Mossy gets political on new single & video clip, ‘Dumb Terror’
Sydney artist MOSSY has released a brand new, politically charged single, ‘Dumb Terror’, along with an accompanying video clip. It’s a direct response to the volatile political climate that has enveloped the world in the past year or so as a result of Trump, Brexit, and numerous other events that have propagated a shift toward right-wing thought in many pockets of society.
“For me, ‘Dumb Terror’ is about the never-ending conveyer belt of backwards politicians and our tendency to turn against each other instead of those with whom the power actually lies,” says Mossy. “I began writing ‘Dumb Terror’ on a flight to America. I was mucking around, recording the hum of the plane’s air conditioning through my laptop and then pitch-shifting it to make these strange sounding choral chords. During this visit to New York I also recorded a conversation at a Black Lives Matter rally in Union Square between a police officer and a civilian and ended up including it in the song as it seemed to fit in thematically.”
The track itself is beautiful psychedelic pop, with booming drums, whirly synths, and clever lyrics. Meandering through each chorus, the track carries a hint of despair and is bleak at times – a feeling not too surprising given its subject matter.
The accompanying video clip was put together by Perth director Matt Sav, who has worked previously with acts like Tame Impala and San Cisco. It features a revolving Mossy, covered in bruises, being slowly unwound from a giant ribbon. “Matt Sav emailed me about this video saying I want to beat the shit out of you, wrap you from head to toe like a mummy in shiny, reflective fabric, shine a giant spotlight in your dumb face and unravel you slowly for everyone to see. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity!” Combined with a bunch of other odd clips, the video is sufficiently otherworldly to match the sombre subject matter of ‘Dumb Terror’.
Mossy’s new single is out on I Oh You Records, and you can catch him live at Secret Garden Festival at the end of February.
Words by Ted Dwyer