When we last checked in with Kent Watson in 2016, the longtime Atlatl singer was releasing new music as one half of POEK (an acronym for “Property Of Eric and Kent”). Since the cross-country duo’s ambitious homemade video for “Taylor The Thing Is” came out, Watson moved from Milwaukee to Philadelphia and wrapped up a new record for a solo project he calls Working Dust Collector—a nod to his job in a technology lab.
This week, Working Dust Collector released its debut album. Watson has worked on that record, Can’t Look Away, in pieces over the last eight years. The album was written and self-recorded in Milwaukee and Philadelphia over that lengthy span. The 10-song effort was mixed by Justin Heron—a friend and frequent collaborator of Watson’s—and mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering. Today, Working Dust Collector also released an impressive new music video for the long-planned album’s first single.
The video for “Legs That Were Given” finds Watson using projectors to display homespun animation and video footage on things like mannequins, balloons, walls, and busts to bring what the multi-talented musician calls a “lonely sci-fi horror aesthetic” to the visual rendering. The innovative video manages to ably blend the sterile aura of a laboratory with emotional lyrics and moving visuals to create an arresting mix of technology and humanity that’s bound to hold your attention for the duration of its 3:40 run time. Get to know Working Dust Collector and watch the “Legs That Were Given” video below.