I Just Watched Megafauna’s New Video and Now I Can’t Remember What Life Is

Absorb their trippy, animated “Fluorescent Super Moment”

Dani Neff, looking like a nuclear horizon over a city, in the video for "Fluorescent Super Moment."

Watching Megafauna’s tripped-out new video for “Fluorescent Super Moment” feels like I just blasted off on DMT and received visions of an alternative history of Earth’s civilization.

The fast-moving animated clip – set to the asteroidal rock of the Austin quartet – shows wild mountains transform into bustling metropolises. Along the way, there’s dinosaurs, crocodiles eating clocks, ancient ruins, and freaky flowers flourishing out of unsuspecting places. Of course, it all revolves around an egg with a snake wrapped around it that displays its fractal yoke, then ascends into outer space.

If you’ve ever tried to watch Fantastic Planet while you were tripping and it blew you away even though you were too high to actually understand the plot, then you’ll love “Fluorescent Super Moment.”

Canadian animator and illustrator Ben Clarkson, who’s done work for Adult Swim and had his art exhibited on at least three continents, handled the clip’s heady visuals.

Megafauna singer/guitarist Dani Neff says the song, off their 2019 LP Ghost Coast, had been inspired by Don DeLillo's novel White Noise, which posits the fluorescent supermarket as a creepy symbol of American consumerism.

”I wanted the fluorescent super moment to be in stark contrast to this, a glimmer of infinity, free and unfettered, incapable of being owned. In the song, I try to capture the super moment’s essence but it keeps slipping through my fingers. If I could only possess the moment fully I could understand but its meaning continues to 'shift and spiral' no matter how I chase it.

”Ben played on this with his psychedelic depiction of the creation of the world followed by the fall of the world, an endless cycle that begins again at the end of the video. We have no idea how he conveyed all of this in three-and-a-half minutes, but we're really pumped he did.”

Megafauna next on stage eye-awaking comes March 1 at Hotel Vegas where they’ll appear alongside Chew and Modular Sun.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Megafauna
The Side Effects of Megafauna’s “Time to Go”
The Side Effects of Megafauna’s “Time to Go”
ATX prog-grunge trio drinks in euphoria

Kevin Curtin, June 22, 2015

More by Kevin Curtin
Local Music to Livestream, Download, and Otherwise Enjoy Digitally
Local Music to Livestream, Download, and Otherwise Enjoy Digitally
What we’re watching and listening to

March 20, 2020

Livestreaming in the Age of Quarantine
Livestreaming in the Age of Quarantine
Austin musicians “going live” instead of playing live

March 18, 2020


Megafauna, Dani Neff, Ben Clarkson, Don DeLillo

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle