‘This Momentary’ by Delphic

I just recently came across the music of Delphic, a UK dance/pop band who released their first album Acolyte last Tuesday. To generalize their sound they kind of feel like Cut Copy but with more harmonies and much more danceable. So far I’ve really been enjoying the album a lot, it’s really great to listen to when I need to get some energy while working.

The video above is for their song This Momentary and was directed by Dave Ma, who visited the area around Chernobyl, documenting the people who still live there. His focus was trying to capture little moments in the lives of the people who live there, not focusing on the negative health effects in any way. In an interview with Promo News, Dave says:

“A lot of people wrongly assume that the Chernobyl area is completely devoid of life or that it must be an atomic wasteland. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. The place is full of life, nature is flourishing and people still live and work around the power plant. There just happens to be a lot of radiation floating around…”

I think the video is absolutely stunning, filled with haunting images and perfectly desaturated colors. It’s still amazing to me that buildings have been abandoned like that. He does a great job of showing the beauty of a place that people can no longer inhabit. His style in this also kind of reminds me Martin de Thurah in ways, especially the tracking shot on the road. I also like how the video is cut to the beat in certain parts, it’s a nice touch.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 15, 2010 / By

Mathias Hahn







I’m really enjoying the colorful furniture designs of British designer Mathias Hahn. The table at top is titled E8 and was inspired by a cobbled together piece of furniture that ended up being used as a dinner table. It was created to be long and narrow so you could work at the table and then when it’s time to eat you merely make a space next to your computer and papers. Plus you can’t resist that splash of yellow that coats the bottom of the table, giving it an unexpected pop.

The chair below that is just called Wooden Chair and features slotted joints that you are clearly displayed in a bright blue color. This not only makes the chair sturdy but gives it a little excitement as well. I would definitely love to have a full set of chairs and the table in my future. There’s such great simplicity to these pieces but the details really make it something special.

Found through Dezeen

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 14, 2010 / By

Elizabeth McGrath




Elizabeth McGrath is a Los Angeles based artist who makes some really whacked out (but amazing) sculptures. Her work kind of reminds me of something Mark Ryden might sculpt, items of bright colors, a bit whimsy, but still dark and slightly morbid. My favorite of her pieces are the deer heads, which have elaborate sails intertwined between their horns. I can’t imagine how long it would take to complete pieces like these but I’m sure these weren’t easy to create. Sadly, she just finished up a show here in Los Angeles, I would have loved to see these in person.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 14, 2010 / By

Polaroid PIC 1000



Zombie photography brand Polaroid is slowly starting to claw it’s way out of the earth to roam the streets again, and the photos above show one of their first new releases. It’s called the PIC 1000 and is a refabbed version of the old Polaroid OneStep camera, coming in a slick wood grain pattern or a more traditional silver and black. It’ll take Polaroid 600 film, which I believe is now being produced by The Impossible Project, so you can shoot instant photos just like you used to.

I’m going to wait and save my money though for the Lady Gaga edition which will be covered in latex, metal spikes, leather buckles and a mysterious bulge that may or may not be a penis.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 14, 2010 / By

Snail Farming

In the most recent issue of Monocle there was a really great, little article on the rise of snail farming in Bulgaria. In 2009 they exported around 850 tons of snail meat, six times more than 2008, and that figure is supposed to double in 2010. The reason for this sudden boom is the demand for snail flesh and shells to be used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, as well as the fact that people are hungry. Crafty farmers have started to create flavored snails that taste like carrot or mint, giving a whole new spin on the slimy little buggers.

They also happen to be a totally green food; everything is handled by hand and there are no chemicals involved in the cultivation. So would you sit down to a plate of minty delicious snails?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 14, 2010 / By

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