In director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes’s gorgeously photographed video for Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up track “Are You… Can You… Were You? (Felt),” a beautiful girl rides her bike through a park, argues with her mom, and narrowly avoids a collision with Ishmael Butler’s Beamer. (Looks like he invested those “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” royalties wisely.) That’s not a whole lot of plot, but as with most things Shabazz Palaces do, the whole thing finds ways to layer all sorts of meanings on top of each other, and it adds up as a uniquely powerful piece of work. Watch it below.
Black Up is out now on Sub Pop.