Sound Tracks: "Tokyo Bicycle" by Hawksley Workman
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Sound Tracks: “Tokyo Bicycle” by Hawksley Workman

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.

Summer brings yet another eye-catching Japan-themed clip from Hawksley Workman, though this time he takes a break from being in front of the camera just a month before he appears in the (questionable?) opening selection of TIFF 2010.
“Tokyo Bicycle,” a track from Workman’s January-released album Meat, features the playful and at times psychedelic work of longtime NFB animator Christopher Hinton. Nominated in the past for two Oscars, Hinton has frequently paired his images with the music of various composers, though this is his first music video. “Tokyo Bicycle,” mixing traditional drawing and photos, is at times as visually overwhelming as the bustle of the city it’s named after. The rest of the quick visual narrative is as lighthearted and upbeat as the (rather simple) song.
And potentially the best part of the nostalgic NFB-ness of the video isn’t even in the video: as told to CBC Radio 3 by Workman’s label, Six Shooter, the original copy of the video sent by Hinton to the label got lost in the mail, causing him to pursue—and get!—a refund from Canada Post.