Golden Drugs, “Ghost Song”

Jake Saunders

The new video for Oakland-based Golden Drugs’ “Ghost Song” is shrouded in mystery. It takes place in some sort of dream state; flashing, illuminated images of hands and forests, all surrounded by darkness, flash in and out evoking a dark surrealist world. It’s not until around two minutes into the video that we realize that this is about escaping that darkness. The first truly discernible shot is of a pair of hands clawing and reaching at a wall. The hands finally grasp a ledge and hoists the body they’re attached to as the beat drops and the song reveals itself as a grooving jam. The groove fades out and we are left with a long lasting shot of someone walking towards a masked man with a flair gun. The video ends as the flair gun fades and we are slowly surrounded by darkness once again. Off of their most recent LP, In the Midnight Sun or Stubbornly Persistent Illusion, “Ghost Song” is an appropriate title, as the video exists somewhere between a dream state and reality, as if we are viewing things through the lens of a half-conscious person.

In the Midnight Sun or Stubbornly Persistent Illusion is available now on Porch Party records.

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