David Knight - 7th Dec 2017

Tune-Yards are renowned for their zany and colourful videos that often feel they could sit comfortably within an episode of Sesame Street. In Brit director Dear Mr Quistgard's video for ABC 123, overall-clad Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have swapped the playpen for the woodwork shop. But apart from that, this is wacky-business-as-usual.

It starts with Garbus's head popping from a tabletop within a miniature electric train track - which becomes one of the running themes in a video. Visual trickery enlivens the unglamourous workspace at every turn, with Garbus omnipresent, often multiplied, and sometimes cut in half, while Brenner does the more mundane stuff.

It could be described as 'disorientating and chaotic' (Paste Magazine), and if so that reflects the bleak lyrics as well as the typically bouncy tune, which includes the line "California's burning down/living in the middle of the sixth extinction". Fun times.  

PRO Credits


DirectorTom Hardiman
ProducerAbi Atkinson
Production CompanySomesuch
Executive ProducerSaskia Whinney
Production ManagerJagoda Litkowiec
1st ADDominic Threlfall
Director of PhotographyDeepa Keshvala
Focus PullerBen Oliver
2nd ACOwen Cant
GafferCraig Hudson
Art DirectorStuart Hudson
WardrobeChelsea Graziano
Hair & Make-upChelsea Graziano
Make-upChelsea Graziano
EditorFouad Gaber
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristJason Wallis
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Director's RepresentationSomesuch
CommissionerGabe Spierer
Label4AD Records
Other creditsFloor Runner: Lois Griffiths Camera Trainee: Max Fomin Art Asst: Julia Chrzanowska Art Asst: Joe Harvey Art Asst: Cameron Gorman

David Knight - 7th Dec 2017

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