Premiere: Get Lifted With Adult Karate’s ‘So Low’
Your late summer soundtrack is here, thanks to Adult Karate’s “So Low.” Also known as KC Maloney (of Radar Cult), the L.A. producer is gearing up for his debut solo EP, LXII, a collection of six richly-textured tracks that feel destined to soundtrack dream sequences. It’s closed out with “So Low,” a mid-tempo slice of poolside pop with a dark side, fueled by Canadian singer Adaline’s ghostly vocals that feel like finally letting go of something that’s slipped just out of reach.
The video, premiered here, is an oddball tale of trying to find connection that’s as funny as it is sad. “So Low” follows a man in search of self-affirmation as he orders up some romance online, but finds that’s not exactly what he was looking for. (There’s also something very strange going on with a ping pong ball.)
“The song, ‘So Low,’ is about self-doubt in the face of unconditional love; how you can find someone who will love you even if you’re not ready to love yourself,” Maloney tells us via email. “But for the video, we strayed away from a direct interpretation of the song. I wanted to do something light hearted but also a bit ‘off.’ With the very talented director/writer Steven Randolph as my partner on this project, we came up with a story about two people who are lost in the world of love; two people who have very damaged views on what love, sex, and relationships mean. Steven and I are both very influenced by the works of Todd Solondz and David Lynch, so we wanted to place these heavy themes in a comically sad and surreal universe. I feel like the end result turned out being a homage to and also a parody of our influences, with enough of our own sensibilities to keep it fresh and new. And that is pretty much exactly what we wanted.”