Premiere: Watch Invisible Familiars’ Video ‘New Mutation Boogie’

Experimental indie band Invisible Familiars have created a sound completely unlike anything we’ve ever heard, or at least liked. Their track “New Mutation Boogie” incorporates mechanical tinkerings, as if recorded in a pulsing factory. Tribal percussion, a swelling bass that lives below the beat like a haunting poltergeist, and a lo-fi, abraded construct of singer Jared Samuel’s voice define the song. Directed by Chris Tucci, and premiering today on BlackBook, the video fits the song’s title and essence perfectly. Commencing with a palpitating heart, we see animated figures morph into one another, eerily yet effortlessly, manifesting swaying trees, a scorching sun, a dancing animal kingdom, and a range of hypnotic, geographical shapes, mostly colored with neon lights. About the video, Samuels tells us:

“Tucci is both a curator and an animator of the highest order, following in the polymath tradition of the great and elusive Harry Smith, whose gigantic portrait hangs in the lobby of New York’s Ace (formerly the Breslin) Hotel. It is then surely no coincidence that Chris has held court there every Sunday for six years and counting, DJing and choosing bands for the monthly residencies and somehow still finding time to hone his own unique visual craft.”

Additionally, Tucci comments:

“Jared and I have been running in the same creative circles here in NYC for a long time. I had seen Invisible Familiars play live a few times and became a fan of their music, but we really kindled a friendship when I invited him to play the Sunday Night Live Music Series at Ace Hotel. At that point, Jared was about to release a record he had been working on for quite some time. When I expressed interest in collaborating on a project with him, we met for coffee and he let me listen to the record. I was totally blown away.

 My animated work almost always involves the use of a multiplane animation stand that I built in my studio. This gives flat images the illusion of three dimensional depth, an early animation technique popularized by Disney in the 50’s. Every element of the video was drawn by hand and then animated through either stop motion or manipulated digitally. For this video I wanted to bring an impressionistic feel to the animation, rather than strictly relying on the lyrics for the visual framework.  Unlike other animated projects I’ve worked on where there were very specific shot lists and storyboards created, ‘New Mutation Boogie’ had a certain improvised workflow which allowed me to create each of these scenes in the moment.”

Enjoy the video below, and check out Invisible Familiars’ upcoming tour dates supporting Cibo Matto.

06/25 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom
06/26 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
06/29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/30 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

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