VIDEO PREMIERE: NIKOLAS ESCUDERO “IS IT TOO PLAIN TO ASK?”
L.A.’s Nikolas Escudero makes songs with a little of Elliott Smith’s less-is-so-much-more delivery and a little of the Go-Betweens’ or the Triffids’ slo-mo emotion—Australia has suburbs, surf and sand, just like California—and his understated surf-guitar touches suggest the big waves sliding in from the horizon more than the crash and dissolution of the breakers on the beach. His new “Is It Too Plain To Ask?” is a gentle and introspective song, and filmmaker/photographer Tony Accosta catches that soul-surfer feel nicely with soft super-8 footage that intercuts everykid day-in-the-life routine with flashes of piercingly succinct imagery—gotta love that tumbleweed on the beach! Says Accosta:
“As short as our lives really are, days feel sluggish at times. The Los Angeles dog days of summer creep in and make you feel like burying yourself neck deep in the sand, but what’s really more important? Wasting time isn’t time wasted if it’s time we’ll spent.”
Escudero’s From A Car In Los Angeles (likely specifically a Volvo, not a Buick 6) is out now on Citrus City, and was made with help from Justus Proffit and Noelle Proffit—and Escudero opens for Justus Proffit and Jay Som on Sat., Dec. 1, at the Moroccan Lounge. Get tickets here!