Arresting Music Videos: Antilux – Ophelia, Kirin J. Callinan – Way To War {NSFW}

Belgium’s Antilux and bizarre songwriter Kirin J. Callinan command your attention with highly dramatic presentations and plenty of guitar distortion. (Callinan’s music video is NSFW.)

 

Antilux

Belgium’s Antilux are pulled around like puppets in this video for “Ophelia,” only to eventually become choked up in a black widow’s tangle of animated strings. This track comes from their remarkable upcoming album, Sleeping Below The Cloud, which is out on Boya Entertainment. Fully-formed and seemingly effortless in sound, the record is well worth checking out. You can stream the entire album below the video, and if you’re feeling lazy, I would highly recommend my favorite track, “Rettgun”, as a starting point.

Director : Boris Wilmot (collectf REANIMATION)
Ophelia : Laura Rodriguez

 


Full Album Stream

 

Kirin J. Callinan

I struggled a bit when deciding whether to post this video, as the track is, to me, about as obnoxious as it is fascinating. But that was overruled by the fact that this collaged, inverted trip of a video makes the track infinitely more psychedelic, commanding, and confusing. Sydney director Kris Moyes took this into his own hands and visualized it as a DIY and punk rock Lars Von Trier might. The best moments are when it is contains the most nudity and feels most displaced from daily happenings.

“Way To War” Music Video

Callinan’s upcoming 7″ single, W II W (Way To War) (any connection to the Liars record, one must wonder?) will be co-released on Terrible Records and Siberia Records, digitally on June 19th and on vinyl on July 31st. Track summaries below because they are interesting (and perhaps telling of the fact that this guy is a weirdo).

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
“W II W” may be a synesthetic joyride to the frontline – voice, guitar and other machines painting the sonic image of war. All napalm, machine guns and loneliness, choppers and tracer bullets; you could be running for your life or gasping for your last breath. It’s perverted, raw and fun, and it’s the first single from Kirin J Callinan’s forthcoming debut solo album.

“W II W” and its accompanying B-side “Thighs” – the thematically related, lustful and deluded tale of a sexual predator.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) 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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10 years ago

TOTALLY totally feeling this.

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