A bird’s eye view of the lock
Juno Award-winning rock musician Matt Mays (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) unveils his new video, Talking To The Sky, starring Rhuby, his puppy, who dreams of her pre-pandemic world. Rhuby (short for rhubarb) is absolutely adorable. She lies on May’s bed and later romps with her human on the beach. The music is urgent and pulsating, paired with moody images that alternate between introspection and pure joy. It hints at Rhuby’s canine perspective and captures the “penned up” feeling we all experience – it is locked from a dog’s point of view:
“Talking To The Sky” is taken from May’s latest release “Dog City” (Sonic Records), a concept album he made in a month during the lockdown. It contains 13 songs written from the perspective of a rescue dog. Mays says of the album: “I’ve had the idea of Dog City for years. The songs are about pure freedom, love, contentment, camaraderie and everything in between. I spend a lot of time in dog parks and I call the “dog town” closest to my house. Seeing the world through the eyes of the world’s most compassionate animal felt really good during this initial lockdown. All that really seemed real to me then was love, loyalty, and camaraderie. It was and still is a safe zone for me. “
Dog City can be downloaded digitally from Bandcamp. This includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app. And for traditionalists, it’s also available on vinyl with an LP cover that includes 484 fan-submitted dogs.