How Will You ‘React’ to Crown Larks’ Freak-Friendly Avant-Jazz?
In the music video for “React,” Chicago’s psychedelic avant-jazz darlings Crown Larks explode dreams, the natural world and confinement, curating their visual environment by relevance. The visible component is as hallucinatory and surreal as the guiding ditty. “React” as song features the best in both pop and experimental composition. It’s both catchy and cacophonous, aligning nicely with the music video. In the visual accompaniment, Jack Bouboushian and Lorraine Bailey somnambulate through forest, playground and more civilized areas, adorned in animal-inspired attire and accessories. Themes of tension, confusion and escape abound, as do deeply interpretive archetypal ideas — an imprisonment, an end, a renewal and, of course, the source from which all journeys come — a long walk.
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