Monday, May 7, 2012

Glenn Saddler's 'Fais Gaffe Se Tois' illustrates the dangers of not checking yourself before wrecking yourself

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The video for Glenn Saddler’s “Fais Gaffe Se Tois” (above) showed up on the Internet last week. It’s the first of a six-part video series that's put together like scenes from a short film, created by Kyle Drew and Saddler, and co-starring photographer Chelsea Turner. Each of these videos are the counterparts to songs from Saddler’s first proper album, Anthem, which is due out on his self-run FartherOut label on May 18.

“Fais Gaffe Se Tois” is a French slang term that means “watch out for yourself,” which is something like the Frano equivalent of “check yourself before you wreck yourself,” and, as you can see in this pinched hip-hop excursion, the song sets the stage for the first step onto a very slippery slope.

Saddler explains, “The entire short film is about a guy going through a pretty tough stretch of time. Work troubles, break up, existential grief, etc. We wanted to use the character (and his problems) as a stand in for our gen (and out problems). We wanted to pose the questions, 'How do you survive these times?' 'Do you assign blame?' 'Do you try to prevent these things from happening?' or do you just keep your feet moving and hope it turns around?"

Glenn Saddler plays a record release party at the Beatlanta house on Friday, May 18 with Bias the Black, Richelle Brown, aka Cornbread, and Illmont. Free. 9:30 p.m. 197 Howell Drive.

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