Morning ‘Skaters. It is with the ultimate pleasure that we announce that we will be releasing Masterpiece, the debut long player from Montreal, Canada’s Sheer Agony! We have been major fans of these freaks for a minute now, as purveyors of the neo-psych swirl, ambassadors of the wet, wild and shambolic, and cannot believe that we are privileged enough to bestow this Masterpiece upon the world!
Pre-orders will be up soon. In the interim; scope the inaugural video, “I Have A Dream”, below!
Brace yourself for what we’re about to present to you; the new video for Michael Vidal’s “Dreams (Come Back To Me)” has officially dropped! This beautiful piece of footage was crafted by singular L.A.-based artist / Hesse Press CEO / dear friend Clare Kelly. A few words from Clare…
i made this video because of the brotherly love i feel for Michael. i met him when we were both 17 and he (as the lead singer in Abe Vigoda, before “skeleton”) was playing a wedding reception in Silverlake that I crashed. he’s an incredibly sensitive and powerful artist, and to me, his strength lies in his vulnerability. i feel like he’s always looking for “the truth” through his work, in a very earnest way, that sometimes sets him apart from other people, or the current time. he’s kinda old school. a romantic.
i crafted this video for his song “Dreams” as a meditation on some of the themes i hear/see in Michael: mostly the joy that is it is possible to feel in the transubstantiation / breakdown of binary systems. i tried to create a video that out-pictured some of the psychic struggles we all face when considering gender identity, love / power dynamics, the city and the garden: the vortex of Los Angeles also figures in, literally as a backdrop : a city of angels / illusions: it is where ridiculously expensive and often boring large scale hollywood content is produced, but it is also home to a multitude really amazing and considerate people and artists who often work for free or next to nothing: i hear Michael asking: how do we restore balance in our lives, in our world?
i was very grateful for the presence, energy, and knot-tying assistance given by Maria Garcia, who is a sound artist, performer, and co-director of MATA gallery, who works with me intensely to improvise live dance perfromances. here’s a link to a single-take alternative video of her improv dance style