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Eomac Reconnects With His Primordial Self In The “Temple Of The Jaguar” Music Video

The techno experimentalist’s new album Bedouin Trax is out now.

November 18, 2016

Ian McDonnell a.k.a. Eomac is a Berlin-via-Dublin musician and one-half of the techno duo Lakker. In September he released Bedouin Trax, a record that samples Arab and Islamic musical traditions, turning them into a brutalist sonic structure meant to articulate some form of all-encompassing conflict, similar to Bryn Jones's Muslimgauze project. This tension takes center stage in the video for "Temple of the Jaguar," premiering today on The FADER. It stars McDonnell and a pair of dancers interpreting the track's stormy electronics in a strobing void.

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"The track was written after a visit to Teotihuacan near Mexico City earlier this year," McDonnell told The FADER over email. "It's an inspiring place, cosmic and earthly. I had been thinking about how disconnected I felt from my own body, and many other aspects of myself. I wanted to get back in touch with my body, my animalistic nature, my rawness, my sexuality, my femininity, my masculinity... with all aspects of myself. Especially ones I had been denying or felt fearful of, or was made to feel ashamed of through societal or religious conditioning. That's where I believe freedom lies. The idea of the body and movement was an entry point — that's the concept behind the video. Using the body to reconnect to the animal nature within, and through that finding freedom. It came to me fully formed as soon as I had finished the track — the look, the feel, the choreography, the flow. That never happens, I don't usually see mental pictures in relation to my music, so when it happened I knew I had to shoot it."

Eomac Reconnects With His Primordial Self In The “Temple Of The Jaguar” Music Video