Goodbye Tomorrow “Back It Down”
I feel like Neo bending The Matrix for the first time. Goodbye Tomorrow‘s glitchy, animated visuals have a way of creating the same feeling — and none moreso to date than in the new song “Back It Down” above.
We’re taken on a trip through the eyes of a man, experiencing a fully designed city populated by women/robot hybrids that have TVs or smartphones as heads. The screens illustrate the revealing, sexual images we see daily. The genius in design and on display continues as we see the recurring message, “Watching is a crime,” throughout the city.
The audio backdrop is just as poignant with primarily a distorted, pitched delivery and one of the best melodies in the production that I’ve heard in recent memory (that dominates the first and latter thirds.) Listeners can find parallels in the lyrics (I did) and further appreciate the subtle touches like when certain layers come in and out of the song. Visually as well: the various axes and moving perspectives, the details in the buildings of the beautiful city, and even down to the computer typeface throughout the video.
“Back It Down” has us ready for the full release of Tunnel Stripe Exit Ramp — the EP, as brilliantly teased at the end too, on June 17th.
To further simplify the song and video, GT explains to P&P below:
“It’s separate, the song and the video. The song itself is about the power struggle between a guy and a girl in an argument. The girl always end up winning, but the whole thing gets distorted by outside perception and in the end you don’t really even recognize your own voice when you’re talking.
This video pushes that idea to a global scale and is kind of like a view on how social media and media in general distorts our perception of sex and relationships and how we fall into a sort of prison based on our own biases and prejudices.
This guy is basically in a virtual reality prison cause all he does is look at girls on IG and watch porn and shit but the actual question is, is he to blame for looking or are the girls to blame for putting it on display? I think that’s the base level of every back and forth in society.
It’s 2 sides with an incomplete view of the larger system at play, and usually both sides are unaware. You know it’s ads on these buildings selling the same things they’re outlawing. Very American ya know?”
This definitely makes ya think. Under this lens, watch it one more time.
and more importantly understand that there are layers and levels of complexity nothing is as black and white as it seems
— goodbyetomorrow (@goodbyetomorrow) June 13, 2016
social perception is under scrutiny.
containment script is unresponsive.
this is a pythagorean nightmare.
watching is a crime.
Back It Down Single Art + Teasers