Watch: Mikey February // Sonic Souvenirs
Following Dylan Graves and 'Weird Waves' comes another web series funded by Vans.
Similarly alliterated, 'Sonic Souveniers' is hosted by Mikey February and is described as "a series of portraits that takes us on an exploration of art, music, and surfing."
Produced by Kai Neville, the original schedule had them heading to India until COVID put paid to that. Instead, Mikey explored his roots closer to home, taking three trips within South Africa and teaming up with Zulu musician Madala Kunene. Kunene contributes five songs to the clip, each of them serene and languorous, contrasting against the up tempo beats of M-Feb's last outing 'Nu Rhythmo'.
Mikey's surfing is on song - boom, boom - as he mixes flair with the odd flash of grunt while riding a raft of fish, pins, twins, and mid-lengths. In fact, it feels like this format is more of a natural fit for Mikey. He was a square peg during his lone year on the CT. The only way he was going to make it on that stage was if the judges stretched the style component, but six last place finishes shows how willing they were to accomodate.
So the surfing is hot and the music inspired, yet somehow the whole package doesn't grab. Unlike 'Weird Waves' where Dylan was an affable host who spoke to camera while taking a deep dive into weird subcultures, this is a mix of visual grabs and disjointed conversations with little context to glue it together.
If the goal was something sensual and abstract they achieved it, however as an "exploration" it was also less compelling than it ought to be.
But...Episode One it is, there's more to come and we'll see if the idea can grow.