Sound Tracks: “Underage” by the Hidden Cameras
Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.
The increasingly present Scott Cudmore and the camera that is surely fused to his hand by now are behind the latest Hidden Cameras video from Origin:Orphan, the irresistible electro-tinged “Underage.”
In it, Joel Gibb and co. crash a sleepy neighbourhood, donning face paint and busting out some momentary synchronized arm swings in a crisp, up-close clip that ends up looking like a mash-up, the colourful, psychedelic nonsense of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and the eccentric next-door-neighbour happenings that Tom Hanks tried to uncover in the under-appreciated black comedy The ‘Burbs.
Gibb also shows off a rubber-faced children’s-show-host goofiness here that is central not only to this video’s visual impact, but to the overall taking-the-piss attitude the Hidden Cameras incorporate into even their most indulgent art-pop fantasies. Seeing a grown man sing “let’s do it like we’re underage” never looked so cute.