On Our Radar: Johnny Payne demonstrates social distancing (sort of) in video for "Man in the Mist"

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      Light Organ Records artist Johnny Payne (of the Shilohs) shows us one form of social distancing in the video for "Man in the Mist". Although at first glance he appears to be playing with a full group, his "bandmates" are all invisible, and possibly incorporeal. It's all probably a metaphor for loneliness, or maybe it's just a cool visual trick. In these days of self-isolation and quarantine, however, it's tempting to read a whole lot more into pretty much everything.

      In any case, here's what the artist himself has to say about it:

      The video was originally inspired by the sets and janky special effects of 1960s variety shows like Ed Sullivan and Ready Steady Go, with the headless concept coming later. I love the idea of the faceless musician, especially in this hyper visual pop era; seeing a body move and perform without the deception of the face. It was interesting to me that this process in post production was called 'masking' because masks would work for this as well. No face at all, though, is the ultimate mask. We wanted to make all the musicians appear the same as though they are all part of one musical (margarita) machine. By the end I have become part of this machine as well. There’s another way to look at it too: You mix it up with the Man in the Mist and sometimes you lose your head!

      "Man in the Mist" is from Payne's forthcoming LP, King of Cups.

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