American Pancake Reviews "Snakes"

“Within the psyche pop high the song falls away into an almost R & B dance party mixed with tropical punk sounds. It is full of imagery while that rhythm guitar pushes you into unknown delights around every corner all the while Vane's funky pop vocal performance makes you smile.”

Snakes Music Video to Release May 3rd


Atlanta-based indie/psych/pop/experimental artist Lazuli Vane, known for fronting and producing viral band Trash Panda, is releasing the music video for his debut single, “Snakes.” It features rich symbolism and bright colors with a fun quasi-horror-psychedelic-cult-film feel, and is releasing on VEVO May 3rd.

The video, directed by Lazuli with director of photography David Thompson (known by the handle @impossiblesoul), focuses on personal transformation. In a pink tile bathroom we see the artist in a bout of psychosis, drawing eyes on his face with eyeliner and applying makeup and lipstick. Live pythons drape over light fixtures and Lazuli's body. We see shots of his face, now green and mustached, floating at the center of a jerkily spinning pink and yellow painted mandala made of snakes and cartoonish, almost paleolithic eyes. Rife with symbolism and intention, the video’s climax occurs as Vane goes catatonic in a black-water bathtub, pythons slithering around his legs. Taking cues from cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jungian psychology, It’s conclusion and surprise ending features Vane in deep meditation atop a bare mountain, with wind sounds and a poetic voice over. The video concludes with the seemingly absurd line “for now we swim like birds, but soon we will both be fish,” referring to a psychological return to the depths of the unconscious. The video is slated to be released at the beginning of May.

About the video, Lazuli Vane said, “Making this video was an affair of shadow work for me. I was confronting a lot of my unconscious drives and some of the personality traits which have bitten me on the heel, so to speak. It was also a chance for me to give vent to some of the personal pain I'd felt in recent years as a result of trusting some of the wrong people. Overall though, I still wanted it to be fun. It's lighthearted at the core; it's not a self-serious, sanctimonious, self-righteous thing I'm going for...I'm really just trying to tell a redemptive, transformative story. The past year has been a time of huge personal transformation for me.”

Lazuli Vane is a moniker adopted by Trash Panda creator, producer, and front man Patrick Taylor in 2018. Vane fuses aspects of classic pop, lo-fi indie, and psychedelia together in his bedroom studio, producing a sound which is infectious and somewhat experimental, though rooted in pop form. His debut single takes a stab at untrustworthy relations and explores the seasons of life when things just aren’t lining up right. When life feels like a strange dream or a nightmare. It celebrates the process of restarting when you need an overhaul. Featuring Max Hewett on bass and Paul Wagner on drums, it was recorded partly at Aaron and Nancy Hill’s Green House Atlanta and partly at Lazuli Vane’s home studio. The single’s cover art was created by Daniel Plascencia. The song was released in October of 2018 and has since grown in popularity on Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist as well as over a thousand independently curated playlists.

How did it come to this?

While studying in Boston, I had a near death experience which resulted from an arduous brain infection, and recovered after an emergency surgery. I was unconscious for three days while healing.

This set me on an inquisitive, sense-making path into life and the nature of reality, and made me insatiable for experiences which could shed light on existence. The journey led me through many religions, meditative practices, through books, through conversations with fascinating people, through certain physical and mental austerities, through the use of psychedelic compounds, through the artistic process, through the exploration of the foundations of human language, through an attempt to understand the ancient history of our species, through a fascination with physical laws and especially quantum phenomena, through a huge steaming heap of solitude, and through interpersonal experiments of one kind or another.