Monday News – NSFW Califone Video for “Frosted Tips” Plus Tour

doc080posterforwebCalifone has shared a new video for their single, “Frosted Tips” today with SPIN. Directed by Jared Varava, the video peers into the private lives of a single apartment building’s denizens. Celebration, birth, sex, death, and lust all find their way into these windows.

Varava says, “I first heard Califone ages ago, back when I was in college and my brain was still spongy enough to process copious amounts of music. Over a decade after that, I cold called this guy Tim Rutili to ask if he’d be interested in scoring a short film I made. He agreed, proceeded to compose one of the most beautiful ditties I’ve ever heard, and I’ve been vastly in his debt ever since. This video is my modest way of contributing to that giant karma machine and impressing the pants off the starry-eyed, college-aged me.”

“Stitches as an album tackles some big ideas, and it seemed necessary to emulate that bigness cinematically. Travis Button, Josh Inch, and Alexandre Naufel all brought their otherworldly talents to realize this sense of scale. Also, that girl dancing with the dog is really pretty, don’t you think?”

 Watch “Frosted Tips” (NSFW)

 

Earlier this year, in a groundbreaking use of Tumblr, Califone, in conjunction with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau, also debuted the video for their first single, “Stitches.” This ever-changing ‘music video’ creates itself on the fly using static imagery and animated GIFs drawn from a curated subset of blogs within the Tumblr ecosystem. It is available via a secret link by clicking “show me your stitches” in the lower left hand corner at califonestitches.tumblr.com

The interactive video was featured on Mashable, The Daily Dot and VICE’s Motherboard blog. Morgan Spurlock and Superchunk both enjoyed the experience as well. Watch “Stitches” on Tumblr

Stitches is out now on Dead Oceans. Anchored by Rutili, the disc threads together a flock of musicians from different times and places, sounds he recorded in his backyard and while driving his car, gritty electronics, eerie keyboards, garage sale drum machines. All these disparate parts are sewn together at their adjoining borders to create something that sounds wholly new.

Califone will be on tour in Europe through November and December. In 2014, Califone will tour North America for the months of January and part of February. A full set of dates is listed HERE

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