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Shabazz Palaces premiere video for “Forerunner Foray” — watch

on January 09, 2015, 1:45pm

Shabazz Palaces have enlisted Canadian indie rocker and Sub Pop labelmate Chad VanGaalen to create an animated video for the Lese Majesty single “Forerunner Foray”.

As he’s proven on artwork across his own solo career, VanGaalen’s approach to animation is both surrealist and fantastical. Here, his “Forerunner Foray” visual depicts a truly psychedelic galaxy full of time-traveling stallions, slow-burning stars, vivid explosions of light and color, and, um, thee Magic Johnson surfing around on a slice of pizza. Perhaps it’s best that no one can hear you scream in space, ’cause I’m not sure how else to deal with such a profoundly trippy experience. Strap into your rocket ship and watch it below.

In related news, Shabazz is set to become the latest act to record direct-to-acetate at Jack White’s Third Man Studios. Set for January 17th in the studios’ Blue Room, the concert event will also feature performances from Nashville’s own The Coupler and The Rap Castle. In an accompanying press release, TMR said Lese Majesty was “easily the most oft-spun record on the Third Man office turntable in the second half of 2014,” before adding that the duo “emanates from a fully formed higher conscious, and they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hip-hop global soundscape.” Head here for tickets and additional info.

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