Alabaster DePlume continues to show that he’s one of the most unique voices in modern jazz today with his subtly campy video for “I’m Good at Not Crying,” from his upcoming album, Gold, which drops April 1 on International Anthem.
While resting on a tiny scrap of land surrounded by water and ancient ruins under an ever-setting sun, DePlume is dressed in drag and flanked by a large Union Jack-adorned shield, awestruck breaded men that sing with female voices and a skinny stuffed lion. As the waves of mystical saxophone and chorus singers swell and coast behind him, DePlume constantly talk-sings about just how good he is at withholding his emotions.
The video (co-created by Jordan Copeland and Tentacle Films) is like a Monty Python-esque statement on the traditional English belief of being reserved and complacent that Britain will always remain great (the sun will never set on the British empire!), despite a lack of any sort of societal change. With his nearly monotone deadpan delivery, DePlume shows just how ridiculous this blind faith and prideful detachment really are. Check it out below:
Musically, the song is a moving number with dreamy slide guitar, strings and whistling. These embellishments offset the tune’s sarcastic lyrics, making it a very listenable and pleasing track (which can be sometimes a rarity with social commentary songs).
If you liked the sound of this track, be sure to also check out the funky “Visitors XT8B – Oak,” which also came out today.
Also be sure to preorder Gold ahead of its 4/1 drop date right here.