Amanda Palmer starts album rollout with stop-motion marvel
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra posted its “Want It Back” music video today, and it’s beyond cool: a combination of stop-motion animation and great, hand-painted typography that lets the lyrics to the song play across Palmer’s bed, naked body and even her tongue. (That must have been a difficult few frames to prepare and shoot.)
A “censored version” of the video will be made available online, Palmer said, but she hopes the video will be widely seen in its original form despite some nudity.
“It’s using the body as a raw canvas, which I love,” Palmer said. “I’m so comfortable being naked at this point that I almost forget … I’m also proud that that video has nudity, but it isn’t sexual or erotic.”
The video is by Australian director Jim Batt and was shot in Melbourne while Palmer and her band were recording the album this past spring, according to Palmer’s 8ft. Records label.
“I’ve never made a video with such a small, concentrated art crew, and it was magic,” she said. “For three days straight it was just me, Jim, the tattoo-graffiti artist Curran James and a painstaking process as we created the video, shot by shot by shot.”
While Palmer called Batt a visionary and hoped the video shone a light on Melbourne, which “is harboring some of the best creative minds in the world,” Batt called Palmer “a champion” for sitting still while the crew worked.
“Hand-crafting a film frame by frame is always an intense experience, even more so when you’re using someone’s body as a canvas, but there’s something magical about stop motion that you can’t capture any other way. I’m still impressed that we managed to get Amanda to sit still for that long,” Batt said.
The album, “Theatre is Evil,” has a Sept. 11 release date. The 35-date tour starts the day before in Philadelphia, with Boston’s Paradise Rock Club getting three dates, Nov. 15-17. A limited amount of tickets are available to fans today at amandapalmer.net. Tickets will be on sale to the general public on Friday.