VIDEO PREMIERE: TOLLIVER “TWISTED”
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Never-predictable L.A. musician (as well as L.A. RECORD contributor) Tolliver has a special appearance at School Night tonight and a surprise new video to go with it. “Twisted” is the closing track from last year’s Rites EP on the Swedish ICEA label, available here. It’s unflinching personal relevation set to a crystalline R&B track—the kind of sound 1984 hoped we’d actually have by 2020—and it’s matched to a homage/re-enactment video that includes some winning personal touches and the heroic obliteration of a couple clocks and a giant bowl of flour. Says Tolliver:
‘The concept is taken entirely from gay icon Juan Gabriel’s video for ‘Querida.’ I made it ME by adding gonzo visual things like me huffing flour and destroying clocks, which are super-literal references to me doing coke and wasting my time. Felt right since ‘Twisted’ is roughly about both those things.
It’s directed by Amanda Kramer and Noel David Taylor, a team who made the best feature film I saw last year. [Was that Ladyworld?—ed.] They’re also the fastest shooters I’ve ever worked with, this was all done in two hours. Thank you Ramiro Zapata [who makes up Moisture BOYS with Tolliver—ed.] for bringing Juan Gabriel into my life.”