It’s clear to me now, not so much in his Boogie Nights phase, that director Paul Thomas Anderson is not only a director who sees images through music, but in recent years it’s been the more eclectic vibes that he’s been harnessing for his pictures. One need only watch, what I believe to be, the beginning of his avant-garde obsession with odd soundtracks, There Will Be Blood. Him and Radiohead member Johnny Greenwood, wove a tapestry of strange and ethereal landscapes that wont soon be forgotten by anyone whose seen that film. That being said, I’d certainly love to know how P.T. Anderson wound up working on the video for this “Tune Yard-esque” track “Hot Knife” of Fiona’s fourth album The Idler Wheel.
Watching the video…I get it, but strangely enough I don’t feel P.T. Anderson’s stamp on this. This video got too literal for my taste. Let me explain…there are about a million videos on youtube that feature novice singers all doing this multilayer sound scape, which I thought we had seen the last of, but apparently not. I swear to G-d they are all doing the same thing. Not to say it’s not cool to look at, but this video went exactly where I’d expected it to go.
I’ll say this for the girl though, she does get to work with cool directors like Mark Romanek who directed her Across the Universe video and now P.T.
Enough about this little brat…let me stop. In addition to making videos, P.T. Anderson is at work right now on the film starring Joaquin Phoenix called Inherent Vice. It’s based on a story by Thomas Pynchon, the story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (played by Jaoquin Phoenix), who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.”
Sounds very P.T. Enjoy Fiona!