Get Lost In Another Dimension With Thundercat’s Animated “Song For The Dead”

Bass player and singer Thundercat never disappoints as he releases an intergalactic visual for his lead single, “Song for the Dead,” stemming from his latest mini-LP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.

We have listened to him create wondrous bass lines over Flying Lotus’ tracks, along with a slew of others, but now we have Thundercat’s own outer space, jazz-infused record to take in. The Ryan McShane-directed video for “Song for the Dead” sends us straight into an alter dimension with a ton of creative shapes and color, NASA background footage and an animated Thundercat fretting away at his bass guitar.

“I wanted to animate this few seconds of a transformation as the sound spins around in stereo,” director McShane tells The Creatives Project. “But I had a few days free, so I decided to block out a full video. Super rough, black-and-white, with NASA footage backgrounds—I had a bunch on hand that I found whilst researching for Breeder’s The Expanse titles—and then I just sent it to Thundercat.”

While the director usually utilizes a black and white theme in most of his animations, Ryan McShane shares what inspired him to add color to this particular animation:

“Naturally, the way I work, I made it even harder for myself, adding colors and extra seconds. Shout out to Breeder co-worker Alex Gee for suggesting I add color.”

McShane doesn’t do away with his particular style of animation completely as he opens up the video with a character in black and white. However, the explosion of color that follows matches the song entirely as the visual transitions to that “Song for the Dead.” Get into this psychedelic gem above.

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