Today Collapsing Scenery have shared the official video for “The Grey Cardinal” with Flood Magazine. “The Grey Cardinal” is featured on Collapsing Scenery’s album Stress Positions out now on Metropolitian Indian (order). Collapsing Scenery is the meeting of two fertile and febrile minds, Don De Vore (Ink & Dagger, Lilys, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby) and Reggie Debris. The band’s latest video was directed by Mads Jensen and stars Ashley Cahill, Z Berg, Nick Hinman, Leila Spilman, Charlotte Ritchie and more.
About the video Reggie Debris says:
“The Grey Cardinal” is a nickname for Vladislav Surkov, the architect of the modern Russian propaganda machine. His tactics, largely derived from his background in experimental theater, essentially boil down to creating a thicket of confusion and mistrust out of which a strong leader can emerge and provide a sense of stability and solidity. The miasma of chaos and obfuscation is created in part by developing and/or supporting opposing groups of activists (for example far-right nationalists and left wing anti-fascists). The song is a meditation on how these ideas and tactics have proliferated across the modern political landscape and exploded with the prevalence of online news and web based communities, as well as a sort of abstract character study of Surkov himself, an eminently fascinating demon of modern discourse (or lack thereof).