Numbers on the back of varsity jackets count down, tiny bodies walk across taut bellies, legs swing open and shut, heads roll back in ecstasy, and doppelgängers look between each other’s legs in surprise. These are just a few of the weird and wonderful animated vignettes that Ely Dagher has dreamed up to accompany a new EP from Manchester-born producer Matthew Wilcock aka Model 86. No strangers to fruitful collaboration, earlier this year Ely’s short animated film Waves ’98 scored by Model 86 went on to win a Palme D’Or at Cannes.
Made up of a series of Ely’s visuals in black and white, the surreal teaser for Self Help Dance attempts to translate each track into vignette. A perfect match for making Model 86’s ambient electronica perceptible, Ely’s work takes cues from the surrealist writings of Jorges Louis Borges, and the films of Chris Marker and David Lynch, and shows us how to illustrate music to full effect.