Video Premiere: Members of Slint & Grails Join Forces on Watter’s “Rustic Fog”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 05.09.14 in News

An eagle soars in slow-motion, a preying mantis wriggles to life and digital figures engage in trancelike calisthenics in the eerily beautiful video for “Rustic Fog,” — the first from the debut album by Watter (featuring Zak Riles of Grails, Britt Walford from Slint and Tyler Trotter). The hypnotic tone of the video — directed by Allie Meyer — matches the brooding mood of the music. A transfixing mix of ambient music, Goblin-esque film scores and krautrock’s steady pulse, “Rustic Fog” feels as bleak and foreboding as a bad omen. Strange, Middle Eastern guitar phrasings curl around endlessly expanding layers of synth; it gets more imposing as it goes on, its inky-blue layers of sound gradually getting deeper and darker. It’s a powerfully unsettling listen, and the video heightens the sense of dread by pairing it with images of obscure origin and unusual content.