In their last video, G-Side traveled the universe. In their second, however, they have their feet firmly tethered to Earth. The visuals for “Came Up” are a close-up view of Athens, Alabama. No glowing lights, mysterious artifacts or exotic locales. Just a vision of an American city, beset by tough times. And while these are two disparate images, the group manages to make the massive leap between them, stepping up with strong, gritty verses. The Block Beattaz also manage this contradiction with their swirling, atmospheric brand of production. Here, they provide a dramatic instrumental built around a swaying, dancing violin melody. The stirring intensity heightens the impact of the video, and, as a bonus, has caused me to turn up the volume of this cut more than a few times over the past few months.
The One… Cohesive is available now on the group’s Bandcamp.