The new video for The Fiery Furnaces song “Charmaine Champagne”, from the new album I’m Going Away.
“A welcome comeback on this, their most accessible record in years… The pleasures are immediate and unforced… They definitely know their way around a good tune. Have a drink and sing along.” – Pitchfork, 7.8/10
“In a career full of stylistic zigzags and more music than most bands produce in two decades, The Fiery Furnaces are at it again… this is bound to be considered one of their peak moments.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, 4 stars
The video for “Charmaine Champagne” is a stop-motion animation of drawings by Mike Reddy (graphic designer for the band’s album covers), photographs of the band and animated color backgrounds: silkscreened color fields and cubes and action painting by Hannah Cole. The video was directed by Phillip Niemeyer of Double Triple.
The video and the drawings in it are inspired by New York in the summertime. Charmaine is in there, too, Where’s Waldo style – she hides for a frame or two dining alone outside or posed in a doorway. Also notice an Albers “Homage to a Square” hanging in Eleanor’s room.
You can see lots of stills, production shots and more about the making of this video here.