by Jeanette Arsenault
What did I just listen to? I have no idea what that was as I watched Jeremy Tuplin’s song *Space Magic* on YouTube.
My first thought is, well, the song definitely has a psychedelic ‘60s retro feel. Kind of spaced out and grooving on a laid-back vibe.
The video seems to showcase the colours of a lava lamp with those particular shades of lime greens, purply reds, mango yellows. So that’s still working with the ’60s feel.
But it’s not quite the true ’60s psychedelic because it has a twist.
The first time you watch it you are just kind of watching it all unfold and listening to the hypnotic soundtrack lulling you into some kind of dreamland. Vocals are strong, confident and suit the music.
I didn’t even pay attention to the lyrics the first few times through – though I know I did hear the word unicorn flash by at the beginning. I was busy watching the colours unfold juxtaposed against a guy brushing his teeth, watching a pot boil & watching him watch a TV that doesn’t work.
That’s the twist – none of the ‘60s songs/videos that I have ever seen show a guy just doing ordinary stuff at home – closing the blinds, playing solitary, then you hear him singing about a rocket ship and then it shows him eating a banana with sunglasses on in the house.
Suddenly, it finally has that ’60s psychedelic feel! A Jimmy Hendrix-ish guitar starts wailing away while he stares spaced out at a wall with the words “Space Magic” moving on the screen. Far out man…but that would be the only moment.
The soundtrack is well produced, the voice blends in perfectly with the style of the song and by the end of the video it doesn’t really matter whatever “that” was. Or finding ways to describe the song, the genre. It’s different, it’s interesting and it’s definitely a trip.
What I didn’t expect were the touches of humour – Tuplin in red shorts standing on a picnic table outside to get a photo, then we see him on a chair flipping through book after book, next in a tiny galley kitchen with a tiny keyboard. What’s that all about? Who cares! It’s quirky, it’s got style, and personality. I liked it. I think this is a song you need to view on YouTube to get the full effect.