Today, Open Mike Eagle released a music video from his acclaimed album ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’ which XXL recently hailed as “one of the best [albums] of the year.” The video, filmed in a junkyard in Valencia, CA, frames the track “Happy Wasteland Day” as a bleak, satirical, apocalyptic desert world – like a Mad Max fever dream that mirrors reality.
Directed and edited by Ryan Calavano, produced by Exile, “Happy Wasteland Day” depicts a world where things have gone terribly wrong. The song is crammed with cutting verses: “Now we all in a zombie movie / only weapon is common sense / zombie sheriffs is tryna lynch us / guess I’ll call up my congressman,” he raps while surrounded by rusty car shells and fire-breathers. Mike pleads for just “one day without violence,” making this video feel all the more present.
‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’ has been met with acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone, VICE Noisey, XXL, Spin, and more.