Eric Krasno is rolling out Telescope, one of the most conceptual albums of his career. Watch the video for "Vacant" from the LP above.
Known for his work in bands such as Soulive, Lettuce, and his own trio, Eric is planning to release a record that will focus on "The story of a Brooklyn brownstone and the characters living within." This is the second single from the album, following a similar music video for "Leave a Little."
Eric talked about the influences behind the album in a statement shared by JamBase:
It’s a cross-section of the different worlds I’ve lived in—from producing hip-hop records for guys like 50 Cent to performing with The Grateful Dead... I always hoped to eventually combine everything. I also wanted to write from these different perspectives. This was the first time I could. I moved to Los Angeles at the end of making Telescope, but this is my ode to Brooklyn. Some of the songs are based on true experiences and real people. Others are embellished. There’s definitely some of me in the songs too.
Animated by Josh Clark Studios, the "Vacant" video shows the life of a musician over many years. The story has is a clear beginning, middle, and end following the man's life, although some of the scenes jump forward and backward in a non-linear order. The video does a skillful job matching Krazno's lyrics like, "I was a shelter / Your only salvation / Baby I'm vacant for you" and the female counter-point, "Oh, I save room for you." The song and video are both complicated and bittersweet, reflecting the trials and tribulations of real life.
Kraz has three September shows lined up in California and will join the roster for next year's Jam Cruise. For concert tickets and more, check out Eric Krasno's Zumic artist page.