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.
"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."