Queer/nonbinary synth- & hyper-pop artist The Scary Jokes is back for blood with a new album cycle and their use of abstract industrial pop production with strong lyricism is put on full display. “Uzumaki” continues the streak of creating a somewhat tense, mysterious tone through the programming, but with a more poppy energy to accompany the drum loops. The animated psych-glitch bop comes to you amidst a new album on the horizon.
Following last month's single “Our Murderous Descent”, “Uzumaki” follows the same road of altered synth chords with a booming melody in the drums.
“Uzumaki” is a deeper exploration of a lonely feeling with its textures and layers blending together harmoniously to create a sensation of “spiraling”.
Scary Jokes is still on the conceptual album kick and this track's composition exemplifies it well.
The track is an embodiment of a hero's journey while simultaneously exploring the theme of being lost without searching for anything in particular and while the track accomplishes this just fine on its own, the accompanying animation makes the listening experience much sweeter.
There’s a specific tone and aesthetic shot for with the music and animation huntress Kenzie Bugg hits the mark perfectly with a direction that’s relentlessly fluid and vibrant in its character design and moments of syncopation.
Everything from the mood of the song to the animation is spacey, reflecting a search deep in the void and then the beat switches up.
Not only does the instrumental change up, but the animation gets a second burst of wind as well.
Watch the animated video for “Uzumaki” now and catch Retinal Bloom out on May 26th on Needlejuice Records.