they are gutting a body of water (tagabow) began as the solo project of Jouska’s Doug Dulgarian, but has since morphed into a full band of rotating Philadelphia musicians. On the project’s latest collection, gestures been, Dulgarian’s lo-fi deconstructions have been given noisy counterpoints, fizzy afterburn, and above all, a startling, homebrewed visual component. (All of the outfit’s music videos will be compiled on VHS at a later date, further underscoring a love for the weird and unusual.) Enter the Mitchell Todorov-directed video for “houseplant/wonserful1” and tagabow’s left-of-center vision comes rattling into focus.
“houseplant” and “wonserful1” are two sides of Dulgarian’s upgraded palate, first slicing open a heady noise-pop wound on the former and patching it up with distorted, bedside existentialism. Both soundtrack the journey of Bodega P.A.P.I., a character that might be the anime cousin to Under the Western Freeway‘s papier-mache head. The jarring nature of these two songs gets a more contemplative pause here via intertitles and editing flourishes, but P.A.P.I.’s silent journey is given more gravity by tagabow’s sonic boom. Watch below.