VIDEO: Mall Mutants- “Tally Year Omen”

Since 2010, Mall Mutants has been my outlet for the sounds that tended to disappoint or confound the handful of people who were followers of my other solo project, the more “pop”-oriented Actual Birds. For awhile, the former eclipsed the latter completely, as I was far more interested in developing conceptual pieces outside of those constraints (that, and I wanted to make a lot of racket, which wasn’t always met with approval by the aforementioned Actual Birds supporters (I feel weird saying that I have “fans”)).

I only decided to revisit the Actual Birds moniker and its myriad functions when I realized that song-like structures were creeping their way into the Mall Mutants material, which sort of defeated the purpose of having different handles. It’s complicated (and let’s face it, only interesting to me).

Anyway, I recorded “Tally Year Omen” somewhere in the transitional phase, hoping to place it on the Lifers compilation on Life Like. After some discussion, though, we decided that it would freak the flow of that tape too much (including, as it did, significantly mellower sounds overall). Fred opted to include the more chill track “Terror Dog” instead.

Thus, “Tally Year Omen” has been in the vaults for two years or so. A couple weeks ago, suffering through a bout of insomnia, I decided to make a video out of it, using footage recorded in a similarly bored/freaked state when I was living in Ypsilanti in 2012. The results are silly and chintzy as hell, but I still like it. I hope that you do, too.


Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.