‘Internet art’ can be a fickle thing to define in 2017, a time when really anything can be coined as such. Yet the label carries certain connotations that can be universally recognized; namely, a lo-res aesthetic, glitchy animation, and a general sense of being off-putting (a digital surrealism if you will). By those standards, “Trap Star,” the latest visual from rising pop-star Wes Period, is a contender for a masterpiece of the genre. Watch its world premiere below.
Period, an LA-based artist discovered by Justin Tranter – a songwriter behind the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani to name a few – has had one serious come-up in 2017. At the top of the year he released his first album, Late Bloomer, and has followed it up with a steady stream of singles. “Trap Star” is but the latest of these, and it showcases Period’s wily, offbeat sense of humor thanks to lines the chorus: “You say you want a trap star / But you don’t wanna get trapped.” Of course if you watched the video above, that should say all there is to say about his wit.
Stream his debut Late Bloomer below via Spotify.
For more of our premieres, take a look at the eerie, surrealist visual from rising Australian artist Kirkis right here.