Through the COVID-19
pandemic, Denver musician Jon Shockness, a former Air Dubai member who's been dropping music as Kid Astronaut
since 2015, has done more than just put out new recordings
. The songwriter has also been building a universe for his upcoming album, COSMOS
, set to drop in January.
He's teasing the album with a video for his song "The Alchemist," which pays homage to Paulo Coelho's book of the same name. The spiritually driven novel, which has become a modern self-help classic, tells a fictional story about a man's search for personal meaning and treasure in life.
The video, which was filmed at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
, will be available on the Kid Astronaut YouTube page
on December 8, but first, it will premiere on a live stream at 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 2.
In the video, Shockness plays the titular role, searching for his personal treasure, much like the character in the book. The video functions as a "portal" into the song, he says. A project driven by a fictional story is something new for the singer.
"As an artist, my videos have been cool, but I’ve always wanted to make something picturesque that tells a story," Shockness says. "So we wrote a script, and my manager and I worked on it together. About two or three weeks later, we went up to the Sand Dunes."
In partnership with Lively Studios
, Shockness will premiere the video on an interactive live stream on December 2, along with two new songs from his upcoming album; there will also be a Q&A.
Shockness has been working with a variety of producers on COSMOS
since the middle of this year, and the songs, more upbeat and uplifting than his usual introspective fare, have come together quickly.
"Once I hear the music, it takes about three to five seconds for the melody and words to come to me," he explains. "I open myself as a channel and let the music flow through me."
The virtual watch party for "The Alchemist" takes place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Free tickets are available here.