Video of the Moment #2893: Warbly Jets

By on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Allister Ann

Just shy of a year past the release of their debut self-titled LP, Los Angeles alt-rock band Warbly Jets have released a new single from that album, and a shiny new promo video to go along with it. ‘Shapeshifter’ has strong elements of punk and psych rock that combine to produce a deliberately nebulous overall musical effect, both compelling and conveniently apropos to its title.

The visual treatment for ‘Shapeshifter’, directed by Laura Lynn Petrick, is equally and suitably dichotomous, and its two visual loci are presented simultaneously and in combination with one another. On one hand, we see lo-fi black and white images in the rough style of analog film, softened and slightly out of focus. These are juxtaposed with a mix of brightly hallucinogenic colors and highly sharpened digital effects that might inspire you to reach for your sunnies as you watch.

As it turns out, the timing of the ‘Shapeshifter’ release might not be entirely accidental. It coincides with Warbly Jets’ return to the studio to record the follow up to last year’s debut, and true to their own previous form, the band are setting out to defy any preconceived notions of what they should sound like. Lead singer Samuel Shea explains in the press release for ‘Shapeshifter’: “As an artist, I believe it’s extremely important to make drastic differences as you transition through phases. That was something that Julien [O’Neill] and I talked about from the conception of this band. I hope you always hear what you’re not expecting when you listen to a new release from us.” Though it’s very early days for the new recording project, ‘Shapeshifter’ effectively serves a dual purpose, as a bold reminder of Warbly Jets’ sonic milieu and as a departure point for their upcoming flight of rock ‘n’ roll fancy.

Keep an eye on TGTF for further news about Warbly Jets as their new project progresses. Our previous coverage of Warbly Jets, including a review of early single ‘4th Coming Bomb’, is collected right through here.

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