Record producer, songwriter, and disc jockey Gesaffelstein premiered the visual for his recently released single “Blast Off” after his Coachella set on yesterday (April 14). The dystopian futuristic sounding tune features Pharrell who is the star of the accompanying visual that matches the song’s intensity. It’s not quite Blade Runner, iRobot, or TRON, but it’s still an unsettling look at a dark future. Beware the man on the piano. Beware the eyes behind the sunshades.
The video for “Blast Off” is every bit as sharp and futuristic as the song already is. Someone, presumably Gesaffelstein, stands in the background, almost out of frame, playing a keyboard that looks like a high-end auctionable item from The Jetsons. Hands, legs, and entire people made of neon colored dots move quickly and unhumanly like androids at 1.5x speed. We, as viewers, keep seeing what looks a circuit board or symbol network that changes colors at it expands. Whatever kind of dark world this is, Pharrell acts as the normalcy beacon that keeps us grounded. Well…initially. He’s dancing around in futuristic glasses for the first verse but by the second the glasses are removed, revealing his eyes to be burning pools of sunlight. If you stare directly into them, you’ll be in danger of going blind.
Take a look at the robotic video up above.