Portland electropop artist Patternist is set to drop a new single each month for five months, all culminating in an as-yet-untitled EP release.
The project of Gabe Mouer (formerly Light Club), he self-released his debut EP, Youth is Fading, last October, and these new singles "were produced by myself with roughly two-thirds of the music recorded in my apartment," Mouer explains. "Drums and vocals were recorded at Interlace Audio by my friend Jeff Bond, who also played drums on the tracks."
Mouer revealed the first single of five on May 29 (which you can download for free here) and now two weeks later, he's back with the video for "Don't You Try"—an emotional, dark tale paired with danceable, effervescent pop.
While it's "a song about loneliness to the point of insomnia" and one that's "melodramatic lyrically," Mouer says, that melodrama plays out even more dramatically in the new video.
Mouer and director Josh Bailey have worked on previous film and music video projects together, but the pair wanted to try their hand at an abstract narrative. Bailey also wrote and starred in the video, so watch the intensely drawn-out action unfold below.