LA-transplant, Eli Raybon, moved from the South this past year, deciding to trace his love for bands like Phoenix, The Killers, and The Smiths, and pursue his musical aspirations in the city of Los Angeles.
The single “Unsymmetrical” is a tactical departure from his first album, The Machine & My Dilemma, which directly dealt with his desires to break free from the domestic pressures of living in Small Town USA. The explosive track offers fuzzy guitars with a funky vibe and a distorted psychedelic feel. Undertones of post-punk and new-wave also permeates the song in a polished manner. With retrospective vocals and an 80’s stance, the track triumphantly reels in a cohesive mixture of ska and garage rock.
The music video, which features Raybon performing in a talent show, has him getting up close and personal with the judges to the competition as the song slowly begins to grow on them. To the audiences’ dismay, the apathy on the judges’ faces begins to melt into pure enjoyment and excitement as they are entertained by Rayborn’s show-stopping performance. The judges make their final decisions of giving Raybon his perfect score, before the music video closes to the last scene where we see the winner’s contract and the judges’ scorecards being incinerated. This last closing scene metaphorically symbolizes the solo artist on the rise from the ashes of the competition, as he is being reborn into a new era of musical incarnation.
The green bandanna that Eli Raybon dons in the video most likely elicits to the new rising LA artist’s plans to release “Unsymmetrical” and several other unfinished recordings on a new EP entitled, Green, due out January 27th. The color is a banner for the indie singer-songwriter’s feelings of creativity and craftiness. In a self-depreciating way it also tags his fresh-faced experience; in a way being ‘green’ to the music industry in LA. But overall, like the finish to the music video to “Unsymmetrical”, Raybon is here to make his mark and earn his slot in the industry. “It’s difficult to be brave enough to chase after what you really want,” Eli reflects. “Moving to LA marked my triumph over the fear and hesitation of pursuing my dreams.” 7.8/10