Track Review: Half Smoke // Walrus

A contender for best music video of the year? Ermis Madikopoulos certainly thinks so

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Walrus is a psychedelic band from Canada. They’ve gained a reputation for being incredibly hardworking, and recently released a new single, ‘Half Smoke’.

The track itself is seeped in psychedelia, from its swirly Tame Impala-influenced guitars right down to the calming vocals. It’s a perfect song to relax to, however, the video is anything but. Directed by Canadian musician Chad VanGaalen, it began as a video about a band touring but started to morph into something else entirely. It contains a lot of abstract colourful images in a planet inhabited by jellyfish-like insects. It is one of the best videos of the year and complements the colourful backdrop of the music.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

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