In a blast of visual music history, the video Dis COVERS traverses the terrains of widely recognizable album covers from 1960 to 1999. A more conventional approach to a project like this might be to try and cram in as many covers as possible in as short a time as possible, but Korean animator Gim Bo-seong made the much more interesting choice to occasionally dwell and linger on some covers, allowing for some seriously cool transitions and making a more appealing clip overall.
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Singapore-raised, Los Angeles-based artist Jolene Lai has been steadily building a reputation within the L.A. art world. After appearing in several group exhibitions alongside fellow Asian artists, she had her first solo exhibition in 2012 and is producing a second solo exhibition this month at Thinkspace Gallery. Her oil paintings exist in a realm where reality and surrealism intersect in interesting and bizarre ways. In her pieces, which mostly feature young women as the centerpiece, she’s not afraid to take something aesthetically pretty and then taint them something grotesque (like random chicken heads!). There’s also a consistent “broken doll” theme in her work. Lai says her paintings are often inspired “by the weird and spooky (sic) within Asian beliefs and culture.” Her recent Playground series echoes that sentiment, showcasing three pieces that are all cleverly creepy.
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After last year’s Don’t Go EP, Australian Singer/Songwriter Vanessa Elisha is back with a new track. For “Midnight Swim,” Elisha teams up with GXNXVS again to produce a slinky RnB song. Over dreamy synths accented with trap snares and hats, Elisha sings infectious hooks in her distinctive soprano. She sings about her object of affection, comparing him to her “midnight swim,” refreshing and exhilarating. And that’s exactly how the track feels. While dreamy RnB mixed with trap percussion isn’t anything new, the skill that Elisha and GXNXVS bring to the table ensure that “Midnight Swim” feels as exciting as a midnight dip in the pool.
As of now there’s no talk of more music from Vanessa Elisha, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out while you have “Midnight Swim” on repeat.
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Adolescence is difficult enough to navigate when you’re a normal kid, let alone a teenage Gorgon. Medusa might strike fear into the hearts of man, but in Medusa Goes to the Grocery Store, she’s more adorable than terrifying. Armed with a grocery list, a young Medusa ventures into the aisles of a supermarket, determined to get in and out without turning anyone into stone.
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The First Woman Who Danced: A Tribute to an Ancient Art is dancer and poet Evie Ivy’s loving tribute to the ancient and mysterious art of belly dancing. Ivy has been performing Raks Sharqui for more than 20 years and has been on the poetry circuit for just as long. Just as in Ivy’s Dance of the Word open mic poetry events, The First Woman Who Danced will lure you in with veils, zills, and a haunting beat. Although her use of meter and rhyme can often be traditional, Ivy has a unique sense of style and word choice that will draw you in.
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Is forgiveness given or earned? Persist has no qualms about which side of the debate it falls on–this short platformer by AdventureIslands tells the story of an unknown person setting out to beg forgiveness from a goddess for some past sin…but the goddess has no interest in forgiving him. Your avatar must swim through lakes and leap over lava to reach her, but the closer he draws, the angrier the goddess becomes, removing his limbs and associated abilities. For example, the first thing to go is your arms, which prevents you from swimming. Anger her enough and she has no problems erasing you from existence entirely.
Persist sets itself apart from other platformers with its odd but surprisingly compelling story, combined with incredibly charming pixel art. Although designed with minimalism in mind, the use of color is particularly noteworthy, whether it highlights background details or creates dramatic tension. An incredibly solid effort, Persist is definitely worth the 10 minutes to play.
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The first 15 seconds of this collaboration between Ofra Kobliner and David Ben Eli may seem unassuming and even amateurish, but when In a Clear Mind gets going you’ll realize it’s quite imaginative–and the simple, line-drawn black-and-white style is literally just the surface. The protagonist dives into a world of a more photorealistic daydreamscape, appearing to the viewer in hints and peeks as part of a swimmer’s wake. It’s a hint at the worlds of fantasy that lie just below the facade of the everyday…or maybe it’s just what happens when you accidentally fall asleep in the middle of the day.
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