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Premiere: “See Thru Me” by Cock & Swan

This is what Seattle synergy looks like.

Kate Wallich’s Splurge Land premiered at On the Boards last spring, the dancer/choreographer’s dynamic multimedia examination of the habits and excesses of the “post-Internet” generation. Among her many collaborators on the show was Johnny Goss, the multi-instrumentalist half of electro-noir duo Cock & Swan and producer of records by Seattle favorirtes La Luz and Lonesome Shack. Goss composed and produced the show’s eerie electronic score, the finale of which was the pop-leaning “See Thru Me,” which features his musical partner Ola Hungerford on vocals. In the vein of all of Cock & Swan’s music, the song is a slow burner with mood to spare.

Today, as Wallich launches a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of getting her and her dance troupe the YC to the renowned Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in Becket, Mass. later this summer, we’re thrilled to premiere the video for “See Thru Me.” Featuring Wallich and her co-director at the YC, Lavinia Vago, and directed by Justin Henning, “See Thru Me” is basically ripped from the pages of Splurge Land. Wallich and Vago dance through a series of twilit urban landscapes—a parking garage, a house party, a sunset rooftop, a midnight highway—bending and turning and owning space as if there’s nobody else in the world. The video exudes detached sensuality, simultaneously voyeuristic and intimate, demure and dangerous. Cock & Swan provide the rising pulse and the sinuous melody—and the epic, sonic explosion that closes the piece. It’s quite a ride. 

 

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