The song and the whole album seem to breath a very dark energy—a tone that suggests urban night and all the mysteries and lost details therein. And if the album is like a city, then the video is an ode to its inhabitants: characters who are lost and unseen as we walk busy streets, who exist in every urban center in the shadows and the dark corners, aware of us even as we pay them no mind. It was fitting that in making of the video we brushed shoulders with these New York ghosts, all residents of an otherwise Bloomberg’d Manhattan: from the owner of one public housing apartment, a completely vacant squatter’s lair with a perfect view of the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building, yet bare of furniture and littered with trash, clothes, and peeling wallpaper; to the residents of an illegal Chinatown hotel, buried behind a gratified travel agent, who denied us permission to film behind darting eyes, stained teeth, and under flickering fluorescence.
—Director Daniel Kaufman
We shot this on a tour across the country with our friend Omar (aka Emerald Gold). The majority of these shots were filmed on the Gulf Shores in Alabama, inter-spliced with passing towns and landscapes. Our friend Mica has a beautiful house out there on the water. We had no concept of what we were going to shoot until the day before. We went into a thrift store in Mobile, AL and found this old chair. We then decided to rig the chair inside a vehicle and drive around Alabama capturing the open road and rich soil. Later we decided the end needed to pop so we picked up about two hundred dollars worth of fireworks and strapped them to the chair and laid them on the road below. During the 4 days it took to make this video. We all had what we later agreed as one of the best times of our lives. Our whole bodies hurt with laughter. We felt free and somewhat like children again. We hope you enjoy the ride as much we did.
"I was raised in a family of nine, the last born to Don Virgilio Quiroga Garza. My path was picked for me and I fell in line at an early age. I am proud of my path; I love its simplicity, complexity, and its unwavering structure.
I love Nathan's artistic genius. To me he was born with both eyes open; he has the shine. I love his style, grace, and true sight; he sees it as it is. I am so impressed and love him so. I must note the make-up is remarkable. It made me look old, weathered, and dying-far from the gleaming icon of an older man’s GQ.
I did this video with Nathan because I was scared. I didn't want that fear to be all that was left of me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Fathers, I ask you to show up when asked by your offspring. Come as you are, stay while you can, and learn how you are seen by them. Thanks to all of you. To critical individuals, I remind you the hole is pre-dug."
Filmed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the cinematic clip offers a peek inside the mind of a Vietnam-era soldier watching a USO Show unfold. Crazed by the mix of violence, LSD tabs, and Marilyn Monroe look-alikes shaking their hips, the protagonist resembles a long-lost Quentin Tarantino character, a panicked fringe-dweller lucky enough to have found the perfect psych-surf soundtrack for his downward spiral.
Happiness, the second in a series of releases from Seattle’s Iska Dhaaf, reveals another layer of the band’s compositional and lyrical depth. Rich with existentialist thought, the songs are searching and honest.