As you probably know, The Brvtalist loves projects that don't quite fit into a single category or even better, manage to exist in different mediums at the same time. This is what drew us to Black Plastic, the latest musical project by New York City-based artist Kevin Grady. Out now on the mighty Cleopatra Records, Black Plastic is a thought provoking work. It is a debut album of dance floor ready post-punk and dark wave, but it's also an art directed music and visual piece that the artist himself proclaims is not real (hence the title "Black Plastic").
Today we are excited to bring you a video stream of the album in its entirety. Visual accompaniment is by David Strindberg, a Swedish director known for his work with brands like H&M and Adidas and musicians like Madonna. This is roughly 35 minutes of titillating sensory onslaught. For fans who love dark genres of the 1980's, updated for 2016 with top notch production work by André Obin. The release is at once straight ahead synth-driven dance jams, while also existing as a layered statement shrouded in mystery and enigma.
Kevin Grady is perhaps best known for creating the award-winning, cult magazine, Lemon. Lavishly produced and designed, the magazine has hosted a wide range of impressive contributors, including David Bowie, Daft Punk, Jeff Koons, Sonic Youth and many others. Grady brings his razor sharp prowess to the Black Plastic project. Shimmering like a finely tuned, polished new machine, Black Plastic fires on all cylinders right out of the gate. The tracks and visuals are seething with ritualistic imagery and primal desires. "Deutsch" is a great example of the album's ability to co-exist in both the music and art world, while still maintaining an accessible point of entry for music fans of all kinds.
Black Plastic is available now for purchasing on digital format and a very nice limited edition CD package. The artist will kick off live shows at Boston's Great Scott on April 25, and will play showcases in NY and LA later this spring and early summer. For more information please visit the official site and Facebook. We look forward to more from this great project.