HARD just dropped their new video for “Aural Psynapse” to their mailing list, and I just have to share. This song is a solid example of why Deadmau5 is easily the most popular minimal-progressive producer in the world; taking simple series of noises and blending them into cohesive symphonic stories, he takes his listeners on sonic journeys that explore emotions and settings deeper than the euphoric joy or throbbing aggression of most house and bass music.
“Aural Psynapse” is one of my Deadmau5 favorites. It hearkens back to his first hit, “Strobe”, but turns off the minimal path and enters a forest of melancholy revelries, where the shadows of past lovers dance on dead leaves stained with the long-dried blood of broken hearts. When the beat drops, the clipped beep of the siren adds a sense of urgency; I can’t catch these shadows, can’t shape them into more than memories. All I can do is dance alongside, and hope that perhaps, if I close my eyes and lift my hands and embrace the weight of sadness brought on by the minor chord harmonies, I may find some peace…or even joy.
Anyways, I’m not the biggest fan of HARD, but I like this video. It doesn’t encompass the full breadth of the emotions I get out of “Aural Psynapse”, but it’s worth watching for the visual trip.