Made of Oak Shot a Silent Rap Video for His Glitchy Lullaby ‘Side Rides’
Nick Sanborn enlisted Well$ and Professor Toon for the stark video and upcoming remix
Nick Sanborn, one-half of the synth-folk duo Sylvan Esso, is releasing his solo debut under the moniker Made of Oak next month, and he’s revealed another, introspective album cut with an intriguing twist. The track, “Side Rides,” is a melancholy instrumental — laid-back, gloomy synths brightened by almost eerily nursery-like twinkling sounds.
The video, a stark black and white short, features Well$ and Professor Toon dancing and rapping to Sanborn’s moody melody. We can’t hear what they’re saying — at least for now. Sanborn enlisted the two artists to write lyrics for an upcoming remix of “Side Rides,” but their silent presence in the video is effective.“Once I fixated on the idea of making a silent rap video, it kinda haunted me,” Sanborn said. “Ironically, it ended up saying so much.”
Check out the intriguing short, directed by Endless Endless, and get your first listen of “Side Rides” below, along with Made of Oak’s tour dates. Look for Penumbra on November 6 via Partisan Records.
November 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle