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Music Video in a Day: MARTIANGODZ's "City of God"
Posted March 20, 2015 by Taylor Peters
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March 20, 2015

Running Bodies are all up in the Music Video in a Day game once again, this time bringing with them MARTIANGODZ, a.k.a., JackMarz and Sidney Fenix on "City of God." Directed by Dylan May, this one's got a pretty simply strung aesthetic, but one that still somehow manages to burnish the quiet angles of this track till they shine. Engage blog-based boost capacities.

 

The track itself is simple: voice patch synths duck slightly under thunking kick and clapping snare and that's more or less it. It loops and loops under Fenix and Marz softly rhyming. It's chilled out in a hazy way, like there's some bit of Leslie effect on the vocals or something, setting them to spin top-like as they saunter out. Clear as it all is, it somehow comes off like it's leaking through a cloud. Or maybe descending down, backlit by gleams you shouldn't stare at, like a holy hand from on high. I'm waffling a little because what I mean to say is there's a vibe that cuts through the simplicity. Or, more accurately, it picks up the simplicity and sprints with it, getting remarkably far in under three minutes. Vibes are hard to describe, you know.

 

"City of God" comes off MARTIANGODZ's recently released Keeps, the entirety of which silly putties around everything I described above. I've lately started worrying that I write in a way that's too gestural and doesn't explain itself enough. Is my verbing of "silly putty" above too unclear? In lieu of boring excavations, just check out Keeps below via the Soundcloud embed.

 

 

Then the video, directed again by Dylan May, is of piece with his constantly tightening visual style, which here is all about recontextualizing superimpositions and visual flips/flops. Both emcees find themselves doubled, tripled, and quadrupled up through the video. Whether that's mirrored across the central divide, or black and white tapped on the top layer, it all does this interesting trick of splitting up the simplicity. Pull at the threads of a piece of fabric and you soon enough see how it's actually fully particulate, you know? The high-contrast color scheme, too, shuffle steps it all along, lending a cleanness to the complication. Strong, strong direction.

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