VIDEO PREMIERE: HOTT MT “ANGEL”
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Ashi and Spooky are HOTT MT, and their extraterrestrially engaging new video “Angel” was made by turning their DIY space Non Plus Ultra into a sort of a reincarnation/reinterpretation of the Unarius Academy of Science. Unarius is an organization that deserves (and often gets) dedicated coverage of its own. Some call it a UFO cult, and some call it a UFO religion—it’s been around since the 50s and it’s enjoyed bit of crossover into the world of punk rock, probably in part because of the Unarians’ extremely unrestrained sense of style and facility for public-access video. That’s the aesthetic that HOTT MT are exploring here—DIY high-tech as broadcast from another time, with a lot of sincerity and a little mystery. “Angel” is heartfelt homemade pop, with Close Encounters-style synth by a little robot named Tapey, and it’s also a plea for ascension—maybe literally, like in the white light that beams down from a UFO—that might be answered by the end of the video. Make of it what you will, but one of the last things you’ll see is the band waving goodbye. Says HOTT MT’s Ashi:
“We had a lot of good friends help us assemble and operate the spinning set, and Dave from Open the Portal operated the Tapey puppet. The set itself is an homage to Unarius’ Star Center. We originally wanted to shoot ‘Angel’ at the Unarius headquarters, but it didn’t work out, so we made a set based off of it. The prayer in the bridge is a wish to have no more problems, but the set and the song suggest that real wholeness comes from the unity of duality, not the separation. The pillars are three sided, with black and white faces, but the third face is a landscape, a combination of values. Spooky and I are two, but we use the same amp and that amp also supports Tapey, the third figure. The song is a longing of flesh for spirit, but the environment of the video suggests that the answer to the longing is in unity, not in discarding what you think is bad.”