Goat

I discovered this music video directed by Sam Macon for the band Goat’s song “Hide from the Sun”. It manages to pull together occult psychedelia, weird childlike paper-mache costumes, a threatening creepiness and homage to pe-renaissance European religious iconography in one strange little package. Who knew that was even possible? One of the elements I love most about it, and see relating to my own work, is that it straddles that fine line between being so bizarre that it’s funny and at the same time being genuinely quite otherworldly and engaging. As I’ve discovered, that is such a difficult balance to strike. It is totally earnest or is it having fun playing with the ideas of spirituality through psychedelics? Does it matter? The obviously constructed sets and costumes lend the scenes a realness and genuine uncanniness that you wouldn’t expect. In fact you would expect the whole thing to just be hokey and badly made, but somehow these very qualities allow the video to transcend expectations.

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