By Elise Barbin
Indoor Creature’s video for “Dreams of Whatever” came about as the band’s last minute collaboration before their friend and director Samuel Vanicek left town. The jazz-pop diddy laments the difficult logistics of dreaming, particularly upon realizing one’s goals aren’t realistic. Taking off into the space between the song lyrics, Vanicek’s video reaches into the band’s inner psyche by exploring the layers of their dreams both realized and failed.
Singer and key player Caleb Fleischer opens the video with his own meta invocation of the muse: ripping a saxophone solo and suggesting the band make a video for their latest single. The video pushes further into surrealist territory as it evolves into a three minute long dream sequence laden with negative images and overlaid shots. Each band member represents his own dream, in broad archetypal imagery. From my humble interpretation, the video glimpses the lives of a cosmic cowboy, a greaseball auto mechanic, a biker inspired by both Thrasher and Guy Fieri, and a jeopardy contestant on the edge of success.
“Dreams or Whatever” is the first release from Indoor Creature in anticipation of a new album “sometime in 2018.” Listen to the track on Spotify and catch the band around Austin on Feb. 15 and 16 at Sidewinder and the Hard Luck Lounge, respectively.