New Human Highway Video – “The Sound” (Stereogum Premiere)

Amrit Singh | February 25, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Nearly a year after Islanders Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie’s Human Highway side-project presented itself via this sunny standout, the duo is recharging and offering itself yet again, via spring tour, and via fucking with their facial alignments. The former is self-explanatory, for the latter we offer up the video for “The Sound,” which disassembles Nick and Jim’s pretty mugs and sends them floating in a black sea of geometric shapes. Earlier we had called it a “toe-tapper,” turns out it is also an effective ear-tapper.

But wait, there’s more: In a beonlinb-like twist, Nick and Jim have offered up their facial features for interactive reintegration at this address. Drag their facebits around the screen to dynamically adjust track levels and isolate your favorite instruments, or just for a nib of Potato Heady satisfaction. Directed by Olivier Groulx, who also was behind Arcade Fire’s interactive “Black Mirror” clip, so you know what to expect.

Moody Motorcycle is out via Suicide Squeeze. Meanwhile, Nick Thorburn remains hella busy, and Jim remains a hella jingle writer.

Highway on the road:
03/12 – Montreal, QE @ Sala Rossa
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03/14 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
03/15 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar*
03/16 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis**
03/17 – Denton, TX @ Haileys**
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly (Official Suicide Squeeze Showcase)^
03/19 – Austin, TX @ FOUND Magazine Day Party
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Urban Outfitters Day party
03/17 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola Stockyards*
03/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree*
03/22 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
03/23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage*
03/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church*
03/25 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge*
* w/ Cotton Jones
^ w/ Cotton Jones, Past Lives, The Coathangers, These Arms Are Snakes
** w/ Efterklang, Canon Blue