VIDEO PREMIERE: LEALANI “FLOATING”
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Pomona producer and multi-instrumentalist Lealani‘s new “Floating” connects Broadcast’s deadpan psychedelia to Low End Theory’s pixelated instrumentals for a song that sounds like a message beaming in from a celestial intelligence—distant, extraterrestrial and highly advanced. That’s certainly on purpose: her new Fantastic Planet album is named after Lealani’s radio show on KSPC, which she’d intro with, “Welcome earthlings, my earthlings, my aliens, you have just landed on Fantastic Planet!” (And Fantastic Planet is also a movie everybody should see and hear, too.) The video by Casse Alaniz captures a perfect mix of the joyful—floating balloons!—and the surreal—floating doll parts!—with a color palette from a place where the primary colors are a Seussian pink, green and orange. As Lealani explains, she wanted to make sure this song wasn’t subject to Earth’s gravity:
“I think a lot about our place on this planet. To me, we’re all ‘floating’ endlessly in this infinite space without limitations. When you’re floating, you’re free. When you’re free, you can be whoever you’re meant to be. Here we go, we are floating.”
Now 19, she began writing and recording some of the songs for Fantastic Planet as early as 12, encouraged by her father’s history as a hip-hop DJ and a family record collection full of the good stuff. The album is out now on cassette and digital from L.A.’s Dome of Doom, and you can get it here!