Elvis Perkins has revealed an absurdist animated video video for “See Monkey,” a track of his newest album, Creation Myths (MIR/Petaluma Records). He previously noted that the song is an “everything’s gonna be alright sort of song, a ‘we’re all only returning to the source’ sort of song, from the monkey that is me to the monkey that is you.” The video was created, produced, and directed by Shwalami, a collaborative art-making system, created by artists and life long friends, Joshua Levy and Greg Wilk. It debuted via Brooklyn Vegan who notes, “The cut-and-paste style here recalls Terry Gilliam’s iconic work with Monty Python, bringing the sort of eye-catching, old-fashioned ads you might see in the back of a comic book to vibrant life.” Elvis tells them, “first thing that comes to mind regarding the ‘See Monkey’ video is, somehow, the leitmotif from Robocop ‘I’d buy that for a dollar.’ The good Shwalami people have updated the snake oil hock for the present day: ‘All your eyes can eat for no dollars at all.’” Watch “See Monkey” here.
Creation Myths was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Guster, Benjamin Booker) and marks the first album Perkins has released since his soundtrack to the 2017’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter, a film directed by his brother, Osgood. The LP makes subtle nods to Americana and spooky, blissed-out folk, but never lights for too long on any one spot. If there is a lyrical or thematic through-line to Creation Myths, it might simply be a longing for connection, be it romantic or spiritual. He notes, “Sometimes you do the best things when you don’t know what you’re doing yet. I called this record Creation Myths because, in a way, I really don’t know how these songs came into being. So they are the explanation of themselves.”