VIDEO PREMIERE: “MEDITATION” FROM BEN KEELER [DIR. BY THE DEKA BROTHERS]

With glittering melodies, lush production and dense walls of sound, Ben Keeler has released his full length album, Movo Daring, a cinematic indie-rock odyssey that listens like a Kubrick film.  

Watch the exclusive video premiere of his first single, “Meditation” offers viewers a psychedelic vision quest. Filmed in Detroit and directed by The Deka Brothers, this surrealist mini-movie is a ritual journey complete with a totem dancing sorceress, live animals and a brightly colored Keeler as the main protagonist. 

The honey croon and power-howling duality of Keeler’s voice weaves through alchemical guitar arrangements and vibrant punching rhythm. Lyrical themes play out in romanticised narratives, all veiled in mystical imagery.

“…substantive short stories from the heart, arced into melodic ribbons so catchy it makes you remember why (and how) music can be so fun and rejuvenating to listen to…” – Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press

Over the course of a year, Keeler wrote and arranged the songs on Movo Daring with drummer and long-time collaborator, David Dionise at the Russell Industrial Center, a large studio warehouse located in Detroit, Michigan. The album was recorded with Detroit-turned LA-producer, Alex Kaye (of Valley Hush) at Rustbelt Studios and Assemble Sound, featuring a variety of Detroit musicians with appearances throughout the recordings.

The Deka Brothers hail from Poiters, France where they crafted their style on music videos and many short productions with the artistic collective Les Films de la Lymphe. Ben and Julien Deka received the 2012 MTV Music Video Award for Best Visual Effects for their work on Skrillex’s First of the year (Equinox), directed by Tony T. Datis.

“Meditation” Credits: 

The Deka Brothers (Ben and Julien Deka)- Directors
Geoff George – Director of Photography
Bad Trip Designs (Pat Bird/Jaspar Thewes) – Set Design/Art Department
Matthew Malone – Lighting/Grip
Jazz Mitchell Goodchild – Makeup
Evan Denomme – Photography/BTS
Sean Hages – Prop Maker (Totem)
Production Assistants
Christ Beckley, Erin Ryan, Zac Brunell, Connor Frederiksen

Post Production:
Hudson Edit
Zach DuFresne – Editor
Jon Jovich – Color/VFX
Brent Edwards – Finishing

Producers:
Michael Lapp
Zack Whitley
Ben Keeler

Talent:
Bana Kabalan – Sorceress
Carla Samson/Scott Van Sice – Acrobatics
Sam Arabbo – Dancer
Anna Margarete Kumnik – Dancer
Jack Marie/Eleanor Oster – Shadow Beings

Pingree Farms – Animal Handling
Filmed at: Make Art Work/Lincoln Street Art Park

Listen to the full albumMovo Daring.

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