Mars Motel Dissects Pressure In “Coming Up For Air”


Photo: Courtesy of MM PR

Brooklyn-based quartet Mars Motel offers a metaphorical portrait of pressure to conform in their latest video “Coming Up For Air.” Directed by Jordan Parrott, the video is shot from an overhead angle where we see an individual in a neon-lit setting as she slowly gets sinks under the water. The video and the track serve as a warning that giving to the pressure of others can drown your soul, which is a no bueno.  Melodically, the song is a raw rock piece where the strumming layers paired with cathartic choruses feel like a therapeutic release from all the crap we unintentionally end up absorbing and carrying:

“The song evokes alienation and the pressure to assimilate. With that in mind, he (director Jordan Parrott) used the overhead camera angle as if it were a medical lens, a detached way of observing the procedure that also puts the android under a microscope,” explained Mars Motel’s Sarik Kumar.

“Coming Up For Air” is from Mars Motel’s upcoming debut album Passenger X, which will be out late 2019. The quartet has shows coming up:

7/26 – Arlene’s Grocery (Button City, NY, USA)

8/20 – Bowery Balroom (New York, NY, USA)

8/24 – The Footlight Bar (Queens Village, NY, USA)