Tame Impala’s Jay Watson Shares New Music as GUM and a Psychedelic Claymation
GUM from Tame Impala and POND has shared new music and a psychedelic claymation for his new track ‘The Blue Marble’.
Since Tame Impala’s last release ‘Currents’ in 2015, little has been heard from Australia’s favourite psychedelic sweethearts. But fortunately for us, Jay Watson, has started gearing up for his solo project as GUM.
The Tame Impala and POND multi-instrumentalist shared the first single from his upcoming solo project ‘The Underdog’. The single called ‘The Blue Marble’ was accompanied by a perfectly strange claymation video of an alien world of bright colours and unidentifiable organisms. Everything you’d expect from a Tame Impala offshoot.
And as a side note, have you ever made a claymation? That shit is hard enough when you’re making normal stuff, let alone an astral environment you’ve only seen in your dreams (or trips). The piece was masterfully created by Alex McLaren (and frequent collaborator Sean McAnulty) who has also created trippy videos for The Murlocs and School Damage, and took two months to put together.
Jay Watson described the new single as ‘evoking that sensation of triumph and that weird parallel universe feeling you get when the person that’s not supposed to win, does.” The track follows two previously released singles ‘The Underdog’ and ‘S.I.A’.
Watson’s music has always had a slightly more pop vibe compared to the psychedelic rock sounds of Kevin Parker and Tame Impala, and he has mixed and recorded the album himself, describing it 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.”
GUM’s new album ‘The Underdog’ is out in early April, and is his first release since 2016’s Flash in the Pan.
Listen to the track and watch its psychedelic claymation:
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