Have you seen RETROSPECT’s video for “Can I“? My favorite local video of the year dropped while I was at SXSW, yet it was practically all I could talk about while I was hanging out with Quotes and Def Poet. Debo’s cut from a multitalented cloth, most recently displayed with the Chicago duo’s latest video for “The Breakout.” The video is a montage of clips from Akira edited together by Debo into a fluid AMV that complements the song’s thematic notions… just exaggerated alongside a post-apocalyptic anime world full of drugs, gangs, and telekinetic superbeings.
The video also doubles as a peek into RETROSPECT’s next project, a two-part LP with the first half, the aptly titled The Breakout: Part One, set to drop on August 12th. A listening party for the release will be held at Jugrnaut (427 S. Dearborn) on August 11th from 5pm – 7pm. There’s also a release show scheduled for August 15th at Elbo Room. As if RETROSPECT haven’t already, it seems like Quotes and Def Poet are taking that next step to ensure they do, in fact, “break out.”