Son Ark's new single "Clementine" has been on repeat play over here at RFSL HQ since we caught the band at the Bootleg last week sounding great live. The LA folk-rock six piece is working on their first full-length album The Land of Smoke, and they have an active indie go-go campaign through March 4 to raise funds to cover production costs of recording, mixing & mastering and pressing the record and CD. This week we pass the Video Free Silver Lake baton over to Son Ark, to tell us about some of their favorite and most influential music. Listen: Son Ark "Clementine"
By Son Ark
This is one of the first videos I remember watching all the way through and in a way, the first video that got me into music videos in general. Also, it happens to be directed by Michel Gondry, who would go on to be one of my favorite film-makers. I love this because it's sort of a scratch each others back sort of deal; both artists have grown to become extremely successful in their own rights (possibly because of this collaboration). This is the kind of relationship that always proves to be beneficial for both parties and should continue to happen into the vast beyond. -Robin Harris (Vocals/guitar)
Exquisite corpse is my favorite game - it's highly accessible, sparks the imagination, and you get to hang out with awesome people while you do it, whaaaat? I think it's appropriate that I tell you that I prefer the collective sequencing of words over creating a collage of images, but be assured that I will never turn down either. But, it's not the compilation of words that actually excites me, it's the method by which the reader chooses to perform the Frankensteined prose, forming an intention or meaning out of seemingly random phrases, that draws my attention. Now, If I had to set both this parlour game and my feeling towards said game in a music video, this would be my choice. -Adrian Prohaska (mandolin)
This video is Pon Pon Pon by Kyary Pomyu Pomyu. It makes me feel like I am being made fun of by a 7 year old girl. There are psychedelic skulls, ducks, eye balls, brains and toys. Berry face does the running man, there is a giant box of mac and cheese and toast appears. Its like taking acid in a preschool. -Chris Sousa (Bass)
A band that had the balls to be different. -Patrick Butterworth (Drums)
I don't understand a word of Portuguese but that doesn't stop my from trying to sing along. The arrangement of this tune is great because you don't even know there's a band until half way into the song. I prefer the studio version from Acabou Chorare but there's something to be said about doing a one shot performance video. -Sherman Pascoe (Lead guitar)