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Drip Lines: A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure

A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure by Drip Lines touches on the realm of symbology, in an aesthetic and psychological level.

Everything we do can be symbolic. For instance, pouring yourself a cup of tea while listening to Gregorian chants before sunrise can be a symbol of welcoming spirituality in your work. Or having that moment of silence is symbolic of purifying your sphere so that creativity can enter. So is undressing. Which is the center of this video by Electronic indie pop band Drip Lines. It has an interesting background:

Jake O'Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

Jake O’Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

The video, originally silent, was created by Megan St. Clair as part of her BFA thesis at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2014. The description read: if an act of undressing a new lover creates a beginning, does the act of dressing an obsolete lover create closure?

The piece inspired Drip Lines to compose a work of the same title which ultimately led to the concept and creation of his debut EP “Evolution of a Love”. As an artistic experiment, the two pieces were later combined.

So what do I think about the music? I like it. It’s in the style of bands I listened to when I was exploring alternative music in the 90s. I love the atmospheric style. The layered vocals and space guitar style work well. The drums sound as if they were recorded on a tape and played back. Actually everything sounds like they’ve been played back and recorded underwater. How did Jake O’Neal did this?

This is a kind of song I would listen to if I want to stay in my bedroom the whole day and read. Oh yeas there are moments when being in a bubble can be total bliss. The artwork for Evolution of Love is also fantastic. The psychedelic flowers remind me of the early days of the hippie counter-culture and all people want to do is believe in love and be a fruitarian. I think O’Neal has embraced a bit of these qualities, though I must say he is very much in the ‘now.’

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