We are very pleased to bring you an exclusive look at the new video for the track ‘Wonky’ from London’s psychedelic pop artists Black Market Karma, featuring Craig Dyer of iconic psychedelic rock duo The Underground Youth.
‘Wonky’ is a glorious scuzzy shoegaze blast that fuses a Jesus and Mary Chain insolence with a Velvet Underground drone, all wrapped up in a sixties sparkle. It swaggers, it prowls, it scowls with a black leather-jacketed sneer and yet scales immeasurable pop heights with a fuzzy bravado. Released through Flower Power Records, the track comes off Black Market Karma’s recent eleventh album, ‘Friends in Noise’ and is an absolute cathartic rocket-fueled blast of goodness.
Black Market Karama is essentially the work of Stanley Belton, and Dyer says of the collaboration:
In the hazy days during which I started my project, many years ago now, before live shows and a global following, I found like minded individuals and bands in a small online community. One of those individuals was Stan and his band, Black Market Karma. Fast forward to a different time, years have passed and the both of us are still creating music under our long since chosen monikers. In a perfect celebration of that, Stan approaches me with his idea to collaborate on a song. I dig into the vaults of myself to produce something reminiscent of the period in which our bands began and the music that inspired those beginnings. The result was ‘Wonky’, a perfect blend of 50% Black Market Karma and 50% The Underground Youth.
Craig and I became pals during the nascent days of our bands. I remember that the kind of music we loved and wanted to make felt somewhat dead at the time, so it was special to come across groups like TUY and connect in that way. He’s a good dude and a wicked lyricist. We’ve both been at it for over a decade since those early beginnings and it’s real nice to have this collaboration out together. It really is a perfect blend of both our groups. I dunno why we didn’t do it sooner.
The video captures the insouciance and louche delivery of the track, with shots of live performances filtered through a psychedelic haze and the enigmatic presence of Belton. A chemically-induced fugue permeates the shots – pastoral scenes mixed with heady live gigs and blurred nighttime landscapes, taking us on a hedonistic journey:
‘Friends In Noise’ is out now and available to download and stream through all the usual sites and through the link below. It’s a brilliant album filled with a buzzsaw fuzz and swagger replete with mountain scaling pop.
Feature Photograph: Ruari Meehan