Alabama born (but Brooklyn bred) anti-folk group Balthrop, Alabama
(who give Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire a run for their money in the "number of band members" department) have a new music video out for their single "Pretty Little Bird" which we have the pleasure of premiering. Set in a world that seems culled right out of a children's television program (think old school Nickelodeon programs) with brightly colored crayon-drawn sets, Balthrop, Alabama pair semi-subversive and dark lyrics with these innocent images to create a visually and intellectually striking video which hints at a disturbance just beyond the images on display.
In 2006, Alabama-born songwriter-siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop moved to New York City to start a band and ended up founding a town. Balthrop, Alabama (population 11 or so) is their bustling folk rock township.
Musically, the band straddles the fine line between antebellum and antifolk, reconstructing indie pop with songs of love, dead people, and dead people in love. In 2007, they released their double-album debut, Your Big Plans and Our Little Town, on the nascent End Up label, to be followed up by a series of EPs, of which God Loves My Country is the first. In 2012, the band will release its first studio album "We Have Electricity". The band plans to release a music video for each song on the record.
Their new album We Have Electricity will be released on April 10, 2012 via the band's own End Up Records.