MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of FUNKILLER’S “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies” Video

After a decade of work in Gainesville, Fla., FUNKILLER is finally set to release entrancingly lush sophomore album Tropical Depression on September 28 via LaunchLeft.

FUNKILLER is led by reclusive singer/songwriter David Gordon, who’s been championed by the likes of Wayne Coyne and Moon Unit Zappa, and his forthcoming album is a hypnotic blend of moody pop, neo-soul and ethereal rock ‘n’ roll. Guests on the LP include Rain Phoenix (Aleka’s Attic, Venus And The Moon) and Dave Lebleu (Mercury Program). In the lead up to Tropical Depression, FUNKILLER has dropped a couple of singles (“Divided Highway” and “Rattlesnake Freight Train”), and now Gordon unveils a new video for “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies.”

“‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecies’ is philosophical in nature,” says Gordon of the echoey, two-minute ballad. “A surrealistic song that crests and troughs between bookends. It’s about the fluidity of life and death, the magnificence and frivolousness in existence, and the alluring intangibility of the human spirit.”

As for the animated video, which was directed by visual artist Cody Wicker and animator Odni Lim, “it’s more of a modernist art piece,” says Gordon.

When asked to comment on the clip, Wicker and Lim offered: “As we listened to ‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecies’ for the first time, thinking about the imagery that would pair well with the music, we were pulled to the depths of the ocean floor. The song is so open and ethereal, it almost brings you to a state of euphoric meditation. We wanted the visuals to reflect this feeling. So, the animation is loose in narration to where it could be taking place in the depths of the ocean, the depths of space or the depths of eternal thought.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it right here, right now, and read our interview with FUNKILLER below.

—Rich Tupica

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Black Watch’s “The Nothing That Is” Video

On October 23, the black watch will release 19th album Fromthing Somethat via the ATOM label. As the “band” has been around since 1987 and its only constant is John Andrew Fredrick, it’s no surprise the black watch approaches each album differently. For Fromthing Somethat, Fredrick and Co. didn’t rehearse at all before recording, hoping to document the sound of the songs coming together. Fredrick also allowed producer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Beachwood Sparks) to have his way with the basic tracks, so he was free to add and subtract whatever he wanted.

One of Fromthing Somethat‘s standouts is “The Nothing That Is.” While it’s not exactly the Stones and Kiss hopping on the disco bandwagon in the late ’70s, the track is as dance-y as the black watch gets. And since you’re spending so much time alone these days, “The Nothing That Is” is the perfect soundtrack for you to try out some funky-fresh moves in the privacy of your own home. If you need some additional inspiration of the visual variety, play the new video for “The Nothing That Is.” The clip was directed by Mike Endrizzi, who performed live with the black watch just after the turn of the century.

“Mike, who lives in Minneapolis now, told me that his idea for the video came within 10 minutes of hearing the song,” says Fredrick. “‘The Nothing That Is’ is a quotation from a Wallace Stevens poem, and the lyrics are all my own aphorisms—kinda—and unrelated in a non-sequitur sort of way that I really like. Almost all of our songs are non sequitur-ish. And the video’s that way, too: nothing to do with the lyrics, but a lovely thing in and of itself. That’s Mike’s super-cool kid in the vid—whom he and his wife, Dawn, named after Black Francis.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “The Nothing That Is” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out right here, right now. And speaking of black watch videos, also check out the recent episode of MAGNET television we did with Fredrick:

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Fast Romantics’ “Top Of The Mountain” Video

Fast Romantics named their 2017 album American Love. Three years later, they’re still waiting for us to return the favor. “It’s like Fast Romantics and America both swiped right on Tinder, but no one’s made the first move yet,” says Matthew Angus, the group’s singer and primary songwriter. “Whenever we’re put in front of a crowd in the States, we make fans for life.”

But that hasn’t been often enough—and it’s not likely to get any easier, with touring on indefinite hiatus due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the accolades keep piling up for the for Toronto sextet in Canada, where the group has enjoyed consistent success on commercial radio and nearly nabbed the coveted Prism Prize. 

“Top Of The Mountain” offers yet another compelling reason to lament Fast Romantics’ lack of an audience south of the border. Simmering and vaguely psychedelic, with slow-build pacing that insinuates a persistent uphill momentum, it’s one of eight thoughtful, impeccably crafted tracks on the band’s new album, Pick It Up (Postwar/Fontana North).

“The songs are on the spectrum of complete disillusionment with one’s self to the process of becoming re-illusioned with one’s self,” says Angus, who’s currently engaged to his Fast Romantics bandmate, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kirty. “Things were going well on paper, but that’s where things can get weird for me. I’ve bounced back and forth in the land of depression and anxiety my whole life, and it can affect my ability to complete music. Finishing this record came over the span of three sudden weeks when I’d broken free of that and gotten out of the funk. I can hear my best self on this record.”

Premiering today on magnetmagazine.com, the video for “Top Of The Mountain” is a bit of a change of pace for the group. “Up here, you can get funding for videos,” says Angus. “But that eventually dries out, and we were working with a much smaller budget for this one. We made it about a single experience and tried to tell one story within that simple feeling.”

Clocking in at a lean 30 minutes, Pick It Up stands as an efficient document of a band at the top of its game. “That’s all there is, baby—and we’re really proud of it,” says Angus. 

And there’s more where that came from. “This is only a fraction of the music we’ve made over the last two or three years,” says Angus.  “Something about the pandemic made it pretty clear that we had to start spitting out songs into the world.”

—Hobart Rowland 

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Jaco’s “Weigh You”

If we would’ve seen the video for Jaco’s “Weigh You” on 120 Minutes in the late ’80s—sandwiched between, say, Game Theory and Dumptruck—we would’ve asked our parents for an advance on our allowance so we could go down to Tower Records the following weekend and pick up the CD.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Jaco (a.k.a. Jake Waitzman, drummer for Vulture Whale) will release sophomore album Dose via Cornelius Chapel on October 9. Supposedly, Dose is the second LP in a Jaco trilogy for the label. Since we had bad experiences with both The Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean, however, we’re fairly trilogy intolerant. But if Dose is any indication, we’re also all in for its predecessor (last year’s You Know) and its sequel (the ubiquitous TBA).

“Weigh You” is a catchy college-rocker (kids, we called it “college rock” back in the day because songs like this would only be played on college radio) that gets straight A’s for all of its pensive, power-pop pursuits. Says Waitzman of the track, “Lyrically, this song is a conversation with someone—maybe yourself—trying to build them up but not preach to them, while admitting your own flaws.”

We’re proud to premiere “Weigh You” (the song and the just-like-a-dream, Tim Casper-directed video) today on magnetmagazine.com. Check out this double-shot deal right here, right now.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of You, Me, And This Fuckin’ Guy’s “Owls” Video

John S. Hall is This Fuckin’ Guy. So we’re guessing wife-and-husband duo Azalia Snail and Dan West (both of LoveyDove) are You and Me. Before that, Hall, Snail and West went by the moniker King Missile IV—i.e. the fourth incarnation of Hall’s ongoing band King Missile, which had college-radio hits “Detachable Penis,” “Jesus Was Way Cool” and “Martin Scorsese” back when people were shorter and lived near the water.

Garden Variety Fuckers (Dromedary) is the debut album from You, Me, And This Fuckin’ Guy. We’re huge fans of the word “fuck” and its various derivatives, so we were very curious about why and how Hall chose to assume the role of This Fuckin’ Guy.

“I was on Governors Island, being interviewed for a feature in Vice, and I was in a kind of silly mood,” he says. “A dragonfly flew by, and I said, ‘Look at that fucking dragonfly,’ using that silly, Long Island accent. And later that day, I wrote a poem, ‘Dragonfly,’ in that voice. I wrote more and more poems in that voice and named the character This Fuckin’ Guy. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in New York, and I wrote in the voice of my classmates or Long Island Italians. The accent isn’t authentic, although I’m half Italian. I only ever talk like that in jest. But I thought it was funny to have a guy who was flabbergasted by nature but cursed all the time as part of his natural language. I thought of This Fuckin’ Guy as a nature poet. The album reflects that.”

It’s only natural, then, that This Fuckin’ Guy, along with You and Me, would want to make a video for Garden Variety Fuckers track “Owl” and set it in the wonderful world of the wild. So they called filmmaker Steve Hanft, best known in music circles for his videos for Beck’s “Loser” and “Where It’s At.”

“Both Dan West and myself have admired the artistry and vision of Steve Hanft for many years,” says Snail. “We definitely feel like he is our spirit animal, as he loves and is inspired by all the great surrealists that inspire us: Maya Deren, Luis Bunuel, Bruce Connor and the like. We feel like he was the best possible visual artist to capture this project. We are super excited to share this, and we hope that the audience finds it both captivating and hilarious. I’d also like to add that I’ve known John for my entire musical career, and he has been a major inspiration and still makes Dan and I laugh —and ponder life in all its scintillating details.”

In these corona days, things that used to be relatively easy—like shooting a music video—now require more creativity. But since You, Me, This Fuckin’ Guy and Steve Hanft are total pros, they stepped up their game and made this classic clip for “Owl.”

“With a minuscule crew, we were able to film this video quite easily,” says Snail. “Steve and Ashley, who helped with camera, were able to be more than six feet apart from us the entire shoot. We were lucky to shoot on an isolated hillside with nobody around. It’s actually been a really prosperous time for us creatively since we are homebound and have used our time for nonstop musical and video projects.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “Owl” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it right fuckin’ here, right fuckin’ now.