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Music Video in a Day: LONEgevity's "I Wonder"
Posted December 22, 2014 by Taylor Peters
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December 22, 2014

Back again with another Music Video in a Day, we've got our buds Running Bodies Productions with a vhs-blasted clip for Sean Stuart a.k.a., LONEgevity's spaced-out track "I Wonder" (Stuart, of course, is part of the local hip-hop group Hinx Jones, and spearheads the recently discussed Beats and Breakfast project, as well as running the site Bringing Down the Band). Can't help but feel that things are getting sharper and sharper over there in RBP land--working this much and with this much focus (putting the things together in a single day and all) has had the pretty noticeable result of expanding and deepening the general aesthetic capacity of an RBP video. Which, yeah, dope.

 

This one in particular makes good use of what could've been pretty well-trod footage--i.e. the car-based shots of the city from the highway, the walking around on train tracks, and so on--and wrangles out of them something that feels particular to the vibe of this very track. The camera work really makes it. The cinematography's got a way of picking out individual elements and focusing them down until they softly relent to the visual grammar of the piece. It's all about that framing and the subtle bounces and pans.

 

The track itself, too, stands up on its own as a thoroughly individualized sonic object for the visuals to hang on. LONEgevity calls it an "interlude," and it feels appropriately interstitial, not quite fully cohering into any single direction, but nevertheless pulsing forward. There's a singularity of purpose to it, a sense that it's not overly concerned with checking any boxes and holding any hands along the way and that long unadorned vocal clip at the end of the track somehow comes to embody everything you almost thought about the track for its whole length. Director Dylan May's camera work underscores it, panning up on Stuart all sharp and in frame, before dropping out of focus right as the clip reaches its conclusion.

 

 

The track "I Wonder" is from LONEgevity's recently released and excellent rap, etc.. Despite being the least traditional sounding track from the album, it still gives a clear picture of the balance of haze and focus Stuart rides across the album. You can hear the album via the embedded player above.

 

 

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