Last month, Caleb Landry Jones announced his new album, Gadzooks, Vol. 1, out September 24th on Sacred Bones. He returns today with “The Loon,” the follow-up to lead single, “Bogie.” “The Loon” is another acid-soaked preview of Gadzooks Vol 1., accompanied by a music video directed, shot, and edited by Jones’ regular collaborator Jacqueline Castel. In the video, Jones assumes the role of a renaissance clown seated at a vanity, both examining himself and inhabiting the surreal reflection before him. “Your world’s not like mine, though my eyes are yours,” Jones sings in a falsetto. “The Loon” doubles down on its idiosyncrasies, with Jones describing “rings of fire and time” just before the track reaches its climax. Jones is captivating in “The Loon,” highlighting his creativity as both an actor and musician. For a more in depth look into the story behind “The Loon” video, head to Cool Hunting.
Castel comments on “The Loon”: “Part dream, part nightmare, ‘The Loon’ is a psychedelic portrait of the multiple identities and interdimensional realities that exist inside oneself – a subconscious circus of the sublime and the grotesque.”
Just a few months after recording his debut album, The Mother Stone, Caleb Landry Jones wrote Gadzooks Vol. 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico while filming the dystopian themed film, Finch, alongside Tom Hanks. Finch will debut on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 5th. Idling away his hours on location by focusing on creativity, Caleb knew he had to get straight back into the studio when filming stopped. At Los Angeles’ Valentine Recording Studio, Jones reunited with the same cast who formed The Mother Stone, including producer Nic Jodoin and Drew Erickson, who handled string and horn arrangements. Together, Caleb and Nic would work 18-hour days, bringing Caleb’s vision into focus.
Gadzooks Vol. 1 moves from joy to despair, from horror to glib humor. Its sounds range from spider-like wisps of neo-psychedelia through to vast swathes of synthetic chords; it’s thrilling, shocking, and wonderfully entertaining as each song starts and finishes in entirely unique places, often totally divorced from each other. Part of a flood-tide of creativity – as its title suggests, a second half to this album is already in the works.