Video of the moment
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The debut full-length album from Toronto-based mavericks Sunshine & the Blue Moon is not set for release (on Hand Records) until the fall, but the band recently sent us their new video, for the track "Lucy."
They won over this Luddite with their accompanying letter. It reads: "I think it's safe to say we're a nostalgic bunch. We get our music on vinyl or tape, we take our photos and shoot home videos on film, we drive around in my big old boat of a car, anything that brings us a little farther away from the pervasive technologies that dog all of our daily lives."
That approach led them to use super8 film for the clip (we didn't think you could still get that!) and they recruited "our best friend and honorary band member Laura-Lynn Petrick to direct and shoot". The visual talent of Petrick has been used by such other free spirits as Mac Demarco, Calvin Love, and Michael Rault.
The band also explained that "we had no intention of using this footage for a music video, but it just looked so great we thought might as well use it for something. We filmed it in the heart of winter, and we're releasing it now since it seems completely inappropriate!"
The grainy black and white clip features the band members cavorting in a seriously snow and ice-filled landscape that looks sub-Arctic, but for a quick glimpse of what I think is the Toronto skyline. The track itself is a demo recording of an old song, one that has a robust garage meets r 'n b ballad feel.
The song is on a three-track collection of demos you can find on Bandcamp. They were recorded with Christopher Sandes, who was worked with the great Andre Ethier of The Deadly Snakes. Both the clip and song have us wanting to hear and see more.