Thursday, 20 May 2010

Reno Bo "There’s a Light" (2010)

At the weekend I featured a music video made for a pittance by a talented guy who wants to break into the business. Then I featured a movie made by a fan who happens to be a professional. Now it is There’s a Light drawn, directed and animated entirely by the artist himself, Reno Bo, using iMovie, the video editing software. Reno is ex-Mooney Suzuki & ex-Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. In the publicist’s blurb "the video combines elements of modern psychedelia with child-like imagery reminiscent of classic 60's and 70's animation such as Schoolhouse Rock, Monty Python, Yellow Submarine and the drawings of Shel Silverstein." I had a healthy scepticism about such claims but in fact the film is an accomplished piece and should singer stop singing there is an alternative if less lucrative career awaiting. Little boy follows butterfly, seizes balloon and is carried high above a series of montage images that certainly have leanings towards the illustrious antecedents mentioned above. Reno has had fun using text as the lyrics are presented imaginatively. As for the music, there’s something of the embryonic rock anthem about it and no bad thing to attach one’s song to the greats.

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