Who wants ‘actuality’ while you will be like Phoebe Ryan and reside your full Grownup Swim, candy-colored cartoon fantasy? The singer shares the inspiration behind her wild new video, what she’s been as much as in quarantine, and extra.
“It’s only a fantasy,” sings Phoebe Ryan at first of “Actuality,” a music that places the “dream” in dream-pop. In the brand new monitor, premiering Could 29, Phoebe delivers an anthem for willful ignorance in terms of affairs of the center. “I feel your telephone is lifeless once more / as a result of after I write, you by no means learn it / I’ve made a monster in my head / and all these lies is what I feed it.” With blisteringly trustworthy lyrics and a kaleidoscopic beat, Phoebe has created a marvel of pop music. This music is as sobering as a slap to the face however as enchanting as a drunken Sunday afternoon.
One may really feel a bit inebriated after viewing the video, an animated characteristic that makes an argument for Phoebe ought to get her personal proven on Grownup Swim. Plus, in an odd coincidence, “Actuality” is a dream come true for Phoebe. The artist behind this brightly coloured and considerably NSFW video is none apart from Richie Brown, a multi-genre artist who has created movies for bands like CHEW, BRICK+MORTAR, and Ben Levin. “I had all the time wished to do a video with Richie,” Phoebe tells MeSlop in an EXCLUSIVE interview, “as a result of I’ve been a fan of his work for years. If any music on the album was going to be animated, I knew it might be ‘Actuality.’ “
“‘Actuality’ is a few time in my life the place I used to be very dishonest with myself,” she stated in a press release concerning the video, “trusting individuals who shouldn’t be trusted, and principally simply dwelling a lie as a result of it was far much less painful than the reality. I like the lyrics, they’re all straight from my dumb little coronary heart, however I feel the manufacturing of the music is what actually hits me. It’s so upbeat and psychedelic, anthemic, shiny, but sorrowful.”
Phoebe talks about this dichotomy with MeSlop. She additionally reveals the music from At Battle With The Mystics (the 2006 Flaming Lips album that influenced “Actuality) that she would cowl, in addition to what followers can anticipate once they get a duplicate of the devoted zine she’s placing out with this new music.
MeSlop: The video for “Actuality” seems prefer it’s the pilot for the subsequent nice Grownup Swim present. Did you all the time need an animated video with the music?
I had all the time wished to do a video with Richie Brown (@richiebrowntown) as a result of I’ve been a fan of his work for years. If any music on the album was going to be animated, I knew it might be ‘Actuality.’ It simply lends itself to a vibe that’s extra exterior the field, extra fantastical.
Talking of which, what are a few of your favourite cartoons/animated options? Have you ever been binge-watching something through the shutdown?
I might say it began with Beavis and Butthead earlier than I used to be even sufficiently old to grasp any of the jokes. I bear in mind being 5 years outdated and watching that with my brothers every time our dad and mom left us with a babysitter. I’ve a looong checklist of different favorites. I’m a sucker for Grownup Swim and Seth MacFarlane. Huge Mouth is among the newer ones that I feel is wonderful. However I haven’t been binge-watching something these days. I spend most of my time taking part in video video games.
“Actuality” was impressed by The Flaming Lips’ At Battle With The Mystics. Your love for the band runs deep. Have you ever linked with the band? And, with ever artist doing bed room covers throughout this time of COVID, which music from Mystics would you choose?
I’ve by no means linked with them, I’ve simply admired from a distance for years. If I used to be going to cowl a music from that album, it might in all probability be the “Yeah Yeah Yeah Track” or “Mr. Ambulance Driver.”
Equally, “Actuality” jogs my memory of “Do You Understand?” which is that this uplifting orchestration about how everybody sometime will die. “Actuality” additionally marries this splendidly beachy, sunny manufacturing with some intensely sobering lyrics. Was there a second when you considered placing these lyrics to a extra ‘critical’ sounding music, or was this intelligent dichotomy all the time the objective?
I like that music too! After we had been engaged on Actuality, I don’t suppose we had any intention in some way. Possibly Huge Style had that vibe in his thoughts, however the best way we work, it looks like all the things form of simply occurs in a magic method. I additionally understand that I have a tendency to put in writing largely unhappy songs, however my tone will be deceivingly joyful. We simply roll with it.
You’re additionally releasing a ‘zine with the music. Had been/are you massive into ‘zines throughout their heyday? What impressed this cool addition to the music?
I made my first zine final yr for Valentine’s Day, and it was a lot enjoyable I’ve been ready for the chance to make one other one. My followers love them. We had a lot paintings to make use of from Richie, it simply made sense to create one thing that may be a visible extension of the video and the vibe of the music.
“Actuality” is out now.