The greatest gamer
Grimes’ Player of Games is a very good tune. She and Musk deserve a legendary couple status - this goes way beyond boring Brangelina levels. It doesn’t really matter if it’s over between them, the fact that it happened is one of those rare things w make you believe that history keeps rolling about, whether or not we vaguely notice it as we’re stuck behind bright screens. It was already epic, and now comes the song. A real drama became overlaid with a meta-dramatic gesture. Dramatized in the best sense of the word. “I’m in love with the greatest gamer”, she chants, and we know that she is, indeed, talking to the biggest meme-r out there! If I had to wish for a perfect futuristic Page Six item, that’s what I’d have in mind. I don’t know how this has not taken over the news cycle.
To the cold expanse of space
Couldn’t keep you in your place
The chess theme of the video is, of course, a big bonus. I chuckled as I noticed I was more excited to see chess being played online - there’s a scene where Grimes and her monstrous knight are fooling around with retro consoles - than how it’s presented in most of the video, in a classic table seating or a playground spectacle of blown-up pieces. Barring a few forgotten childhood games, it is online where I was introduced to chess, so the digital board moves seem more ‘real’ than anything else.
Watching the world chess championship this month was lot of fun. At a certain moment Carlsen’s opponent, Ian Nepomniachtchi, appeared with a new short haircut, after years of walking around with a highly recognizable man bun. The changeup came right after his first loss in the match, and instead of a declaration marking a narrative shift, somehow it couldn’t carry anything but a hushed cry of desperation. A real drama became overlaid with a meta-dramatic gesture. Good stuff.