When you title your movie ODDSAC, you’re not exactly going for a mainstream audience. Still, the weirdness of the “trailer” for the upcoming “visual album” from Animal Collective threw bloggers into a frenzy. What was this so called “visual album” and would it be, like everything the Baltimore experimental indie group touched, a work of pure gold?
The long wait is almost over, as the very first review of the 53-minute experimental film has come in from Sundance. Over at Hitfix, reviewer Katie Hasty called ODDSAC “a very colorful movie that entirely lacks a plot, but is a series of musical and visual motifs to make a whole.”
The “soundtrack,” she said, is not a series of new tracks, “but moods and, at times, predictably, purposefully grating rhythms and riffs.”
Here is a rundown of what Hasty saw in the film. It seems like a mash-up of the natural nymph weirdness of Bowie’s Labyrinth with the pop frenzy of a Ryan Trecartin video — exactly what you’d expect a bunch of bored, artsy guys to come up with as a side project when they’ve got money to burn:
“A wall spews tar as a woman fruitlessly tries to suppress it. A man with a glittery face and gauze wrapped on his head plays an autoharp where no autoharp has business playing. A family of four consumes roasted marshmallows, which then grotesquely consumes them; then, they in turn are consumed by a sad vampire, whom earlier in the film captained a lone canoe… A man with long, white hair sets up a three-piece drum kit in the middle of a rocky, dried river bed and plays consistently, with interspersed rapid-fire cinematic hiccups in the key of heavy metal. Indie-hip girls pretend to bake on a tiny stage built in the middle of the woods as Glitter Face unsupportively chides them until they all erupt in a food fight.”
Sounds great! Your YouTube of the day is the trailer: