The new animated video for Shabazz Palaces “Forerunner Foray,” one of the standouts from Lese Majesty, directed by musician, animator, and label mate Chad VanGaalen is now online. With psychedelic, surrealist animation, and Magic Johnston surfing through space on a piece of pizza, it’s a video you won’t want to miss.
The video premiered on Gorilla vs. Bear , stating that is was “Video of the year until further notice.”
Gorilla Vs. Bear has previously had glowing reviews of Palaces’ work and style.
“Unlike their previous, also brilliant full-length Black Up, Shabazz Palaces’ new “sonic move” Lese Majesty is not necessarily conducive to absorption in small doses. The record is a massive, dense monolith, divided into suites that only start to make sense after countless repeat listens. It’s a bridge from rap’s beginnings in the early ’70s into its future — structurally, thematically, lyrically, sonically, all of it — that sounds so many light years ahead of everything else in the genre that its nods to the past only reveal themselves after one invests real time immersed in what we called “the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape” that the group has created.” [Album of the Year] – Gorilla Vs. Bear
To hear more of Palaces’ work from 2014, check out his single “Ham Sandwich” which was released December 31st, 2014.
In other news, Shabazz Palaces also has a few confirmed shows to mention: January 17th in Nashville, TN for a direct-to-acetate performance at Third Man Records’ Blue Room and April 3rd in Hollywood, CA at The Palladium supporting TV on the Radio.