Born in South Africa but raised in Australia, enigmatic artist Guard keeps a distinct air of mystery about him. But 2017 has been a breakthrough year so far. Indeed, in May Vice said of his track “Xylophone” that it, “Drips with sweat and sunshine.” That was followed this summer by his dreamy, steamy single “Cables.”
Now comes the gorgeous, Japanese-inflected “Raincoats,” and its haunting accompanying video – which BlackBookpremieres here. The song itself exhibits his uncommon but utterly absorbing brand of hypnotic neo-soul. And its visual counterpart is by turns surreal, existential, deeply sensual and absolutely mesmerizing.