Today we shine the spotlight on Cambridge native and “electronic producer to watch with a hawk-like eye,” André Obin, who released a music video last week for the titular track on his recent Valencia 7-inch, directed by Theodore Cormey. The nearly seven-minute video is a darkly comic fever dream, elegantly shot in black and white while riffing on various tropes from thrillers, spy films, Philip K. Dick and even 1984 (how many of the eyes can you spot?).
Much to my delight, the video quickly descends into madness, as our unnamed protagonist--played by Obin, naturally--gets caught up in a world of hidden briefcases, funhouse mirrors and a particularly entertaining sequence in which he’s chased by a tank through an apple orchard. Things escalate quickly, leaving you unsure of what’s real and what’s just in his mind (*cue Inception horns*). Either way, when asked how it felt to film the tank scene, Obin said only,
The Boston Globe once described Obin’s work as always coming “from the heart.” Thus, this video leads us to wonder if the young composer of electronic synth symphonies is fucking crazy. (j/k André … or are we?)