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Video: Meridian x 'The Gods Must Be Crazy'

Brooklyn-based indie band Meridian drops the video for their newest single "Truth" featuring clips from 1980s film "The Gods Must Be Crazy"


Brooklyn-based indie band Meridian dropped the visuals for their newest single "Truth," and it's the type of video we can't choose to ignore (nor would we want to). Featuring clips from 1980 South African flick The Gods Must Be Crazy' the tongue-in-cheek video references the all-too-familiar images of "primitive" Africanness as visualized in pop culture, but doesn't necessarily answer any of the questions it raises. Images aside, the song's synth-heavy experimental sound brings us back to the 80s without sounding tired, and is an interesting contrast to the dusty, in-the-bush, savanna locale of the video - making "Truth" both a graphically and aurally clever mash-up. Whether or not Meridian is trying to subvert these images by messing with them or simply poking fun is up to you to judge, but we like art that makes us think a little. Check the video below and decide for yourself.

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