Still riding the ripple effects of his Denzel Curry assisted sophomore single "Distrust", Lunice wastes little time and hit us up with the visuals. Taking the less travelled path and far departure from his previous visuals of "Maserati", Lunice calls up director Sam Rolfes who is known for his mixed format digital artistry and what he delivers is totally off kilter.
Distrust which is now a centerpiece of Lunice’s new live show is known to cause riots every time it’s played in the club with the anti-authoritarian message of its lyrics force listeners to stand up for what they don’t trust in society. That was pretty much the cue needed for Sam Rolfes to come up with the off the wall PS 1-esque aesthetics and will totally take gamers back to the era of "battle Arena Toshinden", "Tekken -1".
Visually you would witness a choked and pinned with glowing scraps of regressive netscum, a body thrashes and steps through the digital visual violence as a familiar green figure hangs splayed, pierced by a spear, entrails out, while Denzel Curry and LuniceFacetime in to watch.
“Distrust” was recorded live within a game engine, similarly to Rolfes’ previous videos for Amnesia Scanner & Rihanna’s VMA performance.
Sam Rolfes is a Chicago and New York based mixed-format digital artist and director. Using the human body as a mark making device and underlying structure, he crafts diffusive psychosexual worlds that sublimate space and identity within a live context.
Rolfes has been active across several formats and industries through live-performance VR, video, and still image projects for artists including Amnesia Scanner, Dawn Richard, Kingdom, Danny Brown, Danny L Harle, and Caroline Polachek; fashion print and promotional design for Nicola Formichetti's Nicopanda line, a music game for Adult Swim, fashion editorials for King Kong Magazine, & live visuals for Lafawndah, Squarepusher, and part of Rihanna's VMA 2016 performance, among others.
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August 25th – Reading Festival – UK
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