The tacit suggestion in the official music video for RL Grime and graves‘ “Arcus” would be “expect the unexpected.” With its dimly lit shots of snowy outdoor scenery and suspense-ridden narrative, the visual component directly complements the somber titillation of the trap-infused single. Directed by Arnaud Bresson, the video chronicles a group of friends’ experiences with the occult.
Shots fire from the mere fingers of the video participants, while others take on different supernatural abilities, to levitate, stand sideways, and at one point, appear completely translucent in bodily representation. The video has a firm command of the eerie, as cards scatter on the concrete, rain falling in a spectral haze at video’s end.
After six months, we finally have new music from RL Grime. Combining forces with Graves, “Arcus” was released last Friday and showcases the sound and feel we love from both artists. RL Grime has been teasing this collaboration for quite some time, so it’s great to finally have a crisp and clear version. RL Grime’s
RL Grime has announced his new label, Sable Valley, with a focus of showcasing up-and-coming talent, along with an Instagram message that inspires a new kind of listening. The trap trendsetter christens the label with a collaboration from himself and graves, “Arcus,” which debuted on RL Grime’s Halloween Mixtape 7. Through an orchestra of lush, oscillating synths, high-pitched vocals and building snares ride the energy upwards towards an explosion of trap rhythms under crawling bright synths.
Coming from and fore-fathering EDM trap’s peak era with massive festival hits such as Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” and Kanye West’s “Mercy,” RL Grime honed his production skills to craft a stellar second studio album in NOVA which made it to the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums and led to a sold-out tour. He was able to flawlessly switch from rap-oriented remixes to collaborating with highly touted names in hip-hop such as Jeremih, Tory Lanez, Chief Keef, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Now, Henry Steinway has opened a new venture in his imprint, with a promising message for a new kind of audio. In a statement, Steinway says, “Since the inception of RL Grime, I’ve had this goal in the back of my mind to start my own label. My Halloween mixes have always been an outlet for me to curate and showcase new music, but the natural next step for me was to start a label. My whole life I’ve been obsessed with the process of searching for and finding what’s next, and this is a way for me use my platform to highlight emerging talent that I believe in. ‘Arcus’ is the first release, and it felt like the perfect song to set the tone for what Sable Valley is about.”
July will mark one year since RL Grimes’ second album NOVA. Now, seven months later, RL Grime is releasing new music in collaboration with Graves. The track “Arcus” is set to debut next Wednesday, February 6th. Since NOVA, RL Grime has been rocking the festival circuit. But, we haven’t heard much new music from him other than