Donny McCaslin releases video for “The Opener” with Sun Kil Moon

An odd video for an odd song.

Yesterday, saxophonist Donny McCaslin released a new video for his song “The Opener,” featuring Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon.

“The Opener,” taken from McCaslin’s forthcoming album Blow, features Kozelek recounting, in his signature monotone, a strange, hyper-detailed story about a Florida gig he played and the opening act who disliked him. According to McCaslin’s official website, the music was inspired by the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest.

The fuzzy, VHS-style video focuses on a phone conversation between Kozelek—in bed, eating an orange—and an unknown woman, who relates the story of the opening act to him. There are occasional shots of a listless McCaslin, just hanging out with his saxophone.


While writing Blow, McCaslin was deeply influenced by his time as bandleader on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. Particularly significant was how the late legend urged him to experiment with “different loops and textures” on his instrument. “That really stuck with me,” McCaslin commented on his website. “It’s such a big part of what I’m doing now, how I integrate the electronics and the saxophone.”

Blow is out October 5. Watch the video for “The Opener” below:

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