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.
The Up-and-Coming Icelandic Songstress Explodes onto Our Radar
Nordic solo artist Disa shows off her otherworldly vocal range while dancing across archive imagery of solar flares in the video for her first single, “Sun,” directed by the artist with photography from Mathias Døcker. Having left her native Reykjavik for the music scene of Copenhagen, the 25-year-old singer is releasing her debut track on Danish label Tigerspring. An admirer of experimental Swedish chanteuse Fever Ray, English ambient pioneer Brian Eno and traditional Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Disa takes her inspiration from wild northern landscapes and, occasionally, niche Icelandic literature. The song’s dreamlike lyrics describe how she would like to be turned into a bright supernova—to be “shot up in a firework from a ship near the Reykjavik harbour,” a riff on a scene from the book LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason. Celestial vocals swirl and float over glacial organs and slow, repetitive electronic beats that build towards a foreboding climax. “I wanted to create something that transcends genre, that doesn’t fit in a box,” says Disa. “I want to make music that I really love listening to.”
The Versatile Supermodel Stars in a Gender-Bending Animated Short
Daria Werbowy morphs from skater to rocker, businessman to dancer as she shape-shifts through an array of different characters in this stop-motion animation by photographer Cass Bird. The pair were inspired by a series of black-and-white cut-out collages made in the early 70s by Cindy Sherman, an artist famed for her fascination with identity and gender. “I’ve always been interested in how clothes can override our identity,” says Bird from her home in Brooklyn. “How they can change our posture completely, or even how we feel about our sexuality.” Since their first collaboration over a decade ago Bird and the Ukrainian-Canadian Werbowy have traveled the world capturing some of the most distinctive images of the chameleonic model. Bird is celebrated for her spontaneous and intimate photographs of celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Viggo Mortensen, as well as personal projects like recent monograph Rewilding, which portrayed androgynous girls in the Tennessee wilderness. She brought a similar uninhibited freedom to this latest session with her close friend Werbowy, who holds the record for opening and closing the most runway shows in a fashion season and has graced the pages of everything from Vogue to V magazine to the Pirelli Calendar. “I laughed the whole way through it,” says Bird. “I’m always taken with Daria’s physical range. She pushes herself physically and emotionally and has this God-given gift to be able to channel masculine and feminine energy quite genuinely.”