Did you read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler when you were a kid? The E.L. Konigsburg novel where the smarty-party Kincaid siblings run away and spend their nights in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, outwitting the security guards and sleeping in the historical furniture dioramas? Maybe you saw the TV movie version?
If you did, I have to assume that a large portion of your brain is occupied by the fantasy of cavorting around in places you’re not supposed to be after hours—museums, theaters, Disneyland.
One of Australia’s better-known beatmakers, Flume, has tapped right into the deviant childhood part of your brain with the video for “Some Minds.” The clip finds our baby-faced producer extraordinaire floating around the Sydney Opera House in the wee, small hours of the morning.
The track features vocals from Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt. Between you and me, the lyrics are a total downer: “Darling, yeah, we both knew it from the start, some minds are better kept apart.” Flume’s production shares the “love can be a drag” sentiment with a plaintive, mid-tempo progression from percussive brushwork to glitch.
It’s a pretty jam, but back to that video. Directed by Clemens Habicht and featuring choreography by the Australian Ballet’s Callum Linnane, “Some Minds” marks the first time anyone has been given permission to run around the Sydney Opera House all night, shooting to their heart’s content.
So, take a moment to check out Flume floating around otherwise off-limit interiors and wish you were there at 2am doing your own oddball dances on the abandoned stage.
Julia Ward is a Los Angeles-based writer and former performing arts producer. She was a contributor to the Future of Music Coalition’s international copyright and compensation research, was nicknamed “Scientific Terrific” by Pee Wee Dance of the Rock Steady Crew, and appears for, like, a split-second in Jem Cohen’s Fugazi documentary Instrument. It is well within the realm of possibility that, last night, a DJ saved her life.