"Self Discovery for Social Survival" LP (soundtrack)

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Since the genre’s birth in the early 1950s, the surf film has involved a synthesis of image and music. Typically these two key ingredients are sourced separately, mixed together only after the visual fact. Self Discovery for Social Survival subverts this recipe. Just like the osmotic waves that run through the film, the visuals and music of SDSS co-exist and permeate as one to reinvent and reimagine what surf films can look, sound, and feel like.

Self Discovery for Social Survival is a collaborative film between independent record label Mexican Summer and Pilgrim Surf + Supply, a New York-based surf and outdoor brand. “The idea was to send surfers and musicians off on these trips together,” explains director and Pilgrim proprietor Chris Gentile. “Get them out there amongst it—in the surf, in the afterglow of the surf, talking story at dinner, just all the great stuff that happens on a surf trip. Then, right after their trips, the musicians jump into the studio and compose based on their experiences. With their hair still wet, so to speak.”

SDSS works as a triptych – narrated by the recently late, legendary avant-garde film-maker Jonas Mekas, a voice holding as much depth as the ocean itself. The story of which the narration belongs to breaks up the almost entirely dialogue-less film, and was scribed by Jamie Brisick, a professional surfer turned writer. Travelling from Mexico to the Maldives, and finally, to Iceland with world-renowned, award- winning surfers from all over the world, SDSS captures the international, interweaving, and universal language of surf culture.

Dungen - Var Har Du Varit  
Allah Las - Mulberry Jam  
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Breeze  
Allah Las - Raspberry Jam  
Allah Las - Blueberry Jam  
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Swell  
Allah Las - Boysenberry Jam  
Allah Las - Blackberry Jam  
Connan Mockasin & Andrew VanWyngarden - Bad Boys  
10 Peaking Lights - Mirror In The Sky  
11 Connan Mockasin & Andrew VanWyngarden - Surf Or Not  
12 Connan Mockasin & Andrew VanWyngarden - Aurora Borawhatawhata  
13 Peaking Lights - Hold On  
14 Connan Mockasin & Andrew VanWyngarden - Mountain Pass

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