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Video: Abuela, “True Colors”

Watch a video from Abuela, the globe-trotting electronic project of Ratatat’s Evan Mast.

February 10, 2014


Abuela is the self-described "sound & light production team" of Ratatat's Evan Mast and his friend White Wizard, born out of some 2012 sessions in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, in southern Peru. The incongruous presence of a white boombox among the craggy, green and brown Andes Mountains vistas in this video, which the band later filmed upon returning to the region, is a pretty good metaphor for the music the make, which combines the sort of licky production flourishes you'd expect from a former Ratatat member with flutes, charangos and percussion instruments from the area. On "True Colors," there's even a throat singing sample thrown in the mix, which would feel like a direct reference to The KLF's Chill Out if it weren't doused so eerily in vocal effects. "True Colors" is the a-side of the band's debut seven-inch single, which is available now via Canvasclub, a new series of monthly singles from Canvasback Music.

Video: Abuela, “True Colors”