VIDEO PREMIERE: BRENDAN EDER ENSEMBLE “PURPLE”
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Echo Park’s multitalented Brendan Eder has worked with L.A. RECORD featurees like Sam Wilkes, Colleen Green, Joel Jerome and Paul Bergmann as an arranger, drummer and producer, but he also (and of course!) helms his own Brendan Eder Ensemble, where he can experiment with sound and vision to his heart’s content. His winning “PURPLE” is like Weldon Irvine or David Axelrod soundtracking Fantasia—evocative, imaginative, pastoral and even whimsical, but also big drums—and this new video is almost its own pink-elephants experience, except this is a happy hallucination a la Harry Smith (or Harry Smith working for Sesame Street!) instead of a took-too-much hallucination. It sounds like it’s been put together from a choice selection of painstakingly excavated samples, but it’s all original, and that’s Eder’s standard operating procedure. He thrives on this kind of contrast, and the energy that comes from such unexpected juxtaposition. Says Eder:
“’PURPLE’ sounds to me like animals dancing around in the springtime, like a scene from Bambi. The woodwinds cheerfully utter phrases together and wrapping around each other, conversing like some sort of extraterrestrial life. It’s a language that you can’t comprehend, but you can feel that the energy is good. The bass and drums are the legs and torso, and the winds are the limbs. It’s got a nice spot where the flutist gets to solo too. I started this video swearing that I wouldn’t spend as much time on it as the last one I made (6 months). But I fucked up. I really get into the details with my videos. Some of these shots feature up to 30 layers of individual videos at the same time. I had two people who were going to play my grandma bail on me last-minute. Then an amazing thing happened. Roberta Sloan happened. With her talent and generosity, I finally got the final shots that I needed to close the loop! Now you have a perfectly sound music video that your whole family can enjoy.”