Museum of the Moving Image Spectacle is a new exhibit at The Museum of the…
- Posted on Nov 10th 2010 1:00PM by Brian Voerding
The photos, stitched together in stop-motion, show whimsical scenes of blustery evenings, forests made of guitars and, curiously, animals pushing a baby carriage and a shoe off a cliff. There are no drum machines, no track suits, no fancy tricks -- just Damian Kulash strumming an acoustic guitar, singing a moody ballad about longing and the patience of love.
It's a stark departure from the band's recent buzzworthy, hyper-produced mélanges such as the dog-friendly 'White Knuckles' and the live-action stop-motion 'End Love.' That's strange, given that OK Go are arguably more famous for their videos as for their catchy brand of indie pop.
The new video certainly doesn't have the outsized flash of 'This Too Shall Pass,' released earlier this year and featuring a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg contraption that skitters bowling balls, swings sledgehammers and destroys a piano. Nor does it inspire home-brewed dance routines like 2006's 'Here It Goes Again,' which showcased the band's intricate ballet on a set of moving treadmills.
And that's why, in a way, the video is a welcome addition to their catalog. It's quiet, intimate, beautiful (and, dare we say, delicious). For the first time, the band has produced visuals that inform and complement the music, and that alone is compelling enough for a watch.