Video Premiere: Invisible Familiars Rock Out on Unfamiliar Instruments

by nylon

Warning: The new Invisible Familiars video may send you on a couple of errands.more

The first is to the record store, where you'll ask the scruffy know-it-all behind the counter for Disturbing Wildlife, the debut album from this quirky Brooklyn indie-pop band. He'll kindly (or not so kindly) tell you the record isn't out until January 27, on Other Music Recording Co., so for now, you'll have to make do with the "Heavenly All" visuals, which we're pleased to premiere today.

The other trip this clip will send you on is a pilgrimage to Guitar Center, where you'll ask the pony-tailed know-it-all behind the counter for some of the rad instruments Invisible Familiars leader Jared Samuel and his crew play in the vid. Again, you'll be out of luck.

"We played some imaginary instruments in an attempt to illustrate the exaggerated, almost cartoonish nature of the sounds in the tune," Samuel tells NYLON Guys. "Mostly we were just having fun."

Samuel has performed with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, featuring Sean Lennon, and when describing this terrific song (ft. Nels Cline on guitar), the multi-talented singer and songwriter defers to new band member N.M. Berman, who calls it "fuzzy and angular, full of jump-cuts." Same goes for the video, Samuel says.

"Thank you to Nathan West and William Kitchings for their skillful eyes," Samuel adds. "I believe this to be the first ever usage of squishy synth faces and a banana/playing-card kalimba. So... um... yer welcome, world."