Video Premiere: The Magik Markers: "Taste"
A little over a month ago, Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo talked about
working with the Magik Markers on their new album BOSS
, explaining how the abrasive noise band had surprised him with a batch of actual songs, complete with melodies and chord changes. And now, in this video for BOSS
' "Taste" by Heidi Diehl of Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, we get an idea of what he was talking about. The visuals are hard to parse and have the feel of found Super 8 footage or Gummo
outtakes, as mundane shots of anonymous people milling about alternate with confusing scenes of violence. Occasional performance footage reminds us that, yes, we're watching a music video. And then the music embodies a brooding, dark psychedelia not a million miles from the Black Angels
, as Elisa Ambrogio's commanding voice, kissed by just the right amount of gothic reverb, sounds like she's ready to follow a youthful Grace Slick down the rabbit hole. Yes, Lee was right, it's a song all the way, and a good one.