“Froggie,” the first track from Will Eastman’s Hilo LP, is named after the second plague of Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus, when frogs rained from the skies until Pharaoh released the Israelites from enslavement. For Eastman, the idea of frogs raining from the sky is just as startling and unbelievable as the time he first discovered he was adopted in 2013 when he was 45 years old. Since then, Eastman has met his birth family, battled depression, and discovered an entirely new identity. Throughout this life-changing experience, Eastman channeled his thoughts, emotions, and struggles through music, and turned an intimate identity crisis into a beautiful soundtrack.
Animated by Kevin Chambers (who also DJs and produces under the moniker, Flash Frequency), the music video for “Froggie” features various teal, rust, gold, and red-colored orbs and streams, swirling and intertwining to the steady beat of the music. The fluid movement of the shapes becomes hypnotic and consuming against “Froggie” and its textured palette of ominous synths, pitter-pattering percussion, and echoing vocals. The video flashes between different cross-sections of swirling designs, almost as if each moving image is a smaller piece of a bigger picture.
The Hilo LP follows Eastman’s Free Fall EP teaser and is slated for release on March 7 with an accompanying website (also designed by Chambers) that features different visuals for each track. Hilo is named after the town and airport in Hawaii where Eastman landed to meet his birth family for the first time. And even more, Hilo is the compelling soundtrack of his rebirth—the simultaneous highs and lows, loss and discovery, and hurt and healing—as exciting as it is disorienting.