IMAGE COURTESY OF JESPER NORGAARD
Fitting with the lap steel licks and country undercurrent of the latest from our pals El Sportivo & the Blooz, the cinematic interpretation of “Waking World” is a four-minute modern Western that takes on a magically surreal twist at the end.
Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Isaac Rivashanka (who doubles as the bullet-riddled man in the video), “Waking World”—a single off of El Sportivo & the Blooz’s forthcoming Nights and Weekends, which comes out next month on White Iris—starts with a bloodied man coming to in a field of cacti. He stumbles through a small town in Mexico, passing a toddler who’s playing with a rifle in a window as though it’s a stick she found in the street, and as he passes a white stucco wall, he grips it, only to smear his scarlet handprints all over the side of the building. He makes his way to a motel bed and starts plucking bullets from his flesh with a pair of pliers, and the final frame we’re presented with (no, we’re not going to spoil it for you) is a scene that wouldn’t be out of place in the weirdest, most oddly memorizing pages of a Gabriel García Márquez or Isabel Allende novel.
EL SPORTIVO & THE BLOOZ’S NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS IS OUT FEBRUARY 26. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, VISIT ITS WEBSITE.