Four years ago there was a Spike Jonze (duuude, have you seen that Where The Wild Things Are trailer yet?!?!?)-directed Adidas commercial called “Hello, Tomorrow,” that was so aimlessly, supernaturally dreamy, that it was sort of a shame when whatever show you were watching kicked back in. The clip came accompanied by an equally dreamy soundtrack — a sleepwalker of a song, also called “Hello, Tomorrow,” by Squeak E. Clean (Jonze’s brother) and Karen O. The collaboration was such a success that Squeak E. Clean (aka Sam Spiegel) went on to produce Show Your Bones, the second album from Karen’s band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Now Squeak E. Clean has paired up on a more permanent basis with Ze “DJ Zegon” Gonzalez, to form N.A.S.A., but the collaboration doesn’t end there. N.A.S.A.’s first record is actually all collaborations. Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon provide ambient background for vocals from an incredibly wide range of performers, including David Byrne, RZA, Tom Waits, George Clinton, Kanye West, Karen O, Santigold, Spank Rock, John Frusciante and many more. Like, very many more.
As for this “Gifted” video, it’s directed by Three Legged Legs, a group whose cartoony sci-fi style isn’t so far off from Spike Jonze’s new project. It’s a mind-bending space adventure that perfectly matches the tone and rhythm laid down by super collab Kanye West, Lykke Li and Santigold. Watch “Gifted,” right here, and keep an eye out for more brilliance from N.A.S.A.