19 August 2010

Work by Shynola

A few years ago, a work project meant that I had to nip down to London to visit the studio of Shynola. The four-strong team had been doing animation work for the likes of Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Lambchop and Unkle [subsequent commissions have included work for Orange, Nike, Playstation, Natwest and Honda].

Anyway, that name-dropping preamble was really to allow me to say that I've always admired the way that they consistently create an unexpected visual representation for a piece of music and, visiting them, it was obvious that music was a major influence. Before we went to a local pub to chat more informally about their output, that work space was being soundtracked by a succession of material: a lot of it then appeared to be stuff from the Domino roster. But it might have just been on that particular day.

The first featured Blur video in this post - while one of Shynola's - additionally features the unmistakable illustrations of David Shrigley. It's a real contrast to the style employed for the second: a video for Lambchop's 'Is A Woman'. Both are great and beautifully paced.

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