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Premiere: Big Black Delta Shares Video for New Track “Summoner” and Announces New Album

4 Due Out in the Summer

Mar 20, 2020 Big Black Delta
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Los Angeles-based industrial techno-pop maverick Big Black Delta (aka Jonathan Bates) has shared a video for his new track “Summoner,” off of his forthcoming new album, 4, due out sometime this summer, and we are pleased to premiere it. The video is a haunting assemblage of vignettes that mimic found-footage or a homemade piece of film that documents a phantasmal journey to the desert before exploding into a occult ceremony replete with choreography, and giant laughing faces in the sky. The track itself fuses the buoyancy of techno-pop with blurry artifacts and plenty of grime, creating hooks from chaos. Check out the video, as well as download links, and video credits below.

On the making of the track, Bates had this to say: “It’s a big foggy, but I remember drunkenly watching Flight of the Navigator one morning and I wanted to make a song that made me feel what I felt at that moment. I’d been up since 1 a.m. drinking. The sun was coming up. It was super orange because booze does that to my eye sight. The movie provided the nostalgia and the feeling of flying (when the protagonist figures out how to fly the spaceship). That’s why that woozy synth comes in and out in the chorus. At the same time, it was medieval and witchy sounding. Like something you would play to summon a demon. Or daemon, depending on how thick your beck beard is.”

Choreographer and dancer Nina McNeely says that “the track and the concept took us on a choreographic exploration into possession, visceral ritual, and the terriyfing powers of monstrous femininity.”

“Summoner” Video Credits:

Directors: Warren Kommers & Nina McNeely
Music: Big Black Delta
Dancers: Nina McNeely, Allison Fletcher, Nadine Olmo
Apparition: Catherine Cooper
Male Victim: Warren Kommers
Dog: Bristol Petersen
Choreographer: Nina McNeely
Dance DP: Zachariah Dalton
Editor // VFX // 2nd Unit DP: Warren Kommers
Locations: Giroux

Find Big Black Delta’s “Summoner” available here.

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