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.
One of Toronto’s most prolific and delightfully whacked musical brains teams up with one of Toronto’s visual champions to create the bundle of over-stimulation that is “We Dance to Yesterday.” Directed by Sean Michael Turrell (who’s done a previous Workman video, along with lots and lots of others), Hawksley Workman’s new single, “We Dance to Yesterday,” is part Japanese game show and part hyperactive kids show and is the lead single from his upcoming (and ongoing—singles will be trickled out digitally until the full spring release) album, Milk.
A straight-up polished pop-rock nugget about the soundtrack of your life (and the inevitable irrelevancy that occurs as you age and pop culture stays young), the colour-saturated video features a totally (mullet) wigged-out Workman as an over-enthusiastic roadie/henchman to a bunch of radio-punk pin-up types. Bizzaro Hawksley storms the set like a seasoned slapstick performer, making a mess and stealing the drums and…playing a cake like it’s a keyboard. Does anyone else smell a new meme?