tUnE-yArDs - "Water Fountain" Video

The playground-stomping “Water Fountain” gets an appropriately child-friendly video, with Merrill Garbus acting as our kooky schoolteacher in a zany after-school special. There’s an overabundance of ideas in the Pee-wee’s Playhouse-inspired clip, from a potato-wielding scientist to a trippy 8-bit interlude. It’s confusing and schizophrenic and proudly operates in a world where everyone is a caricature and everything is bright, which makes it a perfect companion to the tUnE-yArDs aesthetic. “I’d had plenty of ideas for a kid’s show that had been waiting to see the light of day,” director Joel Kefali says. “I didn’t want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic.” Watch below.

Nikki Nack is out 5/6 via 4AD.

Comments (4)
  1. I wish all the tracks on the record were this good…there are some excellent tracks but it’s not as good as Who Kill.

  2. This video is offensive. She’s obviously using those puppets as props.

  3. bummer. i thought that was fred armisen in the video still

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