“Soused” — Ads We Didn’t Skip
Ad: “Scott Walker + Sunn O))) — Soused,” 4AD Records
Agency: In-house(?) with photography by Gast Bouchet
Why? In this era of big data and NSA-level customer targeting, there’s no such thing as an esoteric or noncommercial taste. Us 40-something, aging indie-rock fans, formerly dedicated to not just hearing, but actually buying every musical obscurity ever mentioned by our heroes from dingy record bins and distant eBayers are now delivered irresistibly relevant ads like this one, directly to our distracted eyeballs. A Moondog fan gets RIYLed as readily as a Taylor Swift fan. Big data don’t care. Big data hits you in the wallet. (And just like a Taylor Swift album, this shit won’t be streaming for months.) Big data knows you’ll buy it.
But what about the ad? Sure, it’s got Scott’s ageless operatic poetry over death-metal drones, with beautifully creepy macro photography. But you know they had me at the first frame: Scott Walker + Sunn O))).
Will I buy what they’re selling? Of course! I already have.
– Jon (@ccmxl)
Meet Derek Armstrong McNeill
Derek McNeill has been telling visual stories most of his life. The Seattlite first honed his eye working as a photographer in the US Air Force, then worked in advertising art direction and design. He now divides his time shooting his own documentary projects and stock footage. “After carrying around a camera kit for years, telling visual […] Read more