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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pitchfork premieres new Octopus Project video "I Saw The Bright Shinies"

The Octopus Project - I Saw The Bright Shinies

The Octopus Project's latest video, an animated short for the track "I Saw The Bright Shinies," premiered today on Pitchfork. This new video is the work of Austin freelance illustrator and animator Divya Srinivasan and depicts three sleepy ghost kids following a heterochromic fox through a snowy twilight. When the group discovers an impromptu critter disco in a forest clearing, the spirits and strays dance in harmony until a cranky babushka bemoans the noise and breaks up the party. Thus, the spectral youths return to the astral plane... but not without a final farewell to their new found animal friends.

"I Saw The Bright Shinies" is The Octopus Project's third video from the album Hello, Avalanche. Of the previous two, "Truck" has received over 400,000 views on YouTube, while "An Evening with Rthrtha" has received awards from such prestigious graphics publications as Stash and IDM.

Divya Srinivasan has previously created animated videos for Spoon ("Everything Hits at Once"), They Might Be Giants, The Sundance Channel and Wonder Showzen, and worked on Richard Linklater's Waking Life feature film. Divya's illustration portfolio includes numerous pieces for the New Yorker magazine, as well as the album artwork for Sufjan Stevens' Illinois and This American Life's Stories of Hope and Fear collection. You can see more of Divya's work in her portfolio.

The Octopus Project kicks off yet another tour this weekend on a string of dates up the east coast and into Canada. After several appearances at the CMJ Music Festival, the band will eventually make its way home for a date at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival in November.

» "I Saw The Bright Shinies" official video site
» "I Saw The Bright Shinies" Pitchfork coverage
» Stream The Octopus Project Hello, Avalanche

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