shlohmo_buried_directors_cutStolen Shots is a column in which our bud, fellow director Caleb Jackson picks apart some music videos that we love. Check out what he’s got to say, because it’s awesome.

Director Lance Drake just had a big week, releasing not only an incredibly ambitious, action packed video for Twin Shadow’s “I’m Ready”, but also a director’s cut of one of my personal faves – Shlohmo’s “Buried”; the latter of which originally came out in February (original review here).

Since seeing the original version of Shlohmo’s “Buried”, I’ve been hooked on director Drake’s style, digging a little deeper to find more. In particular, his native use of visual effects and unique take on rap videos prove more unconventional than average, without losing the artist’s intended image along the way. He seems to have a way of interpreting what an artist is going for, and then combining that with his own directorial style for something truly special. In the director’s cut of “Buried”, he was able to implement more of that singular synergy, and created something more telling and even more grotesque. The sound design on this version is pretty jarring, and harkens to the iconic Giallo scream queens of the past.

This version also focuses more on the actual narrative, and shows more of the girl’s subjective journey from start to finish. I felt like I understood a bit more on this version, though it definitely feels more like a short film than a music video. The song seems to drop behind the sound design like an old film, still creating atmosphere, but not driving the video like before. In turn, the new version is more evocative of dark, 70s-esque chillers in a way I’ve never seen before, a true compliment to the horror films of that era straight down to the 35mm film it was captured on. Watch this if you dare!

Additionally, Drake’s work on Twin Shadow’s “I’m Ready” is nothing short of incredible. It’s one of those videos where I can’t cite a whole lot of specific references, but I definitely understand the feel of it. It’s reminiscent of something we could’ve seen in the 90’s, but is more textured and cultured, combining a Final Fantasy 7 sword into the mix and a lot of action movie elements. I also liked how they only colorized the sword prop, perhaps referencing the fake Hamlet trailer in Last Action Hero?

This felt like a straight up ode to 90’s culture to me, utilizing campy camera zooms, one-liners, and shamelessly obscure narrative to get the point across. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for Twin Shadow’s jump into the next decade, but after seeing this, I can see how this accentuates his sense of nostalgia for multiple eras. If you haven’t listened to his older albums, do yourself a favor and DO IT. Great 80’s synth-pop that you can’t not dance to.

Overall, this one felt like a jump in the right direction for Twin Shadow and Lance Drake – I hope that they collaborate together more in the future!


Caleb Jackson is a director/writer/producer at Felt Film. He’s got some more music video reviews at Lowlyer.