>> You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Mojave Nomads are. Outside of their native Utah, they’re a bit hard to find. But if you haven’t seen their new music video, “Creature Double Feature”, you’re missing out.
“Creature Double Feature” was originally released in 2016, but it’s been fully re-recorded for this video. The song itself didn’t change much, but the recording style shows how far Mojave Nomads have come. Two years ago, their sound was still a bit up in the air, and the recording shows that. By now, though, they’ve got their shit together.
For the past few years, there’s been an interesting trend in indie music. Tune in to any alternative radio station, and you’ll hear song after song with a heavy 1980s influence. With “Creature Double Feature”, it seems like Mojave Nomads have gotten bored of hearing that 80s sound. Instead, they’re going further back for their inspiration: the 1970s. With psych-rock guitar, simple synth, and vocals with heavy falsetto, Mojave Nomads have taken the best genres of the late 70s and wrapped them all into one song.
The high point of the Mojave Nomads sound isn’t even their unique influences. Instead, it’s the fact that they never settle for what’s easy. Listen through “Creature Double Feature” and focus on any one instrument. Any chance they get to cut loose, they do. Sure, the guitar could do some simple chords, but arpeggios are more interesting. The bass could easily just play a simple rhythm, but instead opts for Flea-style riffs. Mojave Nomads don’t want to be bored playing their music, and they end up with a sound that’s never boring to hear.
The music video for “Creature Double Feature” is a love letter to classic horror. Nearly every trope of the genre is referenced at some point, from the characters to the cinematography. It’s beautifully composed, with absolutely perfect lighting and camera work. The tight crops, the dramatic zooms, everything you want from horror is represented here. It also features the most graceful exit from the back seat of a Mini Cooper ever caught on film.
Where the video falls a bit short is the plot. It’s a weird thing to count against a music video, but “Creature Double Feature” is set up so cinematically that you really expect a cohesive story. There’s definitely something there, some kind of thread linking all the scenes, but it took more views than it probably should’ve to really clearly define what was happening.
“Creature Double Feature” is the first track off Mojave Nomads’ upcoming EP, “Phases”. With only one song released so far, it’s hard to get a sense of what the full EP will sound like. “Creature Double Feature” may be a lone standout track, the odd one out in turns of quality. If it isn’t, though, we’re all in for a treat.
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