Julien Chang Unveils New Song ‘Snakebit’

    Julien Chang has shared another preview of his upcoming record The Sale. ‘Snakebit’ follows the previously released songs ‘Marmalade’ and ‘Time & Place’. Check out its accompanying visual, animated by Vaughn Taormina, below.

    “‘Snakebit’ emerged during a period of transformation,” Chang said in a press release. “This was around the time I left Baltimore for University in the middle of New Jersey. The awkwardness of the transition and the discomfort of ‘growing pains’ provoked in me a kind of creative agitation which found its outlet most decisively in this song. But the song is not only about changing. It is also about encountering change: in a reflective turn, encountering myself who is changing and then interrogating him, testing the limits of the ‘new me’ before finding that I am really not so different.”

    Of the video, Chang commented: “The song takes the form of a self-interrogation. I have changed, but how? and when? Why? This video simulates the fragmented, unfocused, and self-contradictory search for clues that one falls into trying to answer. Taken as a whole, the animations all seem to go together on a single string, but examined individually, it is clear that what binds them is not any logical order. In this sense, the video has the structure of a dream. While dreaming, a rapid sequence of freely-associated images and events seems to make perfect sense. It is only upon sober reflection the following morning that these images and events become absurd, random, and nonsensical.”

    The Sale arrives November 4 via Transgressive.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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