DUHKQUNT – REUBEN S
DuhkQunt’s 2021 finishes with the release of the third single from their EP, Space Communion – and amidst the sardonic, tongue-in-cheek nature of the video lays a more serious message.
“It’s called Reuben S; it’s a homage to an incredibly special individual that the music community lost last year” the Leeds-based producer reveals. “He was this incredibly talented, loving guy who used to play some All Ages shows in Auckland. I felt absolutely helpless when I heard we lost him.”
“It’s a very small homage amongst the waves and waves of tributes, love, and emotion that still resonate to this day. It sucks – I still remember talking to him online about video games and music.
“He was a big supporter, believe it or not. It’s easy to believe though because it was Reuben.”
“I’m married to someone I love who suffered from symptoms of fibromyalgia. I lost someone I love who had to deal with it. I think it is important for everyone to recognize the condition because it is heartbreaking to hear firsthand about.”
On a less serious note, the concept behind the video – once again by Urethra Franklin – was to create a late-night, post-pub video that has a cryptic, hypnogogic element to hypnotize viewers.
“Or, I essentially wanted to make a low-budget Lateralus era Tool video” DuhkQunt admits.
“The music is very chilled out, sort of spacey (…) which was the concept behind Space Communion. I remember coming home from a night out, chucking on Channel 4 which played The Magic Roundabout or a host of other off-kilter shows for that time of the morning.”
“They knew their audience. I don’t know mine, but I know that if I came home and someone popped that on while under the influence of… something… then I’d get lost in the imagery as much as the song itself.”
“Plus, it’s all a heap of free-use videos, chopped and screwed around by Urethra. So it was cheap.”
“Reuben S” is the final single to emerge from what is set to be DuhkQunt’s final EP: having from the outset always imagined his works to be a trilogy, Space Communion is perhaps the jerkwaver’s most accessible work to date.
“I don’t know how to top it. Probably by doing an album in a studio or have stuff mastered properly.”