Jamaican Queens: Caitlin

Young Blood From The Motor City Premiere a Kaleidoscopic Video

Detroit’s dystopian environs are transformed by a psychedelic explosion of color in Jamaican Queens’ new video for “Caitlin.” Local filmmaker Daniel DeMaggio spent the better part of a month adding the swirling, surreal animated visuals to footage shot in one of the city’s many empty spaces. “We created a green screen in a vacant warehouse,” says the group’s vocalist and co-producer Ryan Spencer. “Dan doesn’t have heat at his place, so he stays over at my place when it gets really cold. He’s my favorite artist in the city and when he expressed interest in doing something with us, we jumped on the opportunity.” Spencer wrote “Caitlin” as a ‘secret Santa’ present to comfort his eponymous friend—who also stars in today’s video—after her grandmother was tragically killed. “I think she really liked the gift,” he says. The trio, completed by drummer Ryan Clancy and guitarist, bassist, co-producer and back-up singer Adam Pressley, recently released their debut album Wormfood, which fuses playful indie and “Detroit trap pop,” a synthetic-voiced hybrid of hip-hop, dubstep and other sonic elements currently energizing the city’s fertile underground. 

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  • NanAlexandra
    Wow. What a lovely gift! Love the caterpillar/hamster people in the palm of the guy's hand. Spectacular effects. Eleanor Rigby meets Peter Max. Well done!

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