Alt-rap act Art Vandelay, A.K.A. Seattle MC/producer duo Ricky Pharoe and Mack Formway are at their best when they embrace their outsider ethos. Pharoe's capable of delivering roundabout cultural commentary without a heavy hand, which compliments Formway's heavy, left-of-center production excellently. "1000 Corners"--a short, free-flowing song from this year's superb Face Tattoo full-length--takes that approach entirely: Pharoe shoots spit-ball lines at fake, upperclass types in his spot-on dark-humor kind of way; while Formway builds tension with lingering piano notes and live-sounding drums.
The video is a well-played juxtaposition of the playful and solitary mind. On one hand, Pharoe is the laughing, normal-looking guy in a hat being filmed by a girl; on the other, he's the lonely man behind the screen, battling his thoughts. Art Vandelay succeeds when the listener/viewer is left thinking, and in that, they've succeeded here.