River Tiber gets a little weird in the new clip for ‘Acid Test’
Toronto producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter RIVER TIBER, otherwise known as Tommy Paxton-Beesley, has shared a stunning video for single ‘Acid Test’, taken from his recently released debut LP, Indigo. Shot on location in Morocco and directed by Grandson & Son and River Tiber himself, the clip is packed with colour, stunning visual effects and a myriad of creative camera angles. It’s bordering on experimental, much like Paxton-Beesley’s music itself, which fuses jazz and hip-hop vibes with modern production techniques and dreamy vocals for a sound comparable to past collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada.
The video builds on a visually stunning Moroccan backdrop, adding effects and quick cuts that create a psychedelic, dream-like scenario. Paxton-Beesley is featured alone throughout the clip, perhaps a nod to his completely self-sufficient production style in which he writes, arranges, plays, and records almost element of every track.
River Tiber was a significant part of BADBADNOTGOOD’s recent collaboration with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, lending a hand in arrangement as well as playing cello, violin, and trombone. He was also one of just three Canadians to join the Red Bull Music Academy Paris in 2015. 2017 is looking bright, with Paxton-Beesley about to kick off his first major US tour in support of D.R.A.M.
Indigo is out now on Good Manners Records.
Words by Ted Dwyer