Los Angeles producer Elliott Kozel a.k.a. Gloomer has returned with a new single and music video for “Rolling,” a sprinting electronica track that absolutely overwhelms via its colossal atmospherics. It’s the third song he’s released to date, following previous singles like the anxious rollicker “Drumjoy” and guitar-dueling “Wait Up.” As always Gloomer’s enthralling sonics is fueled in no small part by a frenetic waxing melancholy and that’s no different on his newest track.
On “Rolling,” droning synths and concussive bass edge the beat just below the threshold of true agitation. With everything kept buoyant by the elastic punctuation of every piece of percussion and Kozel’s own daydreamy vocals. But the haze that keeps the song from becoming a dirge also masks the heavy inspiration for the track itself. At its core, “Rolling” is an engrossing wrestling with the question of how to truly help those addicted to drugs.
“This one is another song about trying to save drug addicts,” Kozel said. “Instead of wishing they would stop, it’s about hoping they are having fun while they’re high and letting go of the instinct to help them.”
In the music video for “Rolling,” directed by Joon Voigt and Kozel, you get a sense of the kind of complicated entanglement trying to help someone experiencing addiction can be. Shot on a Super 8mm camera they filmed it with their friend Gunner Sixx at an old abandoned biker clubhouse out in an isolated desert, the resulting film is grimy and raw exactly like the song. With the film’s distorted and glitchy fragments, not to mention every shot of Sixx ripping into the desert, it perfectly mirrors all the blitzing emotion that exudes from “Rolling.”
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Words by Steven Ward
Listen to the new single “Rolling” by Gloomer below!