Imagine that as the night begins to take hold, you set out on a journey. It is a frigid evening, and you are very much alone, but you feel the urge to venture out. Fresh snow is on the ground, and the blocks around your dwelling are desolate. At moments like these, you feel like you are the only living organism left on Earth. Your mind is almost entirely blank, but little hums, fidgets, and crackles invade your mental state. Is someone or something lurking, carefully placed out of view? Your imagination runs wild, but you simply press on. Inevitably, you find your way to the city center. As chimes go off, everything feels more urgent. The city zoo is a short walk away, and its animals make frantic cries in the night, as if to say “I’m alive!” Clouds of somber music vibrate through the walls of buildings, fighting their way towards your ears. This sudden frenzy of sounds momentarily brings you into the rhythm of your average city dweller. That rhythm, however, does not sustain itself. A bell rings, and your mind goes back to blank. This adventure will amount to a circuitous route back home. Foolishly, you believe that you forged this path on your own. Little did you know that Sean McCann and Matthew Sullivan (Earn) were your guides for its duration.
Words: Samantha Cornwell
“Vanity Fair” comes from a full length of the same title, which will be available on January 27, 2012 from Recital.