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Video Tue Dec 10 2013

Watch Royale's Ethereal "1981" Video

Local "progressive sci-fi yacht metal" outfit Royale has released a video for its new single "1981."

Drummer Nate Bauman put together the video using clips by designer and animator Mike Winklemann, aka Beeple, who collaborates with Flying Lotus and whose Creative Commons-licensed animations have been used by such acts as Amon Tobin, deadmau5, Skrillex and more. Bauman says that after he contacted Beeple, "He ended up sharing his whole catalog of animations to use under one condition. He said, 'You have to promise me one thing; that you'll have fun.'"

"Initially, I immediately thought of something you'd typically see on CN and Adult Swim," Bauman explained. "Then I remembered Daft Punk's initial popular videos. Even Queens of the Stone Age have done multiple videos with animated characters. The foundation of the video is this man hooked to a chair in laboratory with scientists conducting experiments on his brain. With each psychedelic cut and transition, we are seeing through the eyes & brain of this poor man being experimented on. "

You can stream "1981" and listen to more from Royale on SoundCloud.

 
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