What is America?

Flashback Friday - Surreal Video Edition

Maude: What do you do for recreation?
The Dude: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.



Today we have a pair of videos that will stretch the boundaries of your perception, challenge your preconceived notions, and hopefully accomplish a little consciousness expansion while we're at it. First up we have LA-based indie folksters The Wild Reeds with their surrealist video for "Lose My Mind", a Fellini-cum-Buñuel mashup of rollerskating clowns, mustachioed women, and family videos. "Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Cheers, the band's third LP and second on Dualtone Records, last month. You can catch them next Tuesday at U Street Music Hall.



Next up we have the mind-blowing visuals of "Dépaysé" by Sinkane, the New York-by-way-of-Ohio-by-way-of-London Sudanese artist with genre-bending proclivities. With lyrics in both English and Arabic and visuals by Mad Alchemy, the song and video meld Sudanese folk music with psych rock. Dépaysé translates from the French as disoriented, a reflection of his struggles and acceptance of  the dualities and the sense of dislocations in his life— being Sudanese and American, growing up in Ohio before relocating to New York.

You can catch Sinkane and his sensational band on June 12, also at U Hall. I caught their show at Black Cat the last time they rolled through town, and it was a night to remember.

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