Jonathan Wilson has released a wild new music video for "Trafalgar Square," the opening track from his 2018 album Rare Birds. Watch and listen above on YouTube.
The fuzzed out tune is nothing short of a psychedelic masterpiece. Over the course of six-and-a-half-minutes, Wilson takes us on a hypnotic journey with steady grooves, ever-evolving riffs, and his distinctive voice dropping a wide range of references starting with London's Trafalgar Square, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band star Billy Shears (aka Ringo Starr), California's 405 highway, and Frank Zappa.
Things only get weirder from there, dropping the names of magician Houdini, actor Rudolph Valentino, country musician Little Jimmy Dickens (known for his humerous novelty songs), guitarist Stevie Jones (formerly of the Sex Pistols and current radio personality), and politician Nelson Rockefeller. Presumably "Benedict" is a reference to Benedict Arnold, one of the most well-known traitors in American history for conspiring with the British during the Revolutionary War. Wilson paints quite the picture with his music.
The accompanying video sees Wilson singing the song with an abundance of tripped out colorful visuals dancing across the screen. Wilson left a comment about the video on his Facebook page:
This visual feast was created by the mega-talented Kevin Andrews aka Andrewknives, who is an LA-based digital artist that I really admire. We had been using some of his stunning and completely trippy visuals in my live show, and I really wanted to work with him for a video. He agreed, and I figured "Trafalgar Square" would just about be the perfect marriage of the whimsical and surreal music landscape with his tripped to the max visual - the monolithic riff and that Red droptop in the desert. Hope you enjoy it.
Pick up Rare Birds on Amazon. It is also available on most streaming services.
Jonathan will head out on a European tour starting next month. For concert tickets and more, check out Jonathan Wilson's Zumic artist page.