Critically acclaimed and award winning instrumental recording duo, Hot Mustard release new single, “The End of Time,” along with an accompanying new music video. Hot Mustard’s sophomore album, “Seconds” drops March 31st.
The start of the video provides an ambient and then a trippy, slightly off-pitch tone with flashing images that take on the form of a collage as the song progresses. Although the bulk of the track is vocal free, the song is engaging and stimulating throughout, and the video, created by band member Jack Powell (Opus Thimble) is equally so. The combined effect is a unique audio-visual sensory experience. The lyrics are sung by vocalist Alanna Royale, “who adds a dash of soulful spice to the Hot Mustard jar by delivering a short but stirring vocal performance.”
Well my friends I think we’ve found the end / Bright lights big bang then the whole thing starts again / Now I only hear you in the wind / and I don’t know where we started / will we ever see a place where we begin
In addition to Royale, “The End of Time” also features the skillful organ chops of Ross Bogan (Doom Flamingo, Lureto). The album itself is laced with intricate brass work by Jordan McLean (Antibalas) and Dave “Smoota” Smith (TV on the Radio) and guest performances by virtuoso cellist Helen Gillet.
“Parts of the video are in tribute to a canine friend of the Hot Mustard family who tragically passed in the thick of the song’s creation,” says Powell about the track. “There are obvious themes like the universally shared experience in the unstoppable march of time, life, death, mortality, rebirth, but I think that it’s also ambiguous enough to carry a multitude of meanings to viewers who choose to relate it to their own personal experience. That’s the aspect of art that I love the most, that interpretations of art can be as uniquely personal as art itself.”
The video and track for “The End Of Time” can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on YouTube and Spotify. The new album, “Seconds” will be available on all major platforms March 31, 2023.
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