Soundscape master GUM aka Jay Watson (of Tame Impala fame) released another track late last week from his upcoming fourth solo record, ‘The Underdog.’ The Blue Marble’ reflects the signature spaciousness of Watson’s psychadelic sound; a feast not only for the ears, the track dropped with a play dough stop motion directed by Alex McLaren (ORB, School Damage) in collaboration with Sean McNulty.
Watson describes the upcoming LP as “the soundtrack to a day in the life of GUM. Starting before going out at night, full of spirit and euphoria and feeling like it’s me against the world, before crashing and waking up riddled with anxiety and panic, only to build myself up to do it all again.” Two months in the making, the clip feels like an indie Trapdoor, with a circular karmic rhythm. There are moments of fleeting historical and religious symbolism; the animation is emotional and sonic, and doesn’t force an interpretation.
GUM takes The Underdog on tour from its 6 April launch date, with a sold-out first gig at Melbourne’s Yah Yahs. The tour features shows at By The Meadow, Sydney’s Oxford Arts Factory and The Brighside in Brisbane.
Watch Blue Marble below…