Video of the moment
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Here at NCM, we're big fans of Edmonton-based singer/songwriter Colleen Brown, both for her music and her witty and charming video clips. The 2014 clip for "Mountain Man" was a real winner, and she does it again with her just-released new video, for "Soap and Denim".
The track is taken from her current (fourth full-length) album Direction (read our review here). Produced by Joel Plaskett, the up-tempo song (and an album highlight) showcases the vibrant charm of Brown's strong voice. The clip begins with Brown warming up her voice, just prior to taking the stage at Edmonton's Capitol Theatre. She's joined backstage by a couple of stuffed animal pals, one of whom smokes while the other one reads Karl Marx!
Accompanying the singer in her performance of the song are her stuffed animal bandmates Beancake, Joel and Gloop. Clips of the band on tour are inserted, along with some very funny parody covers of albums by David Bowie, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel (Fridge Full Of Troubled Otters!) The crowd at The Capitol (more animals) love it, and so do we.
Deserving credit for excellent work is Mike Robertson at Highwire Films (he filmed, directed and edited) and Trevor Duffy, who built the puppets.
Brown recently played shows across Canada (we caught her at The Burdock in Toronto), and is now touring in Germany and England. She plays the Robson Valley Festival in BC in mid-August.