Sluka Goes Deep on “Iko, Iko” Video

By Deuce

Now there are music videos, and then there’s Sluka’s most recent music video for “Iko, Iko”. Granted, the track itself was released over a year ago on the Ready to Connect Long Player, but the video just dropped last month. Moreover, this number was originally composed and released by the Dixie Cups, but Sluka’s advancing a respectful cover that certainly gives the tune new life. Lastly, the track itself is worthy of a couple paragraphs on its own. But the video…

Let’s just say that the four person band consisting of guitarist and vocalist Christopher Sluka, bassist Anna Eppink, drummer Josh Thompson, and fellow vocalist Alexandra Holt is back in its native element in the video clip. Or rather, it’s back in mankind’s native element. The group is rummaging about in the rough, covered in wild, chromatic paint that ranges the spectrum of colors and, from the looks of things, loving all of it.

That sentiment is particularly applicable to Mr. Sluka himself, who’s got the big eyes, twitchingly sudden movements, and lip synching down pat to keep you riveted on him.

The imagery for the tune is indubitably derived from the jungle vibe of the cut which is powered by Christopher’s acoustic guitar. Slow, deliberate, and curving like the lash of a whip, it beats out a definite rhythm echoed by a huge kick and timely snare that sounds like some sort of slapping—with plenty of effects on it. The bass is also prominent, prolonging inflections of what sounds like the same note but issued so long, and so hard, that it bestows the tune with an unmistakable sense of strength.

Interestingly enough, although the bass work belongs to Eppink, the drums on this one are attributed to Natalie Mouzooni, who might very well be some sort of elaborate percussionist. Nonetheless, the combination of bass, guitar, and Christopher’s chanting (which is something altogether else itself—perhaps consisting of a foreign language, spontaneous scatting, or just an antiquated form of verbal communication) certainly gets the point across.

The song is imbued with this forbidding, yet playful vibe. The ability to seamlessly issue such juxtapositions in its work is likely one of the reasons the group was heralded as San Diego Reader’s 2020 Best Local Band.

But don’t take our word for it—see for yourself.  

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