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Premiere: Leapling’s Music Video For ‘Crooked’ Is Like Puppet Inception

Premiere: Leapling’s Music Video For ‘Crooked’ Is Like Puppet Inception

Leapling is an art rock band from Brooklyn whose music feels like a mobile hanging from a ceiling, distant parts twirling, humming, whirring, and comprising the greater structure. That is why it’s so hard to adequately characterize their sound without using many hyphens and disparate genres: jazzy-minimal-psych-krautrock? See? that looks super weird but should make some modicum of sense after you listen to their debut LP, Vacant Pages.

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Their brand-new music video for “Crooked”, prominently features lead singer Dan Arnes stuck in a world where puppet shows are reflexive and prophetic. Working with mesmerizing, contained guitar hooks (that sort of remind me of the psych hook on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “FFunny FFriends”), the band submerges you into a laughable world where there is no escaping the fate that little voodoo versions of yourself dictate. After watching himself get accosted by a drunk homeless guy and then by a dumpster king in a puppet show, Arnes flees the theater only to repeat the same events in real life. It’s spooky, uncanny, and definitely ridiculous. The perfect cocktail of surreal madness for such a bizarrely unique group.

Leapling are currently tour, so be sure to catch them if you have the chance!

03/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch

03/10 – Baltimore, MD @ The Crown

03/11 – Washington D.C. @ MILHOUS

03/12 – Richmond, VA

03/13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight

03/14 – Atlanta, GA

03/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

03/17 – Houston, TX @ The Summit House

03/19 – Austin, TX – EIS Showcase @ Todd’s Mansion

03/20 – Austin, TX – EIS Showcase @ Hole in the Wall

03/21 – Austin, TX – Inflated Showcase @ The Liberty

03/23 – Bloomington, IN @ The Big House

03/24 – Chicago, IL @ Friendzone

03/25 – Detroit, MI

03/26 – Pittsburgh,PA @ Bates Hardcore Gym

03/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

 

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