A music blog from Ireland.
If grumbling was an artform I’d probably be some unknown grumbler one step ahead instead of mingling with mediocre moaners. Yesterday, I complained about faces in music videos and bands not paying enough attention to artwork. Today, Little Xs For Eyes released the stop-motion short for In Three Years, and there isn’t a zit or crap font in sight. That synchronicity is just a fluke of course, it seems we just like certain ways of making a video a vehicle for good music.
Johnny Fitzsimons is the artist creditable for this lovely three-minute chase around empty space. I love how stop-motion is always a practical demonstration of how it works, how it’s an artistic method invented to create unnatural speeds and movements. It looks fantastic and the most captivating scenes can be made, like this, on the barest budget once there’s an imaginative idea to play with.
In the same vein, Little Xs For Eyes’ debut album S.A.D. is a bit like being locked in a fully-stocked artroom with a group of people who all paint versions the same pictures, filling the air with harmonies as they work away. They hide the paintbrushes to play live though, so you’ll just have to make do with great pop songs this Thursday at Whelans.
Download In Three Years free from Bandcamp.