Taken from the acclaimed album, ‘Nikki Nack’, 2014 has been a great year for Merrill Garbus and band thus far. Their UK touring alone has taken them around the country – to festivals like Glastonbury, End of the Road, Bestival and Festival No. 6, and most recently two outstanding back-to-back sold-out shows at Brixton’s Electric. No dates are confirmed for their return to the UK yet but they will be in Europe next month for a tour that takes in 14 countries and includes a set at Pitchfork Paris.
Of the video, Merrill says “‘I love leaving room for audiences to paint their own mental pictures (of my songs) and as ‘Real Thing’ could mean so many different things for different listeners, it was the one song I didn’t want to make a video for. What changed my mind to make this video was wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people. We chose Tom Jobbins’ idea because he framed the sometimes heavy lyrics in to a Charlie Chaplin-like, humorous idea of me being a box of body parts in a factory. A simple and light-hearted backdrop for some complex and weighty ideas.”
Director Tom Jobbins wrote that “hearing the song made me think of bright patterns and dancing hands! With these initial thoughts in my mind and the song on repeat I envisaged a madcap story about three plastic sisters and an all-singing all-dancing Merrill. It’s a brash and brilliant song and I wanted to match that with the visuals. Merging animation and live action allowed us to create different spaces and bring in lots of visual treats. Merrill was great from beginning to end. Her advice was always to go weirder and wilder, and I think her brilliant performance shows just that.”