Mastodon – “Spectrelight” Music Video

Godammit! Yet another kick-ass video from the ever-so-artistically-minded Mastodon. The original cover, which features the 3-dimensional wood-sculptured artwork of Portland-based artist AJ Fosik, is chopped up, mirrored many times over, and shot into outerspace. Expect our interview with AJ Fosik soon!

As for the track itself, Scott Kelly of Neurosis offers vocals once again. Says Kelly: “Mastodon approaches their sound honestly and from a mind at unity. I am honored to continue to be a part of their creative process, and to once again have the chance to join them on this expression that is undoubtedly their most adventurous work to date.”

Oh, right, and if you’re curious… some cosmic and far-out lyrics, below.

“SPECTRELIGHT” LYRICS

We trip the light
Firebird flies
Burn your inside
Given a lesson
The path I’ve shown
Follow all I know

Into the Spectralight
Into the afterlife

It came from the ocean
Gift from the sea
Lava forms the stone

Belief in power
Believe the truth
Trust your own truth

Into the Spectralight
Into the afterlife

You listen through the light
Tolling on the sea
Barren eyes behind you
Leave the shadows waking dreams

Rising through the door
Writing with a knife

Cut speech
Cut light
Cut chord and break the dawning wretch of silence

Trust your own truth
Souls of the fallen
Death of the Godhead
Listen and breathe

Into the Spectralight
Into the afterlife

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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