I just completed work on a fun project with Oahu musician Philip Strauss, who asked me to provide a series of illustrations that could be used to create a still-image music video for his new song "Daylight." Philip had been working on the song during the turbulent election season and I created the six images used in the video in a three-week flurry, while simultaneously watching the baseball postseason, in my home studio, finishing just last week.
The reason for the tight deadline was that the song, while broad in scope and message, has a couple nice, topical tie-ins to politics and the election, as well as societal issues like the BLM movement, the war on drugs, poverty, the environment, racism and other forms of inequality, the prison-industrial complex, career and income uncertainty, political discord and the threat of a madman at the helm with only a neoliberal hawk as our alternative (admittedly, a highly qualified, extremely intelligent, neoliberal hawk).
It speaks of a world where the very daylight itself is slowly killing us as we continue to destroy our ozone layer. Where corporate capitalism is driving the planet and most of its people toward oblivion so that a few fat cats and their political cronies can line their pockets and enjoy cheap thrills until we all burn to a cinder. The song is a kind of lament for the people who have been failed by our current societal system; who have been failed by the "American Dream" itself. My illustrations are aesthetically low-brow, but representative of what we in the biz call "seriously heavy shit," and are meant to reflect that. Take a listen to the song below and check out all six images in the Artwork gallery to the left.