Posts tagged 'Darcy Prendergast'

Easy Way Out

“Seventeen seconds and I’m over it, ready for the disconnect;
Putting on a brave face, trying not to listen to the voices in the back of my head.”

Have you guys seen Midnight in Paris yet? I highly recommend you check it out. Anyways, there’s this one scene where Ernest Hemingway is asked to read a book by another writer and he preemptively responds that he hates it, even though he hasn’t read it yet. When asked why he says, “If it’s bad, I’ll hate it. If it’s good, then I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”

There’s this weird thing with creative people. We’re inspired to make stuff because we admire stuff other people have made and then, when we finally start to make stuff of our own, some weird deeply-buried insecurities start to rise up and the stuff that used to inspire us now breeds resentment instead.

But that’s just a tendency, not necessarily a rule; every once in a while an artist comes around whose work oozes pure creativity that temporarily severs us from our baser competitive nature, freeing us to relax and truly enjoy what they’ve made. You know, someone like Gotye. Every song he writes sounds completely unique; it’s almost as if he takes a few months off in-between each one to explore a different aisle in some eclectic, well-curated record store.

For example: compare the brooding and contemplative Bronte (which we posted back in December) with the intriguing, subdued, angsty and catchy-as-hell Somebody That I Used to Know (which we’ve been meaning to post) with the Odelay-era Beck dirty-funk-rock of Easy Way Out (conveniently attached to the top of the post).

See what I mean? Anywho, all of the aforementioned tunes are off of the infinitely excellent Making Mirrors which you can buy on iTunes and just about everywhere else. The excellent, perfectly timed stop-motion visuals in the video were directed by Darcy Prendergast and executed by lots of other talented folks at Oh Yeah Wow who, you might recall, also created the super-mellow Rippled so be sure to check that out if you haven’t seen it already. Enjoy!

[ Gotye - Easy Way Out - official film clip ]


“Painstakingly animated frame by frame, the piece is all shot in camera, by real people, in the real world, using long exposure techniques.”

Darcy Prendergast and the talented folks at OH YEAH WOW composed this chill, contemplative (and trippy) music video for All India Radio using long exposure light paintings. Serving Suggestion: lights dimmed and headphones on with phasers set to maximum mellow. Enjoy!

A big thanks goes to Tyler Vanston for the submission, cheers!

[ Rippled- All India Radio ]