Another envelope-pushing technical mind blower

As their 50th anniversary tour hits Australia and New Zealand, the extended Devo world unleashes yet more content into the world.

‘Lounge: Pay U Back‘ continues in the tradition of Devo’s EZ listening retreads of their own music. The laidback version of the livid ‘I’m Gonna Pay You Back‘ sees newly appointed Foo Fighters drummer Josh Freese shuffling with brushes on a snare drum and Oingo Boingo guitar player Steve Bartek gently strumming in a version which is possibly better than the original.

The new music video was not shot on film, and it’s not traditional video. Instead, Casale teamed up with 4D Fun Studios, using 4Dviews’ ‘proprietary volumetric capture system’, utilising 32 digital scanning cameras, instantaneously transforming reality into 360° virtual CG. If you have one of those headsets that allows you to drift around virtual environments in three-dimensional bliss, you can do just that. The rest of us have to make do with the 2-D version on YouTube.

Casale has always been pushing boundaries of what can be done with video, bending technology to his will to help shape and extend the Devo world, and like the plastic reality of the video for ‘The Invisible Man‘ last year, the compelling psychedelic weirdness only intensifies with time.

The track appears on the crystal-clear 12-inch vinyl reissue of ‘The Invisible Man‘, available now from Jerry’s website.

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