Jumping Back Slash released a gorgeous video for the R&B-leaning single, ‘Come Rescue Me’, the second single released from his latest project, Slow Oceans. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you need to. Seriously, we’ll wait. The footage was all taken by JBS himself around Knysna, where he’s currently based. The beautiful landscapes are shot and coloured in a way to give them an even more somnambulant flavour.
Without a doubt, Jumping Back Slash is a prolific artist. At it’s highest, his throughput of projects (either his own or as a collaborator) is akin to artists at their peak of their careers. What makes JBS even more impressive, is how self-contained each of his projects have been so far – each anchored around themes in a way that makes them seem like the effort of singular studio sessions with a purpose in mind.
Jumping Back Slash can also be a very literal artist. Themes chosen for projects resonate strongly enough that the visuals that accompany his music seem to form around and define themselves. Seeing the video for the song ‘Stink Midi‘ off the brilliant Mshini Music left me saying: “yes, that’s exactly what that song should look like”. When others describe his music, they also can’t seem to help but use visual language. Spoek Mathambo, when talking about his album Mzansi Beat Code, described Jumping Back Slash’s work as “muscular“, and here at Platform, we’ve similarly described his work as alternately “spacious and crunchy“.
Expanding on his penchant for the literal and echoing the EP’s title, Jumping Back Slash presents us with a physical ocean in the ‘Come Rescue Me’ video, filmed in slow motion. But beyond the semantics and the choice of name for the project, nothing feels as visually fitting for the music on hand than what we’re presented with. Jaybles himself has admitted to not knowing what the phrase Slow Oceans even means, but it’s evocative of something – something syrupy and unnameable. Looking to the rest of the EP for guidance, we find that relationships are a central theme of the project, as is love in stasis, suspension in time and thought – all quite “Oceany” stuff if you squint hard enough, and shoot it in half time.
But don’t just take out word for it, have a look at the video below: