Video premiere: HOTT MT, ‘Starheart’

HOTT MT (photo by David Lekach)

The video for “Starheart” is nightmarish, naked bodies caked in paint, crestfallen faces, an ominous banana, and pretty much every time photographer Luka Fisher touches HOTT MT singer Ashi Dala, there’s just a terrible sense that something bad is coming. The whole concept, directed by Matthew Kaundart with cinematography by Antonio Cisneros, means to communicate the anguish associated with inhabiting one’s artistic identity, and the ugly process that sometimes lurks behind the creation of art, or “baring it all.” There’s a laundry list of controversial artists making cameos, including dominatrix Sheree Rose, queer video artist Peter Kalisch, conceptual stripper Kayla Tange, insult poet Tristene Roman, musician Dove Ayinde and performance poet Sarah Gail Armstrong, as well as porn stars Danny Wylde and Arabelle Raphael.

This band — whose name stands for Hour of the Time, Majesty Twelve, and who notoriously drove all the way to Wayne Coyne’s house to get his attention — takes an exploratory approach to dreamy, untethered psychedelic pop. “Starheart” is the latest single from the forthcoming HOTT MT album, “Alternative Universe,” set for release in spring 2017 on Mutation Records.

||| Watch: “Starheart”