In support of his debut album ‘In The Flesh’ (out this week on Season of Mist), Egyptian-born, New York-based conceptual artist Nader Sadek has premiered the music video for his new song “Sulffer”.
Sadek tells: “My latest video piece for the song “Sulffer” features a character played by Steve Tucker, waist-deep in the primordial waters of creation. Stalactites hang from the ceiling of the cave like slow-drip syringes. Flashes of yellow crystal embedded in the rock walls suggest a fool’s gold, sulphur. A byproduct of the petroleum-refinement plants heard in the opening 20 seconds of the video, down the processing chain sulphur makes its way into food and pharmaceuticals as a preservative. The effort to preserve life through a petroleum byproduct points to the central paradox of my ‘In The Flesh’ concept album: the resurrection of dead matter through petroleum extraction, a resurrection that fuels new cycles of death and decay (for is not sulphur a key component of gunpowder?).
The song’s singer-protagonist himself, a prehistoric warrior who has slain the primeval serpent, sinks into the antediluvian ooze only to rise again, a mechanical butterfly emerging from a toxic chrysalis. He extracts sulphur crystals from the cavern-womb and hurls them toward humanity’s machine-gun future. As he sings, “Reborn as stone of fire/Man again is sulphur,” these crystals violently re-lodge themselves into humankind’s waxy flesh, burning off the excess, preserving us as crystalline mineral deposits awaiting yet another resurrection.”
For more information, please visit: www.nadersadek.com.