By Charlie Maybee
Brooklyn based alternative rock band, Modern Diet, has returned with a laid back new single and a trippy music video for “Older”. With a lyrical flow that feels like an easy stream of consciousness spilling out upon a musical canvas, the song feels like gazing into a cloudy night sky where shapes and colors distort into strangely familiar images.
The stack harmonies and gently propelling strums of the guitar help the song find its groove as it chugs along at a comfortable pace. Not assertive enough to feel like an overpowering force, but expansive enough to let you submerge yourself in it. With some lead guitar providing some background ambience, there is a natural lean towards the psychedelic as the mind and body merge in a sensual introspective experience.
Meanwhile, the music video makes great use of surreal and whacky animation that provides support of the calming atmosphere of a sunset that Modern Diet builds musically. With an array of characters and symbols like mushroom people, hands and feet attached to limbs that extend into oblivion, and a giant eye in the sky where the sun would normally be. With the hands and feet acting like a point-of-view for the viewer, we close on a visual of ourselves skateboarding into a dimming horizon.
Overall, the aesthetic experience is one of an LSD trip with no bumps or bruises. Just a gentle coasting as we’re treating to a wild array of strange images that feel friendly and inviting. There’s no threat here, just a rearrangement of things we already know and recognize, but the change of perspective is a welcome one.
“Older” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. 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. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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