Swahili Blonde, “Purple Ink”

Video by Burke Roberts

Swahili Blonde's dub-riddim post-punk on "Purple Ink" slides between tangential and fragmented to prodding drones of bass that would make Jah Wobble weep with joy. The song is constructed like a hall of mirrors with a series of trapdoors that warps and twists the ears off balance. It does not help that lead singer Nicole Turley croons of the mind being an abstract design, nor is it helpful that director Burke Roberts dressed his extras in animal masks and set the kaleidoscope effect to stun.

If psychedelics have ever traveled through your system, there will be a few moments of swearing one of those "acid flashbacks" that old hippies claim to have will confuse your eyes. Don't fet. We saw it too.

Swahili Blonde's Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink is out November 15 on Neurotic Yell.

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