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The name says it all. In the new music video for “Glass Of The Microscope,” the band members of Yeasayer sport lab coats and peer at a microscopic world that is reminiscent of art. The video proves to be just as eerie and dreamlike as the song, which is the last track off of their album Fragrant World. With swirls of color, abstract shapes, and – was that an animal fetus? – it’s sure to be a memorable one.
The Brooklyn-based band ventured to the Netherlands for the perfect laboratory setting they had in mind for the video. The first part of the music video was filmed in the tower of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, which is home to thousands of fossils and animal preserves. This explains the chilling images of monkey skeletons and bottled animal fetuses shown in the video. The remainder of the video was shot at Leiden University, which is famous for its early development of the microscope.
Ruben van Leer, a Dutch filmmaker with an infatuation for linking science and art, seemed like a natural choice to direct the five-and-a-half minute long video. His visual work for “Glass Of The Microscope” can best be described as beautifully bizarre and trance-like – a description that also fits Yeasayer’s music. See for yourself and peer through the glass of the microscope with Yeasayer below. ***Note: embed video here. URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S12pask9Ng&feature=player_embedded