Open Mike Eagle is back with a new video for “I’ll Fight You” – catch him at the Happiness of Pursuit Fest on October 1 in Ontario, CA
Open Mike Eagle shared a new video for the first single “I will fight you” from his next album Component system with automatic inversion, he will also perform at The Happiness of Pursuit (THOP) festival on October 1 in Ontario, California. If you missed the track the first time around, the track is a retro-soaked player that served as an introduction to the timewarp that exists on the next mixtape – one that yearns for the late 90s. Diamond D provides the nonchalant beats and jazz-infused the track as Open Mike Eagle whips up twisty bars about overcoming annihilation and writing raps on a Megabus.
Like the album’s other two singles, “I’ll Fight You” unashamedly blends the past with the present with the explicit aim of revealing the mounting crises of both. The music video for the track – made with the help of Stray Films – takes a lighter approach to the defiant melancholy that oozes from the song. “A home movie of a funeral celebrating the life and death of 1997,” is how Eagle described the concept for the video. “There is a lot of grief and anger about what has been lost. Solitary non-acceptance of the provisional.
Of course, it’s Eagle under the huge stereo system on his head, which he only pulls out once in the movie. As car horns blare in the background, its bars echoing a concussive but soothing concussion, you see footage of an analog stereo man in intense grief. The source of his loss? A coffin in his backyard filled with a variety of nostalgia-covered vintage devices that need tapes to run and lots of wires to run. Eventually, the mask comes off and Eagle places his stereo head in the coffin (but not before dabbing a few tears with a handkerchief), and then even the camera enters the coffin. And once it closes, the film goes from a solemn home video to an explosive lineup of double-infrared Eagles rapping.
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his album Component system with automatic inversion was released on October 7 via Auto Reverse Records, pre-order it here. Open Mike Eagle will perform at THOP Fest in Ontario on October 1.
Open Mike Eagle Tour
10/1 – Ontario, CA @ THOP Fest with Reason, The Far Side
10/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue with Dessa
10/23 – Des Moines, IA @ XBK with Dessa
10/25 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater with Dessa
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen with Dessa
Steven Ward Lyrics
Watch the music video for Open Mike Eagle’s single “I’ll Fight You” below!