A Shadow Puppet Video for a Shadowy Wye Oak Tune
Is it too early to start talking about our favorite albums of 2011? Most reasonable people would respond, “Yes, it most assuredly is.” But let’s ignore those hypothetical responses from hypothetical people and proceed: Wye Oak’s Civilian is a luminous stunner of an album that deserves mention in any serious discussion of 2011’s best music. I’ve sung its praises on this site already, and I’ll likely do it again before the year is up. In fact, you’ll be lucky if I make it to June.
Such lush melancholia is worthy of equally exquisite visual accompaniment. Fortunately, Wye Oak have enlisted the help of visual artists Katherine Fahey and Michael O’Leary, who have created an appropriately sublime and solitary clip for the Civilian track, “Fish”, using shadow puppets and creative lighting. Here’s what Wye Oak members Jann Wesner and Andy Stack had to say about the video in an e-mail to NPR:
“For the video to “Fish,” we collaborated with two Baltimore artists who are near and dear to us. Katherine Fahey did the wonderful painting which graced the cover of our debut, If Children, and we’ve also worked with her on joint art and shadow puppet shows in the past. For this video, she meticulously constructed a shadow puppet show out of her own paper cuts.
Michael O’Leary, whose photograph appears on the cover of Civilian, contributed his inventive lighting and cinematography. Another Baltimore mainstay, Owen Lang, contributed the edit.”
The video was premiered on NPR.org and can be seen here. Tour dates are below.
Apr 12 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Apr 14 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 16 Baltimore, MD – 2640 Space
May 22 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom – Our Band Could Be Your Life show
May 28 George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
Jul 18 New York, NY – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon