The London Music Blog's Video of the week is............
Parabolic Delusions by Pinkunoizu
Pinkunoizu (Japanese for pink noise) are a Danish foursome consisting of Jaleh Negari (Drums), Jeppe Brix (Guitars), Andreas Pallisgaard (Guitar and Vocals) and Jacob Falgren (Guitar, Keys, Foot pedal, Bass). All are former members of the group Le Fiasko. The track Parabolic Delusions is from their debut album Free Time! which is out on March 25th.
The “peeping tom” camera in the Parabolic Delusions video hovers over a cardboard city whose inhabitants are projections. The music sounds fairly positive with a catchy vocal riff beginning the song and linking its different parts together throughout. This vocal riff is joined by a funky, cartoonish sounding bass line that bounces happily through the song. Undermining this positivity is the bored voice of Andres Pallisgaard whose lyrics hint towards a reality that is a repetitious “endless loop”. Fitting well into this idea are the looped projections we see upon the walls of the city’s buildings. The era of these scenes looks like 1950’s America, an era consistently associated with good housewives and social graces but with an underlying paranoia and repression. The song creates
a similar landscape with its carefree melody dancing over gloomy lyricism.
The images of suburbia and monotonous jobs create a jangled, collage of the everyday as the observant, omnipotent camera weaves its way through the city. The lyrics create the same effect “there is another server, there is another servant, there is another waiter, there is another waitress” making the listener think about not only the repetitious elements of these jobs but also the aspect of the replaceable associated with them and also our current situation in particular, in which everyone in every job is threateningly replaceable. These words lead into the chorus “like an endless loop of American troops, I will come for you, I will come for you,” we wonder who indeed the singer is coming for, but I don’t know that this is so important, mainly the point coming across here in the lyrics and the images is the banality and repetition we encounter in our daily lives. Pallisgaard has said of his lyrics that they come from his ability to ‘float around like an empty receptor’, which is how the camera seems to act in this video as it hovers about objectively, absorbing events.
Pallisgaard has also been quoted noting his fondness for ‘taking little snatches from the world that surrounds us and putting them into music’. Pinkunoizu have found a way to do this in their video too, stealing keyhole visuals and looping them in a style that matches their catchy, looped melodies and loose, aimless lyrics. During the musical interludes we escape the everyday fragmented projections of life in favour of colourful, psychedelic, patterns suggesting that perhaps when we cease the dullness of conversation and the expectations of the rat race, there is time to see beauty...either that or the projectionist fell victim to acid flashbacks.
The images and music work really well together, creating visual links between lyrics and image, for example as Palligaard sings “there is someone pushing, there is someone pushing me around” an image of a bully pushing down a little boy accompanies, and also symbolic links as I have mentioned above. The images chosen are quirky and visually pleasing just as the music is quirky and aurally
The band will begin a European tour in April, playing London’s Old Blue Last on April 24th.