I’m going to start this with a confession: I’m a nerd. I love to read, debate, dissect movies/shows/stories/culture to the point where you either want to give me a wedgie or wish me a slow and painful death. Between reality TV and the same super cheesy, B-Side Cult film I’ve seen hundreds of times with the Ufos dangling from strings and a guy in a foam monster suit attacking the city, I’ll always choose the cult classic. No questions asked. That being said, I also understand that not everything has to have a message and not every musician needs to be the next Woody Guthry or Kendrick Lamar. Sometimes you need a little “Cum On Feel The Noize,” a little “Bad and Bougie” or just some LMFAO to dumb out to and enjoy. After all, life is about having fun, right?That’s why when someone who actually HAS a message comes along, it makes the art that much more poignantly sweet.
After a long awaited time Bay Area musician, Eliquate, dropped his latest video, “Ray Bradbury,” from his upcoming album Me and My TV, dropping this month. The lyrics are focus on a dystopian future where life continues automatically through machines because humans have become obsolete. He based it on the short story, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” written by sci-fi writer, Ray Bradbury, in the olden days of 1950. Interestingly, Bradbury was inspired by a poem of the same name, written by Sara Teasedale about the annihilation of life on Earth, that she wrote two years after the end of World War 1. I wouldn’t lie to you. I’m a full-blown nerd.
“Ray Bradbury” stands out not only in lyrical content, but sets itself apart as a video as well. In true artist fashion, Eliquate turns the original idea on its head. Instead of a fancy, automated house we find him washed up on a beach–Santa Cruzians might recognize a famous landmark or two–creating fire and hunting fish ala Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Instead of that coward, Wilson, Eliquate has a much more loyal canine friend. And don’t worry vegan friends, no animals were actually harmed in the making of the video–the fish were bought frozen from a local grocery store.
Give this song a few plays because there’s a lot going on in it and you’ll pick up more of the subtext with each round.