Kanye West’s new video for the trunk-rattling, King Crimson-sampling Power is fascinating. Billed as a “moving painting,” what it really reminds me of is Robert Wilson’s VOOM portraits, taken to the Nth degree in typical Kanye style.

Wilson’s video ‘portraits’ involved celebrities such as Isabella Rossellini, Robert Downey, Jr., and Brad Pitt, and really calls for a dark gallery and large screen in order for the odd combination of unsettling contexts and creepy, found-sound-type noise collages to be truly appreciated, but you won’t need any such dedication to enjoy Kanye’s half-serious, half-self-deprecating take on the genre.

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