New Video: The Surreal and Whimsical Visuals for American Monoxide’s “Hot Lava Express”

Dmitri Manos is a Tucson, AZ-based multi-instrumentalist, electronic music artist and producer, whose solo recording project American Monoxide has quietly built a profile for specializing in analog electronic instrumentals that manage to be somewhat abrasive, trashy and funky as hell, as  you’ll hear on “Hot Lava Express,” the first single off his  sophomore full-length effort Web Content. Interestingly, the producer and multi-instrumentalist pairs industrial clang and clatter,  boom-bap beats, tumbling electronic bloops, beeps and bleeps, scorching synth and Nile Rodgers-inspired funk guitar chords to craft a song that’s offbeat, funky and sounds as though it were indebted to the work of Tobacco and others.

Now, with my review of the single a little while ago, you’d likely know that multiple labels are involved in the album’s release — which is coincidentally, today — and it’s arguably the most complex release I’ve come across: the vinyl version of the album will be released through People In A Position To Know Recordings (PIAPTK)Solid Gold RecordsAlmost Halloween Time RecordsWooden Tooth Records, Shot By A Fan Records, Hocus Bogus Records, Lazy Boy Recording Company and Baby Gas Mask Records. All the labels pitched in on the cost of manufacturing with each label creating different packaging for their particular release — some labels plan on doing variations of the album cover art, while others are including bonus material such as special release cassettes, lathe cut albums, zines and posters, etc. The cassette will be released through PIAPTK and Wooden Tooth Records while the electronic version will be self-released.

Directed by Caleb Gutierrez, the recently released video features a dream-like sequence that seems influenced by the visuals in Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time” and “Digging in the Dirt” videos as the sequence employs the use of stop-action animation until the video’s protagonist wakes up and sees his friends hanging out at a barbecue in his backyard. It’s a whimsical and playful video that belies the song’s abrasive nature.