INsiders Guide: Exclusive Interview with VUCA
This October, Planned Parenthood of WI is featuring “Shine” as part of their annual event with an AR experience of the song, supporting this year’s theme of “Be Visible.” Listeners everywhere can hear this chapter of VUCA’s story on this single, “Shine.” On “Shine,” L.A.-based singer Usen Isong, playing the role of Jackie (they/them), wakes to find that they are dead. With their last breath, they sing of life’s most closely held secret from the other side. A dreamy electro-pop and string-infused (arranged by Daphne Chen) atmosphere build a stunning sonic landscape that sets the backdrop for the tale itself. Shine’s magic grows stronger when the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles enters, heightening the intensity of each chord with strong voices that call out from the heavens, welcoming the newcomer to the afterlife.
VUCA is an experimental art collective — whose first project, The Geometry of Lies, is an immersive alternate reality concept album, featuring a novel, album, and AR experiences. “Shine” represents a chapter in the novel, performed by the character Jackie — a non-binary technology wunderkind. The Geometry of Lies is a modern meditation on the untold story of Prometheus and his relationship to Hope. With mystical energy only Greek mythology could inspire, each song is a reflection on the ever-shifting tension between Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA).
After we release the Glamour video, we will be releasing performance videos of Elysian Fields and an unreleased track, Out of the Shadowlands. On Instagram, we are telling the larger story of The Geometry of Lies, which is curated by the amazing Elena Velez, a fashion designer who had her collection spotlighted this year at NYC Fashion Week.