Isolation is a terrifying cactus monster in the video for Teleman’s Cactus

Teleman present a surreal critique of social media and modern isolation in the stunningly animated new video for Cactus.

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Teleman are coming back to claim summer 2018 as their own. Having made their live return at The Great Escape on Saturday night, today the group are sharing the incredible video for new single ‘Cactus’. Directed by Prosper Pictures and Lone Taxidermists, it’s a warped Frankenstein tale that sees a mass of wires, cables, rubber gloves and god knows what else form itself into a gigantic half-dancing, half-flailing cactus monster. Set in what looks like the basement level of a car park and created using a mix of physical and digital animation the creature’s birth is a sight to behold with floating astroturf and strange amorphous blobs abound.

The track itself is a propulsive taste of Teleman’s new album Family of Aliens, which is due out later this year. Held together by a driving beat it sees the band tackling modern-day isolation and materialism, declaring “there’s no point to looking good if no-one ever gets near you.” It’s danceable, psychedelic and completely infectious, burbles of synth and distorted guitar competing for space over the disco groove at its core. Hints of everything from Primal Scream to rave-era Kasabian appear in the track’s unrelenting fusion of dance and rock and roll, coming together to create an anthemic second single. Watch the video for ‘Cactus’ below.

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