Unfortunately, El Boy Die’s 2010 release, Black Hawk Ladies And Tambourins, slipped any kind of major coverage on REDEFINE, but this video for “Dead Kings” will have to serve as a primer. A video collage of grainy archival war footage, the sights are incredible but haunting — showing mushroom clouds silencing soldiers to the point of awe. But this video is not putting forth a political message, at least not ostensibly. If anything, it seems to draw attention to the beauty of barren places, of wartorn lands, and of evil. Similarly, the whole of Black Hawk Ladies And Tambourins pulls in influence from distraught and mystical worlds, both medieval and tribal, to reform into an album that is centered around death, in the most sonically fulfilling of ways.
Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.
Since the Dot-Com Boom of the 1990s, San Francisco, California, has left its hippie and