Here's the first music video for a song from the debut album by Dunedin, New Zealand band Opposite Sex. You can listen to the album here: oppositesex.bandcamp.com/ or via iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/opposite-sex/id476474705
The album is also released in the UK on LP and CD by Fishrider Records (NZ) in association with Occultation Recordings (UK) occultation.co.uk - More info on the Fishrider website here: fishriderrecords.com/
Opposite Sex relocated to Dunedin from their hometown of Gisborne in 2011 bringing with them their strange and wonderful songs. Their music ranges from oddly poppy carnie waltzes like "Sea Shanty" through to manic spiky post-punk lo-fi pop weirdness.
The "Sea Shanty" video was made in true Dunedin lo-fi DIY style on a zero budget with minimal props and a make-it-up-as-we-go film shoot. The challenge was - how do we make a video about living underwater when no-one wants to get wet because it's winter and it's cold? The solution was some foil building paper, a green light and some kelp from the beach.
Lucy (the "Narrator" here, and songwriter, vocalist, bassist, trumpet and piano player on the album) and Tim (the "Merman" here and songwriter, drummer and vocalist on the album) got into character brilliantly. Guitarist Fergus is still living in the North Island so he had his photographer friend Daniel Phillips take some photos of him playing his self-made Jaguar guitar while wearing an old wetsuit. These were then animated so he could be in the video.
I shot the video on an Olympus Pen-1 camera, using a semi-fisheye lens from an old video camera, attached to the Olympus lens with gaffer tape. I then created a series of fish-related animations and overlays. Some are stop-motion, others use a variety of experimental live-motion techniques. I edited it using Magix Movie Edit Pro software.
You can find out more about Opposite Sex and their album (released on LP and CD in November 2011) here: fishriderrecords.wordpress.com/opposite_sex/
You can download the song free at their bandcamp.com page too: oppositesex.bandcamp.com/
The album is released on 23 April 2012 in the UK by Fishrider records in association with Occultation Recordings occultation.co.uk
“The new wave of New Zealand pop begins here....it’s remarkable, leaping from sea-sick waltzes and crunchy post-punk to ADD-pop (see the hyper opener “La Rat”)” 4 stars (out of 5) Uncut
“truly pure and slightly feral...You'll find yourself really touched by their dreamy, wonky lop-sided songs which have the original wild NZ spirit in spades” 5 stars (out of 5) Norman Records
“It’s all highly addictive, the sort of record that gets into your machine and refuses to budge.” Leicester Bangs (UK)
“a wonderfully spontaneous album... Sitting somewhere between oddball pop and disjointed 1970s No Wave, the album...It’s a debut album that contains all the elements you desire...” 8/10 Kicking Against the Pricks
“...one of those amazing pieces of ragged art that must simply be heard to be believed...Get it.” 9/10 Popmatters.com
New release of the day: OPPOSITE SEX s/t CD (Fishrider), “the next wave of swoony Dunedin New Zealand pop.” WFMU Radio New Jersey
“off-kilter pop of the finest order” Dagger ‘zine (USA)
“A very promising band that has everything necessary, originality bursting from their fingertips and their first album has by far exceeded all expectations.” Band of the Day - Festivalrykten
"blending French ye-ye pop with classic ’77 artpunk, sugary sweet vocal delivery and tons of waltz. Truly a unique band with a sound completely their own" Art is the Enemy (Sweden)
“Opposite Sex is the most charming thing you've heard....We thank New Zealand for this gem.” Our Favourite (Sweden)
"Thirteen razor sharp power pop pieces, sounding simply great... A brilliant and odd record." Vital Weekly
“Opposite Sex...have synthesised the whole epic story of post-punk into one rather tousled album... It’s all done with the kind of nonchalance, jubilation and candour you’d expect from people their age.” Les Inrockuptibles
“possesses the vitality of music made outside of any established scene... The band chases the muse along undulating melodic paths, making pop music that is mercurial, naive, ambitious and unaffected... 13 utterly original tracks.” 4 stars (out of 5) Otago Daily Times
“weird and fantastic... Opposite Sex is one of the most infectious local debuts of recent years.” 8/10
“head-nodding, chanting strangeness – the same eerie shimmer that bands like Black Tambourine and The Raincoats achieved.” Volume #15
“Where pop and anti-pop collide... wonderfully curious and weird.” Cheese on Toast
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