A little while back everyone was going crazy for that Grizzly Bear video that looked like melty clay… and in my opinion was pretty lame. In comparison is this video for the Bowerbirds song In Our Talons, which is off of their 2007 album Hymns for a Dark Horse. Pretty much the entire video is done in stop motion and looks absolutely amazing, way better then that clay crap.
I think my favorite part is when the crow starts dancing. He rolls into a ball, his feathers change colors, and overall he looks pretty dang real. The crab dancing is funny as well, though the best is when he’s spinning in place, it’s so magical looking. But I think the most beautiful shot overall has to be the praying mantises facing off against each other in the middle of a wildfire. Just writing it out it sounds awesome… and the ending is quite poetic and beautiful.
The video was directed by Alan Poon, who should get some sort of medal for this video. This is how you do stop motion.
The first video off of Jónsi’s upcoming album Go has been released and boy is it a doozy. Musically the song gives me chills. It’s yet another reason to be really excited by this album. I love the way that he chopped up his voice, giving it a bird-like chirp that’s pretty rad. Everything he does always sounds so lush and full of enthusiasm, I don’t know how he does it. Plus listen for the flute part, it’s great.
As for the video it’s kind of insane and reminds me of Tori Amos… I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. It’s certainly pretty but he just looks nuts. Maybe he’ll get a part in Batman 3 as the Birdmaster?
When you think of Japanese ukelele players you probably think of adorable knit figures, right? Well after you watch the video above you’ll always relate those things together. U900 is a ukelele duo that have made the two awesome videos above with feature a black rabbit and a non-plussed looking bear recording a couple songs on the beach and in the studio. I’m totally in love with these characters are pretty catchy as well. Hopefully 7-11 teams up with these guys next so I can have a U900 Pumpkin Latte.
We’re gonna start the day off with kind of a creepy video which comes from the band Babe Rainbow. Babe Rainbow is the alter ego of Canadian musician Cameron Reed, who makes some really creepy electronic music, so the video definitely works for this. The video is for the song Shaved, which comes off of the EP of the same name which came out this week. The video kind of reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood mixed with The Descent with a splash of The Good Son… you know, but with girls. The video was directed by a collective named Salazar and I think they did a great job of creeping me out, though I’m not quite sure what happens at the end, any ideas?
It’s a little late in the day for the wallpaper, but sleep was more important last night. This week we have a very busy and talented young dude from the UK named Alex Mathers. Alex is all over the place these days. You might find him creating illustrations for his personal site, or writing about interesting art and design on his blog Ape on the Moon, or on Red Lemon Club, a site that’s dedicated to helping freelance creative types promote themselves and their work. Clearly he’s got a lot on his plate, but somehow he manages to make it all work.
Yet amid his busy schedule he was able to create the rad wallpaper you see above. I”m not 100% sure what it mens exactly but it sure is cool looking. I really love all of the colors and the wave patterns which appear all over. Thanks again Alex for the wallpaper.