James K’s Video For “Paranormal” Is Like A Lucid Dream
There’s more to this indoor swimming pool than meets the eye.
They say that you can tell you're having a lucid dream if you can identify things within your dream that would seem a little bit off to the waking mind. If we're going by those guidelines, James K's video for "Paranormal"—which is premiering on The FADER today—is a lucid dream you can enjoy when you don't have the time to let your own REM cycles take over. Featuring curious details like a diver holding a candle, the NYC artist—who is also one half of SETH with Gobby—told us that the video is a reference to Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 film Nostalghia in which a world-saving ritual is carried out.
The video's aqua aesthetics highlight the distortion of the audio track—it's as if you're listening to James K perform while you're both underwater. "The song is a meditation on a feeling," James K told FADER. "It is a hymn, a breath, a whimper. It’s about letting my insides out and making friends with them again. Through the song, I'm looking at myself and I'm trying not to absorb myself again. The song is a ritual to save oneself from being totally consumed." James K's brand new label She Rocks! is putting out "Paranormal" as a 7" (order it here). It's taken from her forthcoming album PET, which will be dual released by She Rocks! and Canadian tape label 1080p in 2016.