With a provocative name and aesthetics comes provocative music and it’s no different this time. CRITTÉ, an electro tinged, psychedelicized space rock act from Seattle deliver a swirling blaze of seemingly modest harmonies with a hypnotic aura, evoking the sounds of the past, yet still ramaining a well produced product of the present. Their new track, “Spaced Out”, highlights CRITTÉ’s effortless ability to craft a colorful soundscape, now accompanied by a proper visual, mixing crazy animations by Bradley Oliver Wilkinson and the band’s live shots by Brent Starheim. We’re pleased to give you the video’s first play, right here! Give it a spin and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
The band commented:
“Our first d.i.y. animated music video ’Spaced Out’ is a heavy anthem inspired by the late David Bowie. Growling melodies hurled through an extraterrestrial landscape, this song expands on our original idea of a comic character named Critté and her borzoi. This fantasy sci/fi video takes her and the trusting companion cruising through the cosmos. Chopped with heavy guitar riffs and playful synthesizers, it’s a catchy pop inspired style song from our debut album ‘Spaced Out Of Control’ To find more on the origin check out the first EP & comic book ‘Stuart’s Cove’, available at all live shows.”
The band will celebrate the single’s release at High Dive in Seattle on June 16th. GO HERE to RSVP.
Seattle-based indie rock outfit, CRITTÉ [cree-tay], was formed in 2015 by Bradley Oliver and Hector Rodriguez. The pair, who became friends through their involvement with the Austin street art scene some years before, began experimenting with electro-pop when Oliver decided that joining Rodriguez in his new home in the Emerald City just might be the fresh start he was looking for. It didn’t take long for that sound to expand and, with the incorporation of Mary Robins (bass) and Chris Glazer (drums), the now-four-piece’s debut full-length, Spaced Out Of Control, would be equally at home on a roster of ‘90s Sub Pop bands as it would any 2017 Soundcloud playlist.
With its ‘Space Oddity’-esque outro written as a tribute to David Bowie around the time of his death, lead single Spaced Out features a rich, sing-along chorus before its climactic finish. Lyrically, Oliver addresses simultaneously a desire for and a fear of change, which is brought to positive resolve in the finale with the reminder that, as humans, we are blessed with the power to recover from traumatic events and to continue growing in spite of them.