Video of the moment
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Formerly the frontman of rock 'n rollers Sleepless Nights, one-time lobster fisherman A.A. Wallace has morphed into a DIY creator of self-described bedroom disco. The Halifax-based producer/artist caught our attention with his 2013 full-length Disambiguation, described by our David Farrell as "a mix of French house, chillwave and nu-disco that is as silken sounding and sublime as anything by the Pet Shop Boys."
He is back with a similarly seductive single, "Secret Name", and its video is an eye-catching treat. As a press release informs us, "it is directed by Doomsquad's Trevor Blumas and produced by D.I.Y. visual arts collective Heretical Objects (Etiquette, F%&d Up). "Secret Name" merges late-70s era Lynch-ian style with the modern Youtube phenomenon of unboxing videos, creating a surreal piece that fetishizes the discovery and unveiling of a package as much as the contents itself."
There's a real erotic heat generated by the clip, as a feminine hand caresses the brightly decorated large gift box, prior to slitting it open with a knife. Items then unveiled range from a python and a pistol to an 8-ball and a Rubik's cube, with Wallace's melodic synth-pop a nicely complementary soundtrack.
We're pleased to hear Wallace will be releasing more tracks in coming months, culminating in the fall release of a new full-length via Culvert Music. He brings his "super fun summer nu-disco dance party" to the Magpie in Toronto on May 23.