My seven year old son pointed me to this video. I didn’t even know he knew what music videos were, but here he is, pointing me to a video of a song I knew but didn’t know he knew. Parenthood is awesome.
So, here’s a video created for Adult Swim’s show Off The Air, one of the many truly bizarre animated wonders that fills the late-night Cartoon Network timeslot. The video features nine different animators (Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFreakbean), each with a unique style, illustrating a portion of the excellent Dan Deacon song “When I Was Done Dying.” I’d first heard the song on KEXP earlier this year, which prompted me to download the album. It’s great, and this video just makes it all the more interesting.
This is apparently not the first time Deacon has teamed up with Off The Air’s director/editor Dave Hughes. The entire second season of the show is a long-form music video for 22 minutes from Deacon’s 2012 album America. The song featured above is from Deacon’s 2015 album Glass Riffer.