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Jason Schwartzman performs a floating mind in musical journey ‘The Clever Escape’

The Clever Escape is an idealized imaginative and prescient of the whole lot the music trade may very well be, straight out of the mind of Australian rockstar Johnny Galvatron. In 5 years of improvement (not less than), The Clever Escape has reworked right into a psychedelic journey recreation with a residing soundtrack of unique folks and rock music, a solid of ridiculous characters, otherworldly environments, and a roster A-list voice actors, together with Jason Schwartzman, Lena Headey, Michael Johnston, Carl Weathers and Mark Robust.

The Clever Escape is ready to hit Xbox One, Xbox Collection X and S, and PC on September ninth, priced at $20. It will hit Recreation Cross on the similar time, and it is being printed by indie hit-maker Annapurna Interactive.

Galvatron is the frontman of The Galvatrons, a high-energy Australian rock group that toured the continent and opened for bands like Def Leppard and Low-cost Trick within the late 2000s. Nevertheless, for the previous few years, Galvatron has been a recreation developer at first. Within the 2010s, he used YouTube movies to show himself how one can create a recreation in Unreal, constructing off the 3D animation and coding programs he took again in school, proper earlier than Warner Music signed him. He then founded a studio, rented some workplace house, secured a take care of Annapurna, and someplace alongside the way in which, he ended up in a recording sales space with Jason Schwartzman.

“We simply frolicked and spoke about David Bowie and Bob Dylan and video video games and stuff,” Galvatron stated. “And it was similar to, it was a second for me. He got here into the studio and he had like a cape and he had a dressing robe and like an umbrella and a bit of tiny Korg synth. He introduced all this stuff and he put them throughout him and he would really like, do the road with the cape after which he would throw the cape round one other approach, after which he would maintain the umbrella and do the road. I used to be simply on my toes the entire time.”

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In The Clever Escape, the primary character, Francis Vendetti, goes on a multidimensional journey to find his true stage persona — which appears to be a David Bowie-esque shred machine — whereas on the similar time reckoning with the legacy of his late uncle, a Bob Dylan-style folks icon. He travels by means of unusual and trippy worlds, enjoying music and attempting to find his true sound.

To provide a way of the sport’s oddball vibe, Schwartzman performs a large mind perched atop a pile of discarded fish components.

“He’s a very humorous comedian assist character,” Galvatron stated. “Like a really lofty British alien, like a mind floating in an aquarium on a flotilla of goldfish fins. It will make sense if you see it.”

For Galvatron, The Clever Escape is strictly that — an escape. His profession as a mainstream rockstar was in the end unfulfilling, stuffed with pink tape, stagnant forms and awkward interactions. In between reveals, he usually discovered himself curled up within the nook of the tour bus, studying Dune or writing his personal novel, watching the continent fly by.