GAIKA – New Video – ‘Crown and Key‘
The genre-splicing soundsmith and new-age political sage debuts Crown and Key.
GAIKA is all-transcendent. The bleeding-edge musician mashes up many incongruous elements – progressive politics, electro, grime, goth, garage, dance hall, rap, R&B, religious stuff, poetry etc. – into a visual-sonic synthesis he dubs “hood cinema fine art.” Directed by Paco Raterta, Crown and Key is the new track inspired by “religious and cultural references” and a range of personal motifs from the director’s upbringing. It is “very grotesque, stiff and very beautiful,” said Paco.
“I wrote this song in fury,” GAIKA says when describing the track. “I was thinking about violence mainly…The politics of respectability arms the supremacist and it makes a mockery of morality in the end. So we fight. I’ve written about it in detail elsewhere.”
The video features a platoon of cultists converged around some brutalist, crumbled-out infrastructure wearing avant-garde parkas and praising their leader amidst billowing smoke. Shirtless and sporting blue kufiya scarfs, armed insurgents emerge from a forest and surround a priest at gunpoint. It’s all very clash of civilizations-like with some sprinklings of Christian/Islamic eschatology and pomo tribalism. Very now.
The track is a tantalizer to GAIKA’s upcoming debut album, BASIC VOLUME, which drops on July 27 courtesy of Warp Records. GAIKA describes the LP as “a collection of alchemical parables for all the immigrants who wander the earth in search of themselves.” Check it below, yo…
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