My first commercial spot. I love all the weird things they have in the store and I love watching them come to life thanks to the animation skills of Thom Proctor.
I was motivated by a desire to make something wistful and cheery after being told that I made “dark art”. Days of mapping out the distance and timing of shots culminated into one 6 hour live-action animation process that was very fun to be part of. With Thom and Attila on the same set, the biggest problem is really just to stop laughing long enough to get the shot. The ephemera that dances on the tabletops were toys that Thom has had since he was a small child, of which, his favorite is the little blue octopus introduced at 0:56.
Attila Balazs and I directed and edited this together from a concept that came to me while riding the bike around town listening to Magnificent Bird on headphones. This was the first time that I’ve been able to work with real studio lights, which allowed me to capture some “film noir style” shots. I will remember this as one of the easiest, funniest and most efficient video shoots I’ve ever done, even though it rained on us the whole time. Shot in 10 hours at 7 locations during one very rainy weekend.
This album was mostly recorded in the late summer and fall of 2010 at my house. My upstairs neighbor Tristan had introduced me and Chris to lots of new music and dragged us out of the creative rut we had found ourselves in as Ghost of Monkshood slowly and quietly came to an end. These new inspirational forces like Laurie Anderson and Talk Talk, made me want to make more rhythmically driven music with fewer parts and less overdubbing with the focus being on the energy and feeling of each song. Old habits die hard though, and after laying down some highly charged rough takes we did drift back into our comfort methods of overdubbing and effecting tracks until the project was growing so complex that it was beginning to lose it’s feeling. In these long months of waiting for tracks to be tinkered with enough to “sound right”, FRMR developed into a performing group and the studio tracks were sounding less and less like what we were enjoying doing live. So, I decided to upload these tracks in their current state (with additional remixes done by some of our friends) in an effort to spark growth and momentum.