TOP POPS! Zac Nelson – “Let This Unravel” (Music Video Premiere), The Holydrug Couple

Music video premiere for Zac Nelson’s “Let This Unravel”, directed by Jordan Levie, and tracks from Chilean duo The Holydrug Couple’s 2015 release, Moonlust.

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Zac Nelson – “Let This Unravel” Music Video (Premiere)

In the new music video for “Let This Unravel”, NYC director Jordan Levie takes a literal cue — “Let this unravel” — and translates it visually, into a seemingly endless spool of yarn which unwinds against an urban backdrop. Yarn has its own modern day significance in creation and craft, but what this visual cue heralds, perhaps unwittingly, is that listening to the music of Zac Nelson is like entering into a global universe of color, where influences are culled from everywhere.

This unraveling spool of yarn brings to mind the weaving loom, which cultures from around the world have utilized for thousands and thousand of years, often turning such materials into dizzying geometric textiles. These textiles, popularly disseminated this day and age from travels to Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, adorn everyday objects with colors and patterns that we often today associate with the psychedelic — and likewise is the music of Zac Nelson, which allows one to slip in and out of minor psychedelic states under the guise of “pop music”, demented as that interpretation of pop music might be.

With the assistance of ALAK and Biosexual — who we also love, Zac Nelson’s latest album, New Once, is a melting pot of the playful and dynamic, rich with multi-faceted percussion, vocal dissonances, and oh so many layers to unravel. Maybe I’m reading too much into a music video about an spool of yarn — or maybe the hard-to-put-your-finger-on vibe of Zac Nelson’s music just inspires these crazy thoughts. Whatever the reason, New Once drops digitally TODAY and at the end of this month in physical formats, and you should very much give it a listen.

Pre-order it at Styles Upon Styles Records, or digitally via Bandcamp.


Zac Nelson - New Once

The Holydrug Couple

Moonlust, the latest record from Chilean musicians The Holydrug Couple, is a bit like gazing at the moon while a soundtrack of longing plays within, the big bright orb in the sky pulling at the feel-good heartstrings of nostalgia even when you’re riddled with pain.

Ives describes the lyrical themes of the record, which are centered around “feeling lust, desire, for something that you see when it’s dark but it’s so far away that it’s unreachable. It’s an unrealistic target, like God, maybe, or a dream archetype of a goddess. It’s the feeling of melancholy that you can’t fulfill with anything.” Yes, it’s dark, but the duo of Ives and Manu make the dark sound damn good. Enjoy three tracks below.

Get Moonlust-y now over at Sacred Bones.

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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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