

Visually, there are no big challenges here: just keep your orbs open and let them absorb the pretty, colored lights. Inner Oceans is frontman Griffith Snyder, guitarist/programmer Charles Kern, and multi-instrumentalist Julia Mendiolea, who aspire to sculpt music that is exceptionally personal, while also embodying a spiritual mystery and elegance that is just out of reach. “Call Through the Wire” an addictive elixir of haunting electronic tones and unconventional infectious melodies.  Enjoy!

Inner Oceans Band
Photo by Luca Venter

Video Clip of The Week: Temple Invisible, “Everything From Above”

There are certainly equal measures of intense, captivating beauty in both the aural and visual aspects of this week’s featured video clip, “Everything From Above” from Temple Invisible, the trip-hop/Industrial musical project of Irina Bucescu, Costas Ivanov and Daniel Olteanu – three multi-instrumentalists from Bucharest, Romania. I’m a huge fan of trip hop, but I also watch a lot of Science Fiction films, and I can hear this song on the sound track, or perhaps played over a powerfully disquieting end-credits — of a film like Ex Machina or Europa Report — or any film where the Robots are smarter than the Humans, or a perceived paradise is not quite the Shangri-La it appears to be.

The computer-generated video, created by Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis, who specializes in creating fractal environments, is so richly detailed, you can watch it almost endlessly, as it continues to draw you further into the song’s rich fantasy landscape. The band describe the song and video concept below:

“Seeing everything from above doesn’t necessarily indicate towards a high standing point from which you can observe what happens bellow, though partially it does. Mainly, it is about going deep inside — entering the space which offers one the whole perspective and exploring the subconscious mind.”

“Everything From Above” can be found on Temple Invisible’s expanded edition of its EP, Enter, out now. Welcome to The Machine. Enjoy!

Temple Invisible