Nocebo3. Assembling an all-star team of creatives to back up their eclectic sound, the music video for “Bordello” is as visually striking as it is anxiety-inducing.”I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this video,” Porodina says of the visual. Bordello4. First formed in 2020 by PC Music producer Danny L Harle and Trayer Tryon of indie outfit, Hundred Waters, the new band has now expanded to include Deafheaven’s George Clarke and make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench for a group that spans the worlds of hyperpop, indie, alt rock and avant-garde beauty.Gearing up for the release of their debut self-titled EP, out February 11, Alto Arc returns today with the first single off the forthcoming project, titled “Bordello.” A collage of doom metal, experimental electronic, demonic chants and serpentine hisses, Alto Arc’s latest offering opens up like a sonic portal to hell, plunging the listener further and further into madness as the war drums beat onward.Teaming up with Director Elizaveta Porodina, Alto Arc presents a supernatural psychological horror with Ffrench playing a seductive fortune teller as she seals Clarke’s dark fate with a mixture of snakes, daggers and all manner of black magic. “Telling this story felt like opening an old book and uncovering a sinister fairy tale. The Circle UnbrokenPhoto courtesy of Alto Arc The Model Gospel2. An eerie vibrating presence fell over the rooms we built up, and it felt like oscillating from one dark world to another. It isn’t every day that music gets a new supergroup, but we can’t say we’ve ever seen one quite like the motley crew that is Alto Arc. Yeva’s Lullaby5. It’s a privilege to witness such rare and magical moments.”Watch “Bordello” and check out the full tracklist for Alto Arc’s debut EP, below.Alto Arc EP1.
“Like we’re talking about Spirit and our most intimate sort of spiritual concerns, and then pivoting into blueberry martinis and creams.”But underlying the constant ping-ponging between concepts is Poog’s desire to bring them together for a series of on-the-fly conversations that are equal parts off-kilter and insightful, which includes their lack of interest in apologizing for their love of “frivolous” things or intellectualizing the common critique surrounding the idea of “self-care” turning into this “capitalist monster,” per Berlant.”To me, [Poog] is this space where all those things that are considered frivolous or weirdly feminine can live. So in an effort to explore the bizarre, weird and, at times, existential sphere of self-care, the two longtime friends started their iHeartRadio podcast, Poog, and slowly turned it into a much broader survey of culture and whatever the fuck else they want to talk about.In many ways, the comedians — who refer to themselves as “The Hags” — are the perfect people to execute such a heady, far-reaching concept, imbuing it with a lightness that one wouldn’t expect for a podcast that tackles topics like spiritual consumerism and the notion of shame, in addition to Berlant spearheading discussions about beauty, skincare and food, and Novak acting as the go-to source for all things wellness, including spirituality, mental health and, also, skincare.As such, their podcast takes its name from Gwyneth Paltrow’s notorious lifestyle and wellness brand, Goop. From meme histories to joke format explainers to collections of some of Twitter’s finest roasts, “Internet Explorer” is here to keep you up-to-date with the web’s current obsessions — no matter how nonsensical or nihilistic. Photography: Julian BuchanCreative direction: Julian Buchan and Liam MooreProduction design: Liam Moore Lighting design: Stefan FerraStyling: Chris HoranStyling assistant: Lauren JeworskiMakeup: Ally McGillicuddyHair: Gregg Lennon JrHair assistant: Bailey StilesProducer: Katie White I sort of joke about being addicted to healing,” Novak said as a stray feather began to float around her room. From keto diets to mud baths to the boob cream Berlant received moments before our Zoom conversation, the multibillion-dollar industry has seemingly taken over the world. We move back and forth,” Novak said. A message that she’s on the right path from her spirit guides and the Archangels, I said, before things quickly devolve into a conversation about the Old Testament and The Sopranos. It’s almost like [embracing] all these things that we’re expected to hide in spaces like the workplace,” Novak explained, with Berlant saying that they’re trying to point out that wellness, beauty and the cult “obsession” surrounding these things are “not to be devalued.”Granted, Berlant said they have one very slight critique that mostly hinges on the industry’s current “focus on the exterior,” instead of the “interior.” Specifically, she referenced the inner work and healing that should be considered “the real fucking wellness,” though she was also quick to add that outwards-facing self-care is still “real and valid in its own right.” Because after all, Poog isn’t about shaming anyone (including themselves), rather, it’s about simultaneously “interrogating” these sorts of dynamics, while also being open to their own adherence to the “pleasure is paramount” principle.On a similar note, Novak stressed that wellness has acted, for her, as a kind of “secret doorway” out of bouts of depression, saying that it was nice to “feel this joy at caring about stupid shit again,” before adding that there’s a lot of “healing psychology” incorporated into spirituality and self-care given their ability to get you out of that “judging mind place.”“I was just trying to find a way to live life and that took me down those paths, which I happen to really enjoy. However, Poog is different from similarly branded podcasts in the sense that Berlant and Novak use beauty and wellness as a starting point to talk about everything from snorkeling to dairy-free alternatives to colonics to analytical psychology, as proven by our 45 minute-long side conversation about Jung’s theory of synchronicity and ghosts potentially being a projection of the psyche.”Wellness and beauty are really our Trojan horse, because the conversations devolve into just Jacqueline and I talking about, like, Interstellar,” Berlant said, before Novak added that it’s more about the “abstract parts of our interests and getting vaguely existential.””But it’s also dipping into products. Just as it should.Listen to Poog here.Welcome to “Internet Explorer,” a column by Sandra Song about everything Internet. For Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak, it all started with the promise of free beauty products and an extremely LA fascination with wellness culture.