Have you partaken in Portland’s one-day “spirit animal rentals”? Just know there’s a lot of havoc and lifeless eyes involved. Watch the premiere of RILLA’s “Racktom Disaster” video here.
The album’s closer notwithstanding, “Gravity Wins” offers the deepest trance on Mothertapes’ debut record. And in this particular synthetic audio nest of Portland duo Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen, there’s sensuality, nostalgia and, on the back of a trickling mid-song bassline, an influx of sadness. Even if, for era, the technology-voiced jam doesn’t match the video’s (tastefully edited) ’70s pornography, it’s suitably alien.
Director Jonathan Fine builds toward trysts in the song’s first half before the old, over-exposed film unwinds and rewinds in collage, as the song’s electronics and instrumentation eventually flood over themselves. Even with the cutting and re-editing of the historically distasteful, the direction is thoughtful in its obscurity.