Sean Pecknold got his first mentions around here by directing videos for Fleet Foxes, the band of his folk bro Robin. But as we’ve noted, that partnership wasn’t (just) nepotism: “Mykonos” was a lovely oragami-inspired, choreographed visual meditation, and of “White Winter Hymnal” I said “Basically if psychedelic folk music could be made out of animated clay, it would look like this.” So while Sean could theoretically guilt trip Fleet Foxes into hiring him repeatedly, other acts now are hiring him just because he makes compelling clips. Today we learn Pecknold got the nod for Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait For The Others,” and his treatment for it is of a piece with his work for Fleet Foxes: the band isn’t visually embodied, but their music meets surreal illustration (does this song make you think of fencing? No? Well it probably didn’t make you think of Michael McDonald either and we all know how that turned out) via Sean’s enduring fascination with, and creative use of, stop animation … and bands with great harmonies.
Veckatimest is an album.