Have you ever wanted to fly through outer space on board some intergalactic dancefloor transport? Well look no further as DFA Records’ own The Crystal Ark (aka Gavin Russom) is here to facilitate that need. Having just recently released his self-titled debut for DFA, Russom heads off into space for the video for “We Came To.” With abstract sci-fi visuals and psychedelic flourishes, the video, directed by Viva Ruiz, plays like a hypnotic alien orgy of music and movement. There are occasional glimpses of the normal world (possibly hallucinations, visions, cybernetic implant degradation…who knows), but they are fleeting and soon enough we’re pulled back into some future where overwhelming audio/visual stimuli is commonplace. Just watch the video. It’ll make much more sense.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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