Steve Lacy Has Some Psychedelic Fun In ‘Playground’

2019 has brought us its fair share of dope musical moments. As you start to create your “best of” list, don’t forget that our boy Steve Lacy is part of that number. He dropped his first full-length set Apollo XXI back in May and we’ve been jamming to it ever since. Sadly, though, it’s been light on the visuals. He makes up for that oversight with a colorful clip for his single “Playground.”

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The bass player and singer channels the late ’60s and early ’70s with a psychedelic clip to go with the song’s soulful feel. Images of Steve flow across the screen as if we’re watching a carousel. The only difference is that they’re reflected and refracted until infinity, resulting in a trippy effect that’s sure to catch your eye. As if that weren’t enough, the video’s background is constantly changing color — from bright and happy yellow to a deep, moody green and almost every color in between. Steve, meanwhile, is doing his best ’70s soul man impersonation as he stares at the camera with intensity and let’s his falsetto do the talking. And we’re not even going to discuss his interesting choice of ‘fits here.

If this clip doesn’t give you enough of a Steve Lacy fix, we suggest that you try to catch him on his Apollo Tour, which has already thrilled the East Coast and will head west beginning with a date in Seattle on October 21st. You can get a list of the tour’s remaining dates and ticket info via his website.

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