Fried Monk | photo courtesy of the artist
Fried Monk dances through Penn Park in new “Please Go” video
Germantown hip-hop producer and Drexel grad Lucas Kozinski, better known as Fried Monk, is back with Hurry Up and Wait, a new EP featuring his signature brand of psychedelic, jazz-infused beats. To support the album, he also released a music video for the second single, “Please Go,” filmed around the corner from XPN itself.
Directed by Bob Sweeney, the video is shot in West Philly, depicting a man dancing with an umbrella, first in Penn Park and then in the reflection of the FMC Tower. The ways in which the camera zooms in from afar give the video a voyeuristic feel, while the bluish tint of overcast weather conditions is juxtaposed with the jauntiness of the man’s dancing, as well as the uptempo music, creating a dissonance between atmosphere and content.
The instrumental track is always interesting, beginning with distorted, metronomic beats before the high-pitched melody line enters. The closer one listens, the more elements they discover, as drum beats and guitars and synthesizers that grow more urgent as the song swells before suddenly dropping off, leaving a few bars of exposed melody and finally dropping into static.
Hurry Up and Wait is available for purchase here. Watch the video for “Please Go” below.