What happens when a visual artist is also a musician? The creation of a truly wonderful and visually pleasing music video.
This especially rings true for Cleveland-based visual artist Ted Feighan, who is premiering the music video for his single “Adventure,” off of his upcoming album Adventures on the Floating Island, out on September 20th via Gold Robot Records.
“Adventure,” directed by Zak Marx, explores the world of 1970s competitive moto-racing in finely textured, surreal miniature. It follows perennial #2 ranked rider, ‘Sunshine,’ during the 1972 Baja 1000 as he ruminates in the shadows of adored, world champion, Jammin’ Jackie Hudson. Inspired by Bruce Brown’s 1971 classic On Any Sunday, this music video was shot on both Super 16mm film and broadcast news cameras of the era.
“Making this record was difficult for me,” Feighan said. “After some big life changes, having kids and moving across the country, I really struggled to find my creative place again. After spending weeks working on the album, and not having much to show for it, I almost put the project on hold. Then, after some digging for new records and relocating my studio, I had a breakthrough making this song – ‘”Adventure.” I’ve always been interested in these kinds of noodley guitars and how they can sound country, surfy, funky and loungey all at once.
Feighan began crafting tracks from his collection of records, combining his interests in hip-hop, exotica, Tropicalia, and soul. Monster Rally creates tracks that manage to maintain a surprisingly organic sound as if they were recorded by a full band on analog tape.
“The upbeat, exciting vibe of the sample [on “Adventure”] really brought me back into what I wanted for the album,” said Feighan. “I had pictured this song being at the first dramatic peak of the album, where the protagonist is running through the lush jungle, trying to escape from danger. When I saw Zak’s video treatment for the song, I realized that the song fit just as well into the desert as it did in my jungle – suddenly the ‘rattlesnake percussion’ I did on the track made a lot more sense.”
Premiere the video for “Adventure” down below, off of Adventures on the Floating Island, out on September 20th. Want to hear more? Catch Monster Rally on tour in October and pre-order the record below.
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