LA-based deathrock/synthpop outfit VR SEX have unleashed their video for “Sacred Limousine” off the project’s debut LP Human Traffic Jam.
The self-recorded project is fronted by Noel Skum a parallel universe incarnation of Drab Majesty’s Deb Demure (Andrew Clinco) and features Z. Oro (Aaron Montaigne of Antioch Arrow/Heroin/DBC) on vocals and drums, and Mico Frost (Brian Tarney) on synths and electric bass.
Clinco, having self-directed the video had this to say about digital era themes, which are not unlike those also being explored through Drab Majesty’s upcoming album Modern Mirror:
“This video is an observation of two cyber archetypes in the voyeuristic arena of social media: Those that are driven by a subconscious desire to hunt and those that subconsciously desire to be hunted.
The “Sacred Limousine” is essentially my metaphor for how social media has given us the tools to simulate a charmed life, a special brand of feigned grandeur, without really showing what truly lies inside. Conversely, it’s also a vehicle that grants us the space to observe anonymously and act with impunity from behind our screens. Both of these roles are demonstrated and symbolized as the pedestalized faceless lady and the Peeping Tom behind the brush.
The entire microcosm of this video takes place in a world within a world within a world – a series of facades and spaces beginning and ending with the mansion, another, like the limousine, visible display of luxury.
The recurring character(s)/performer(s) in VR SEX are my own artistic interpretation of this voyeuristic archetype featured in the video aka Noel Skum.
The character set in the scene behind the drapes is my interior soliloquy, inviting my own vulnerability and susceptibility to be measured in the piece; both as part of this collective epidemic of internet voyeurism, but also a cautioner to be aware of my engagement with social media and it’s illusory simulacra. Because the tools for silently monitoring strangers are made readily available and sold to us, we all can very easily become part of this voyeuristic and objectifying culture.”
Watch the video for “Sacred Limousine” below
DAIS Records is releasing VR SEX’s debut album Human Traffic Jam on May 10th, 2019 on digital, vinyl LP (packaged in a thick matte stock jacket with a printed inner euro sleeve with lyrics and download card in various colored vinyl variants), as well as compact disc, housed in a matte digipack with lyric insert and features the bonus track “Corridor (Epilogue)”. Cover art by Brooklyn based artist Adam Helms.