Video Premiere: Hideout – See You Around

Hideout began as a recording project for Gabriel Rodriguez, who is also a long time member of KCRW favorite Cults. Most of his early tracks were made during downtime while on tour.

Rodriguez, and his primary collaborator Cory Stier (Mrs. Magician) recently released their sophomore album – So Many Hoops/So Little Time. The primary driving force behind the record is Rodriguez’s deeply sad circumstance of being in the process of dealing with the death of his brother. While that doesn’t come through directly in “See You Around,” the track does give you an almost immediate sense that you’re listening to a person who has recently had to handle a lot of life in a relatively short amount of time. Fortunately, in the hands of such a skilled songwriter as Gabriel Rodriguez, that experience has been expertly mined into a tight, and deeply catchy pop song.

The video for “See You Around” was directed by L.A. based filmmaker/animator Jeff Striker. It features a nifty interplay between images of human Gabriel Rodriguez, and an animated silhouette of Gabriel Rodriguez with some pretty far out animation of the Cosmos swirling around throughout. Rodriguez describes the video’s backstory as such:

“Our friend Jeff (director) had the concept of me running through cosmic void- a place where things get lost. Lyrically this song is about walking home late at night when the streets are empty- when comfortable places/paths feel estranged. We filmed it in his back yard on a very hot day- He had me running in place for hours- I definitely got a sunburn.”

So Many Hoops/So Little Time is out now via Small Plates and you can catch Hideout @ SXSW this week.

3/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW [Tellers Upstairs, 12AM]

3/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW [Bar96, 2PM]

3/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW [Float The Goat, 8PM]

3/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW [Hole In The Wall, 9:55PM]

3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW [Scout Inn, 3PM]

3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW [The Liberty, 8PM]