VIDEO PREMIERE: “FLOTSAM” FROM MOONGLOW

Check out the trippy vid for the Brooklyn artist’s song—itself “a pessimistic take on humanity from a future visitor’s perspective”

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Picture this. It’s a million or billion or something years in the future. An alien (or whatever) has time traveled … er, space traveled… to earth, where it’s… still 2021? I haven’t worked out the details. REGARDLESS! Given our general… behavior… it’s hard to imagine that the little dude, when taking a look at earth, would really see the glass of martian milk as half full.

I mean, he might be kinda hyped on the Netflix selection, amazed by the amount of things we keep pumpkin spicing and try to buy some Game Stop stock while it’s hot, but I think it’s safe to say that, as a whole, he’d disapprove of most of our decisions.

He might even regard us and our whole deal as… flotsam. Which (good news!) I googled, so you don’t have to:

Flotsam: (flot·sam) the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea; people or things that have been rejected and are regarded as worthless.

Alright, that’s enough shitty sci-fi and def more than enough half-assed vocab lessons! Because per usual, the point of my half-delirious ramblings is that they’re inspired by music I love, and like always, a musician has illustrated a concept far better than I ever could.

And with that, enter one of my absolute fave artists (+ humans) Moonglow, whose sick, tripped-out video for “Flotsam” I’m beyond thrilled to premiere here!

“Flotsam” is the fifth song on Moonglow’s excellent EP Fall Asleep on Repeat, which I’ve had… um, on repeat… since its December release. (In particular, the title track, for which I’m responsible for at least 11,000 streams.)

Ahead of the release, Jeff Citron—the artist behind the project—filled me in on the song and a little bit about the process of making the video:

“The image of Flotsam feels like this big clunky machine, whirring away with wobbly organ pads, and then I imagine some big brass valves open and a choir of harmonized voices deliver these prophetic lyrics. It’s sort of a pessimistic take on humanity from a future visitor’s perspective.”

(So that’s where I got that whole alien thing, in case you were wondering. PROCEED!)

“The video’s supposed to have a bit of an uncanny valley feel to it. My brother Lee thought up the idea and shot it at his apartment in LA using a projector and a video of myself taken from my phone.”

I’ll be spending my weekend trying to create something half as cool as this. But before I go, a reminder that today is BANDCAMP Friday, when the site is waiving all fees, and if you’re looking for some music to pick up, I can’t recommend Moonglow—whose music, to use my new favorite word, is the exact *opposite* of flotsam—more.

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Follow Moonglow at @moonglowband buy the music on Bandcamp, and add the music to your Spotify playlists now!

Feature image (provided by the artist): Aria Herbst

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