The biggest misconception about Flying Lotus' seminal fifth record, You're Dead!, will be that it's too dark. Like the enigmatic musician that crafted it, the album tightropes between extremes: blitzing baselines and sustained, open-ended chords score debilitating pain and transcendent inspiration, the contradiction of feeling most alive after facing death nose-first. The Hiro Murai-directed clip for FlyLo's "Never Catch Me," featuring tumbling rhymes from Kendrick Lamar, pokes at the same warm corpse of a concept: a boy and a girl lay on their deathbeds, flanked by loved ones and childhood photos, before bursting from their caskets and dancing away from their own graves—part Diddy Bop, part Lindy Hop. Just outside the church, a gang of kids play schoolyard games, waiting for their two friends to join—fuck a funeral, when's recess? They clearly know something the mourning adults sitting in the pews don't. Read more about Flying Lotus and his new album in our FADER cover story.
Watch Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar’s “Never Catch Me” Video
Director Hiro Murai crafts an inspirational short for FlyLo’s new single.
October 01, 2014