Just a few months ago we gave you the calypso-funk sonics for “There She Goes,” Sidewalk Chalk‘s first single off the recently released Leaves LP. And today we have the pleasure of premiering their inaugural video with the eerie CCTV visuals put forth in the “There She Goes” video treatment, tapping into the luddite in us all. The Chicago-bred 8-piece struts some Stevie Wonder-meets- The Meters type funk over a Clockwork Orange-esque scenery, juxtaposing the endlessly tight and funky groove with a dark, dystopian technopolitical narrative. The band dropped us a line on the underlying premise for the video:
“In “There She Goes,” Rico Sisney (MC) and Maggie Vagle (Vocalist) take on the persona of the NSA and attempt to convince you that it is a good thing that your data is being collected, your photos analyzed and your whereabouts recorded. This is not just because it keeps you “safe,” but because you like it better this way.
The new video builds on this theme and further examines the idea of being trapped by media and fed lies. When a young woman is kidnapped, she has to tear herself away from the screen and see beyond the message that she is “trapped” in order to find her way out. In the end it is simple, but when one mind is freed another is always in tow.”
So there you have it folks, don’t get caught up in the madness. Rather, rock with the latest visuals from Sidewalk Chalk below and be sure to cop their impressive sophomore release Leaves via iTunes. We’ll have more on the ill Chicago-based octet soon, so be sure to keep in the pocket and check back soon.