Just when I think I'm never going to hear from the band that got me into goth in the first place Asmodeus X pops back into existence out of nowhere. This time it was with a new music video for the title track off of 2011's Bright Ones, and it is out there. WAY out there.
Though there is some basic performance footage of the band playing the song, shot by none other than Texas Supreme Court candidate Jim Chisolm, the thing that sets "Bright Ones" apart is the CGI work put together by Chris Camacho. It's both primitive and elegant at the same time, showing a variety of angelic extraterrestrial figures engaged in worshipful motions. In other words, it looks like someone turned Asmo's Paul Fredric's head inside out and put it on YouTube.
"I feel it fits in perfectly!" said Fredric. "Campy space themes with hot digital beauties over a slightly diabolical undercurrent is what we've been going for since Morningstar!"
Fredric and Camacho met over the International E-mail Audio Arts Project (IEAAP). Though now defunct, the project was meant to help showcase homemade music through minute-long clips of songs submitted by bands form all over the world.
One of these was Asmo's "Fifth Planet" which inspired Camacho to try and craft a short music video for it.
Camacho still considers himself an amateur, but his work is really as up to par as the CGI Barbie movies my daughter guilt-trips me into buying constantly. Certainly, it's more entertaining.
His forms have the classic lines of '50s sci fi kitsch, and also call to mind the mind-bending insanity of the early days of animated videos on MTV. Due to commitments to other projects it took more than a year for "Bright Ones" to finally be realized, and I for one am glad it was.
The cosmology of the Asmo universe, which is a very compelling read by the way, is so magically mixed up between Luciferian ideals and saint-like daemons from space.
Camacho captures these very esoteric themes with absolute precision... and apparently on accident. Fredric and he share a passion for JohnFowles psuchological illusions novel The Magus, but other than that Camacho is ignorant of the genies he so effortlessly bottled.
"To be honest, I don't know much about Asmo's history," says Camacho. "At first glance -- or on first hearing "Bright Ones" -- I was reminded of the theme in Peter Gabriel's "Salisbury Hill." Someone confronted with the choice of leaving everything behind in favor of living among extra-terrestrials."
One thing is for certain: If this partnership continues then Camacho is going to know first-hand what leaving being Earth to dwell with mysterious forces beyond the world feels like. Check it out below.
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