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DUBINSKI Debut Animated, Vaporwave Inspired Music Video for “MTSB”

By Charlie Maybee

DUBINSKI Press Photo by Mairi Wilson
DUBINKSI - Photo Credit: Mairi Wilson

Edinburgh based indie rock band, DUBINSKI, is back with a vaporwave inspired music video for their new single “MTSB”. Directed by Dorota Tylka, it combines an animated approach to the digital aesthetics of the 80’s with contemporary shots of everyday life in Chicago, which is where Tylka is based.

Drenched in neon purples and blues, the video follows a collage of faceless people doing various activities like walking down a public street, swimming, or dancing alongside sleeping people whose faces are able to be seen clearly. Throughout the city, there are various creatures that skitter about like elephants, a tyrannosaurus rex, and cats. They all shine brightly with animated bioluminescence and act like primary light sources with equal standing among streetlights and glowing neon signs. 

The band notes that “MTSB” is about an alternate reality, where things can be felt, heard, and seen, though only understood with a shift of consciousness into another dimension. “It was inspired by the idea of a parallel reality not too dissimilar to our own”, explains lead singer Eugene Gaine, adding that, “It’s a world not easily accessed, with strange subtle differences that make it both familiar and otherworldly.”

With the video taking such a surreal, uncanny approach to the perceived mundanity of city life, the music comes through as electronic ambience that is equally as trippy. Towards the end, we see a group of shiny people running through an otherwise empty street, and, as the guitar chords echo with plenty of delay through an endless cycle of pedestrian activities, the sustained through line of the synthesizers provide the ethereal ground upon which they tread with a droning drive.

“MTSB” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Find this and more exciting new music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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