Annuals made a strong statement for return and reinvention — or at least, their newly learned lesson of bringing “finesse to their dynamics,” as we said a few weeks ago — with the loping symphonic folk of “Sore.” It’s a great tune, and the sort that deserves special video treatment. That’s what it gets here, with the track’s picked acoustic and latter-song swells soundtracking a Pixaresque mini-film of family love, tribal bellicosity, and exploding temples. The band tapped Teqtonik to direct, whose resumé includes work with Mogwai (“Hunted By A Freak”), the Shins, Arcade Fire (“Power Out”), so for their part they embraced the moment. Overall the animated clip packs an unexpected emotional punch, but we guess that’s what makes it pair with the music so well. Besides, we love cartoons.
There’s just something about the family dynamics of fantastical aboriginals that gets us every time, you know? It’s good to be the king (i.e. alive). If you missed it before, don’t now:
Annuals – “Sore” (MP3)
Annuals’ Wet Zoo EP is out via Canvasback.