The Golden Filter, who made beautiful music in the shadows of our CMJ party, maintain the mystery in this aesthetically tight (see “Sold Gold“) Warran Wright-directed video for “Thunderbird.” When we first posted the track, I thought it was helpful to offer up Penelope and Stephen’s (or their label’s) background thoughts on the song. It’s worth a refresher:
The Thunderbird of the title refers to a bird of Native American mythology when used in chant ceremonies symbolises purification and healing. There are several theories about the origin of the Thunderbird, but the most common is that it is a Condor, a gigantic breed of vulture that once flew over the West Coast of the Americas, and now only lives in Chile.
Also, recall the thunderbird-in-the-sand element of the single’s cover art. That’s only the half of it.
Two other versions:
The “Thunderbird” 12″ is out via Dummy. You should watch this, too: