If you need to escape the daily monotony of lockdown or are daydreaming about a far-flung dream vacation, YouTube can help. It's not hard to find first-person videos of cities around the world that serve as a kind of tour of different locales. Watching one of those beats the hell out of some annoying vlogger, which is why the new video for "CALL ME (Freestyle)" from Blood Orange and 박혜진 Park Hye Jin actually makes me want to visit New York City. Not right now, of course, but at some point.
The clip was filmed on a bicycle sometime in the wee hours of March 3, just before the city was recognized as an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. All that hindsight and the empty streets give the video a funereal vibe, but the song itself comes with a beautiful, dreamy Lonnie Liston Smith-esque melody and lots of chemistry between the two artists. Check it out above via Pitchfork.
(L) thumbnail photo by Nick Harwood (R) by Sirui Ma