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Oakland-based art-pop group Makeunder unveils new animated music video “Great Headless Blank”

The music of the Oakland-based art-pop group Makeunder, the brainchild of musician Hamilton Ulmer, is undeniably visually evocative. The sweeping sounds featured on the project’s latest EP, Great Headless Blank, came paired with an Illustrated Listening Guide created in collaboration with noted Illustrator Dean Stuart (SF Weekly feature). Watch here.

Appropriately, Makeunder now returns with a wonderfully imaginative animated music video for the EP’s title track. The singular work of Montreal-based visual artist Carine Khalife (Colossal feature), the video extends Makeunder’s commitment to a vision that goes beyond a traditional band structure.

Ulmer shares, “Makeunder’s music tends to attract visual artists. My mother is a painter and my father was a sculptor. Because of my upbringing, I’ve always seen music as a visual medium – both in terms of tone color and shapes and structures. So we thought it’d be interesting to give the title track of the latest Makeunder EP to an artist and see what they come up with.

Carine’s work is incredible, and she has the kind of work ethic necessary to surmount the tedium of painting every frame of a music video. She channeled the work of painter Francis Bacon, and borrowed the imagery used by my good friend and album-art maker, Gabriel Schama, to create a portrait of someone caught in the dizzying fury of grief.

I wrote the song ‘Great Headless Blank’ in a broken state, and Carine managed to capture the anxiety of it, the feeling of spinning endlessly without really ever departing.”

The unveiling of the “Great Headless Blank” video kicks off a pre-release for the EP, available for the first time on vinyl, out October 14th, 2016. Great Headless Blank also serves as the debut offering from the newly launched Good Eye Records. Pre-orders are now ongoing here.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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