Published May 05, 2015Portland multi-instrumentalist Tom Filepp may be best known for his electronic-folk outlet Cars & Trains or as head of the artistically driven Circle Into Square label, an affiliate of Fake Four, but he has gone for something darker with his latest solo effort, True Deceiver. This music is in a vein of shoegazey post-metal inspired by the likes of Godflesh, Slowdive and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, all influences of which can be heard in True Deceiver's recently released eponymous EP. Today, Exclaim! is happy to premiere a video from this EP called "Neutron Star."
"Neutron Star" turns up the sludge factor with sluggish '90s alt-rock guitars and a distorted drum machine beat, yet its melody seems cautiously optimistic, a feeling underlined by delicate canned strings and shimmering synth pad. The video captures this juxtaposition of light and heavy, consisting mostly of nature shots and fractured squares of painting-like blobs and lines dissected through primary coloured filters that flicker at a breakneck pace. It contrasts a sense of stillness, the stationary mountains and artwork, with the tension of perpetual fractal perception.
Check out the video for yourself below.