Even for a band whose career has been filled with as many left turns as long-running garage-burners Oh Sees, band member Tomas Dolas' Mr. Elevator project is a little surprising to hear on first blush. "Waiting," taken from Mr. Elevator's forthcoming Goodbye, Blue Sky, is equal parts menacing and dreamy — a decayed-sounding synth-laden dreamscape evoking the fascinating subgenres of electronic music that spun out of chillwave's long tail at the beginning of this decade.
"The video came from a dream I had one morning after mixing 'Waiting' the night before," Dolas explained to the FADER over email about the accompanying clip. "I tried to find someone who could recreate it, but wasn’t having any luck. I brought it up to my friend Jonny who plays bass with us, and he mentioned a friend he had who did visuals and video work and put me in touch with Marty Tzonev. We all met up at one of my favorite spots, a Mexican restaurant next to my studio in Cypress Park (called Lupita’s) and talked it over and I told Marty about the dream of this guy running endlessly towards the horizon but in the style of an old SNES racing game where the road keeps turning and the mountains are in the background and eventually this shadow-y apocalypse beast-monster-creature of wires emerges towering from the mountains and the man keeps running and running and so on and the world slowly keeps falling apart to the point of his eminent death of falling into a void and a few months later he sent a pretty much identical video of that dream. It was impressive! And a total trip to watch again."
If you like what you hear (why wouldn't you?), Goodbye, Blue Sky is out January 17 via Castle Face.