Nearly everyone I’ve shown this video has said they wished they understood the lyrics. I haven’t been able to find the article for some time, but I remember years ago reading an interview in which the artist said that the video was supposed to be about people’s tendency to shape their identities according to their profession, trying to make themselves more closely resemble some kind of ideal prototype of a master of this occupation. If there are any Russian-speakers out there, maybe you can confirm or refute this?
Regardless of the meaning, there is something I find oh so visually satisfying in the marching sequence and the clay homunculus that accompanies each profession. The rap might be a bit abrasive, but now that this one’s a staple of my collection, I always find myself trying to mumble along despite not speaking a word of Russian.
And if you dig the featured artist, maybe search our archives for Lyapis Trubetskoy…
(Thank you, Warren, for showing me this years ago.)
When a friend showed me this video for the first time, I asked him, “How would you go about making a video like this? How would you describe this vision to a director?” It turns out that you don’t. Carl Burgess was given complete freedom in creating this video for Ratatat, and the finished product was made entirely from stock footage. Here’s a full article on the production: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662128/carl-burgess-director-of-the-years-creepiest-coolest-music-video
And while the above is my favorite, I think it would be dishonest of me to post a Ratatat video for a community like the DPV without tossing in at least one more. I’d say Falcon Jab is probably the most traditionally psychedelic of their videos–that I’ve seen, anyway–but there’s just something all too human in the video for Drugs that made me choose it for my headline this Saturday.
Let’s Enjoy these Cop’s moving Mandalas :) !
And thanks to Ben Labûche for sharing this with me !
Eggshells is an independent low-budget film released in 1969. It is the first film directed by Tobe Hooper. It was written by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper (writers of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).
Tobe Hooper’s first film, Eggshells, released a half decade before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has long been considered a lost film, with there being little hope that a print would surface. The film has attracted attention because it is Tobe Hooper’s first film, as well as that of his co-writer, Kim Henkel, and because, by all accounts, it is very much a slice of life and rare record of Austin circa 1968. Against all odds, a print has surfaced. Eggshells will be shown for probably the first time in close to four decades at the South by Southwest Film Festival 09.
Relax & trip //
Artist – Thriftworks
Album – Hydromancy
She’s bad, but the clip is great!