Claude VonStroke releases surreal ‘Maharaja’ video
Claude VonStroke has just unveiled the official video to accompany his new release, “Mahraja,” a track equally unorthodox as its visual counterpart.
Initially debuted on his live album, recorded at VonStroke’s headlining set at Movement festival in May, the intergalactic-styled track draws from Detroit’s own classic electro breakbeat fervor, with VonStroke’s offbeat jive rippling throughout.
The hypnagogic video is equal parts inspired by the surreal absurdism of Salvador Dali, the New York B-boy dance stylings and fashion of the ’80s film Beat Street, and the quixotic luminescence of Tron. Set, of course, in a desolate warehouse, a group of hip-hop dancers’ limbs melt and contort as they move about the space. Futuristic, Tron-like beams of light swirl and form grids along the dilapidated walls, while a series of outlandish objects, including giant golden eggs (a Dirtybird nod) and elephant statues allow the video the oddity and nonsensicalness of a bizarre dream.