Following their first single, "You Are a Tourist", for which a live online music video debacle just took place, comes the second single from Death Cab For Cutie's new album. The new track, "Home Is a Fire" is one of the softer Death Cab tracks, but maintains the racing presence of urgency that can sometimes be found underneath their peaceful demeanor. There is something hypnotizing about the music this band delivers, and "Home Is a Fire" continues their saga of enchanting material. Their new album, Codes and Keys comes out on May 31st from Atlantic, and you can check out "Home Is a Fire" below, and also watch the new music video for "You Are a Tourist".
For those who don't know, the band decided to film a single take music video for "You Are a Tourist" and broadcast the entire event live on Ustream yesterday. Leading up to the actual recording, viewers didn't see much except for an aerial shot of the space, and occasionally heard directors shouting out instructions or a countdown. The end result however, got much more interesting.
Admittedly, the music video is a little bit 80s with the kaleidoscope themes and, frankly, I began to wonder if I was watching the original Tron movie celebrate Christmas. But once you get over the basic aesthetics, it is easy to appreciate the accomplishments of the video. The precision is commendable, considering it was not only done in one take, but also with every participant aware of how many people were watching them online. The showgirl choreography could have been cheesy, but actually made the visual interpretation of the musical notes more fun. The colorful, flashing lights corresponding with the song's rhythm was the focus of the video, and did a good job of holding viewers' attention.
All in all, this could have been a disaster. But it actually turned out to be pretty interesting and provided a rare glance behind the curtain that we've been deprived of since MTV canceled Making The Video. Watch the final product and the fifteen minute stream below.