Watch the undersea video for Rusk’s new post-rock single, “Banana Brain”
On July 1, California indie/post-rock group Rusk will release their new album, Om Improvement, via Nefarious Industries. Formerly known as Jerkagram, comprising brothers Brent and Derek Gaines, the group expanded to a quartet featuring bassist Ryan Pivovar and violinist Zachary Paul, and their new album (fourth overall, first ask Rusk) was recorded and mixed by Tortoise‘s John McEntire. Today, they’ve shared a new video for “Banana Brain,” the graceful, slow moving and hypnotic ambient-rock ballad from their upcoming album. It’s a gorgeous track, only occasionally climaxing between moments of patient, spacious verse. The video was shot by Olivia Owens Wyatt in French Polynesia, and features footage of a fisherman at work.
Rusk’s Brent Gaines says in a statement, “I think this is our first ballad and it’s about finding relief in communion with the uniqueness of your place, just as you are, in the grand scheme of things. This song really lent itself to Ryan and Zack, as it’s very open air. The video is footage of a French-Polynesian fisherman by a tremendous cinematographer named Olivia Owens Wyatt. Feel the sea.”
Om Improvement will be released digitally and as a limited edition “frosted ice” cassette.
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