Here is the video for Who Knows from, SEESAW, by The Rest. The third in their ongoing series, it features science, the world’s most maddening Rorschach test cards, some super-freaky drawings, 3-D printing, birds, and explosions, roughly in that order. If you watch it with the sound off it still makes perfect sense as a movie, which makes it one of my very favorite kinds of music videos. DON’T FORGET TO FILL OUT THE NTSIB READER SURVEY! 10 questions that should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. Please stand up and be counted and give us your unvarnished opinions!
Always On My Mind is absolutely my favorite song from The Rest‘s SEESAW, so I was very excited when a link for the video below appeared in my inbox. The video itself is kind of weird but in an awesome way. I can’t decide if it’s a love story, a ghost story, a murder mystery, or all of those things at the same time, but it’s beautifully shot and lit and contains my favorite romance trope, which is young lovers dancing in their living room. They also spend a good deal of time wearing giant animal masks and wandering mournfully through fog, which is really just the slightly hallucinatory cherry on top.
There is really nothing that gets my attention like an email encouraging me to watch a video containing puppet fornication. That kind of thing is my Kryptonite. The video is the first of nine which the band intends to make and features puppets and set design by Kori Pop and horses by Amber Edgar. It mixes puppetry with delicately lovely animation and is truly a work of art. It’s also not safe for work OR small children. The song is Hey! is For Horses, and it is from SEESAW, by The Rest. SEESAW is the Record That Almost Wasn’t – everything that could go wrong, did – but happily for all of us, it is also The Little Record That Could, and has made it to the light of day. The last time I wrote about The Rest, I described one of their songs as a “bubblebath of noise” which is still the best description I can give you for their sound. The only thing I would add is that they have the ability to be bouncy and poppy, and also to roar and soar within the same song, like a great dragon opening his wings and lungs to express … Continue reading
Readers, The Rest have a present for you: two of their songs, downloadable for free at their bandcamp, until Halloween. This offering is particularly special as these songs were, along with the rest of their upcoming record, almost lost when their hard drive crashed and were resurrected only with the help of black box technology. The name of the salvaged record is SEESAW, and it will officially be out in 2012; until then, there are two songs from it to enjoy. Always on My Mind is dreamy, heavy, and crunchy at the same time. (Honestly, my first reaction was This is like a big bubblebath of noise. I may or may not be a weensy bit over-fond of fuzzy guitars.) The Last Day is a hair lighter and a shade bouncier, but no less delicious. As a preview of what to expect, here is The Rest with Modern Time Travel (necessities), from their first record, Everyone All At Once: