Thursday, 5 November 2009

J. Tillman: Though I Have Wronged You

Any music video that keeps viewer attention for the duration deserves commendation. If the video only does so by being text-based though, this is faint praise indeed.

Enter the clip for J. Tillman’s “Though I Have Wronged You.” We’ve got Mr. Pink Dot and My Green Dot talking about loneliness, ego, and the fleeting nature of fame.

“I feel disconnected,” says Mr. Green Dot.
“How so,” Purple replies.
“I’ve been noticing how the first thing I do in the morning is get on the internet," says Green. "Like, before I even put a shirt on or anything.”

It goes on like for three-and-a-half minutes, running like an episode of Frasier or smarter-than-though web comic XKCD. No info has come out on the director, probably because it was a 9th-grade kid who’d just finished the first chapter of CSS for Dummies. Give the idea a point for inventiveness, but the context’s all wrong.

A video based on DOS-level programming seems like it might work with the 8-bit gitchy tunes of Crystal Castles or their ilk. Indeed, a minimalist approach suits the slow-burn of the Fleet Fox’s song. However, stalks of wheat conversing about the upcoming harvest would fit better than color pixels self-consciously ruminating about web-stalking themselves. Music that sounds 1880s Amish shouldn’t have 1980s Tron thrust upon it.

Verdict: 1/5 stars

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