Life Sim: IDL

PC Music has stayed mostly quiet this summer but finally rewarded patient fans with a new track, “IDL,” from the mysterious artist Life Sim (whose IRL identity has yet to be disclosed). The simple electronic instrumental channels early EDM with its ambition to transcend, but “IDL” continuously builds over six minutes, with no satisfying “drop.” Drawing nothing more than mere moments from hundreds of recognizable faces and scenes from cinema, the accompanying music video creates a narrative of universal emotional resonance and understanding. Beginning with vast landscapes before shifting to individuals and ultimately kinetic moments (only to pull outward once again), the editing (by multimedia artist Daniel Swan) synergizes incredibly with the music for a cathartic experience. It’s kind of like a film trailer for films in general.