Frog Eyes – “The Sensitive Girls” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The video for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls” — a song from one of 2010’s most overlooked albums Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph — was directed by the London-based Russian artist Marsha Balaeva. She used just under 1,000 hand-drawn ink and pencil drawings to create the clip, the first project she’s done in color. Carey Mercer loosely outlined his thoughts on the song (and came up with the clip’s closing sequence). Otherwise, it was Balaeva’s vision. She had this to say about it:

In “Sensitive Girls” what attracted me most was the theme of urban gloom and despair where everything you look at is palpably wrong and menacing yet fascinating in some way … At the start of this collaboration Carey outlined his vision of this song and his mentioning of faux religious imagery gave me the main theme for the storyline. He also came up with the finishing sequence when the bird is flying out into the light of a crystal pyramid. The majority of the city backdrops are based on actual streets and buildings of Liverpool, Manchester and London, they are quite real. A lot of the characters and objects can be traced back to various religious cults and practices like the dog with the pins. In Kongo wooden figurines of dogs and men were used by ‘baganga’ (healers) to perform rituals and if magic was successful a nail was added to it, so the most powerful objects were studded with nails.

Take a look.

Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph is out via Dead Oceans. Since we’re talking about it, here’s an acoustic version of one of the album’s standouts “Violent Psalms” shot by the Canadian music channel AUX.TV.

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