Last month Shabazz Palaces released their second LP Lese Majesty, on Sub Pop, and today we get the video for its latest single “#CAKE.” The clip continues to work with the album’s science fiction-themed imagery, featuring a backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world overrun with large alien beings.
Ishmael Butler appears as a huge, disjointed head, intoning, “They gonna always slice my portion, bro,” as the building decays around him. Since the album’s title refers to the type of crime that offends royalty (think of tossing an insult the monarchy’s way), Ish as a displeased king, with a rotting crown in the corner, only underscores the jab.
The video was directed by Hiro Murai, the man behind St. Vincent‘s “Cheerleader” and Cults‘ “High Road,” although the clip for “#CAKE” is closer to the work that Murai did for Earl Sweatshirt‘s “Chum” and “Hive.”
The video is below.
Also check out this interview with Nep Sidhu, the man behind the cover art for Lese Majesty as well as Black Constellations — an art collective that often works with Shabazz Palaces.