I did color for this video (Chris edited) with our friends at Lambkini and we got blogged about by smoovtunes. Hooray! It’s a catchy lil number.
Lambkini just released the latest Behind the Glass exclusive featuring songwriter Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth and the Catapult. In this beautifully shot video, Elizabeth performs “Happy Pop,” a tongue-in-cheek, consciously catchy tune that satirizes the music industry’s penchant for manufactured pop music. Never too grave or inflammatory, Elizabeth cites the subtle cerebral humor of Woody Allen - yes, Woody Allen - as a lyrical influence. ”Here’s a happy pop song,” she sings,” I think I wrote it in my sleep last night… made my old man smile… made my mama proud…. made my label shhhhhhh.” A seasoned recording artist, Elizabeth feels most at home performing in the studio. You don’t have to be a music geek to appreciate Elizabeth’s flawless performance on the 105 year old Bosendorfer piano at pristeen-sounding Studio G Brooklyn. Starting her performance at 2:30 with a minimalist left-hand bass line, Elizabeth shifts suddenly and unexpectedly between light consonance and booming dissonance.
A Behind the Glass video wouldn’t be complete, however, without highlighting the audio engineer behind… the glass. Joel Hamilton, a partner at Studio G, provides some context for his large, multi-room studio amid the sea of amateur recording studios in the heart of Williamsburg. “There’s conditions that no longer lead to [big commercial studios]… me and [partner] Tony [Maimone]… always made music more on the art side than the commerce side. We were predicated on maximizing whatever little bit we got from the label… we wound up thriving in these new conditions… where all the big [studios] are crumbling around us.”
While the visual and sonic aesthetics are totally polished, each Behind the Glass episode is actually a raw snapshot of the NYC music scene and industry on the whole. Leveraging their relationships with the most talented artists and creators to generate the series, Lambkini lets the artist and engineer tell their stories, uninhibited by nosy, obstrusive interviewers asserting an agenda.