Thursday, June 14, 2007

We Share Our Mother's Health: Hans Appelqvist "Tänk Att Himlens Alla Stjärnor"

Hans Appelqvist "Tänk Att Himlens Alla Stjärnor"

dir. by Andreas Nilsson

Andreas Nilsson, the creative mind behind all those crazy The Knife videos, returns with even more animated hilarity in this new work for fellow Swede Hans Appelqvist. The musician himself fills the song with strange sounds and distracting noises which contrast with his apparently somber tone (we admit, we need a translator). This undercurrent of absurd in the music is used similarly by the director to develop the image of a man playing his guitar amidst rampant silliness. It's quite literally a jungle out there, but Appelqvist seems safe and sound by the campfire with his guitar.

Or perhaps - since we lack the language skills to know for sure - the director has done a completely faithful adaptation of the track and Appelqvist is indeed singing of falling skies, hungry squirrels and the chaos of nature. It may very well be that the singer isn't lost in a strange world, but simply at home in his singular mind. Either way, we'd avoid the defecating man-eating beast at all costs.

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