While visual albums are becoming increasingly less uncommon, they’re still rare enough to feel special. Now, artists are capable of expressing creativity in a variety of different ways, and many young musicians have come-up with cameras in their hands at nearly all times. It’s no wonder that Asian hip-hop collective 88Rising have come forth with Head In The Clouds: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a visual short film to accompany their recent compilation album.
Featuring music from the project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens with forest imagery evocative of the Shakespeare play that shares its name. With visually striking cinematography, three costumed dancers break it down to “Disrespectin,” before segueing into a complete tonal shift; get used to it, for such transitions are the norm in 88Rising’s stunning cinematic journey.
Written and directed by Christine Yuan, and featuring appearances from Higher Brothers, Joji, Josephine Lee, and Willy Choi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a testament to the 88Rising movement. Peep the short film below, and sound off – are ya’ll feeling the vibe?