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Friday, October 27, 2006

Like an L.S. Lowry painting come to life

I posted something once before with a similar title [see: Like the Musee D'Orsay come to life] --because I love seeing intelligent and creative interpretations of art set to music.

I nearly minored in art history (which is a fancy way of saying that I love wandering around in old museums but was a bit too lazy to finish the upper-division coursework for the minor), and often "see" music in a visual way, so whenever a band can create something that reminds me of a painting, I am all over that action. Oasis has a new animated video for their b-side song "Masterplan." It's mostly a jaunt through hometown Manchester with the boys, but the cool thing about it is how it resurrects the best paintings of L.S. Lowry into an industrial landscape in motion.

L.S. Lowry was also from Manchester, England, and lived from 1887 to 1976. Most of his paintings were muted landscapes of the industrial areas where he lived, often populated by so-called "matchstick men" (fairly simplistic, slim, homogenic folk) with an almost primitive and flat representation of perspective. There's a certain autumal beauty to the tones he uses, and a charming air about his works.

Here's one of L.S. Lowry's paintings -- "Coming Out Of School" 1927, Tate Gallery:

Now watch what Oasis does with the same stylistic idea. If you are familiar at all with some of the more well-known works by Lowry, you'll see that many of his paintings are represented in the content of this video (i.e. Man Lying On A Wall, Fairground At Daisy Nook). Oasis worked with Lowry's estate and received their blessing on the endeavor, which they hope will bring "a fresh new image" to good ole' L.S.

The song itself is lovely and I think it's a nice touch how the original 5 band members walk (well, Liam struts) past actual Manchester landmarks. Good on Oasis for giving props to a fellow Mancunian through their video, possibly even sending a few kids scurrying to crack open an art history reference book. Watch:

Oasis is busy workin' it in support of the release of a greatest hits collection (Stop The Clocks! It's out November 13!) and Noel Gallagher is set to appear in NYC at the premiere of the new tour documentary Lord Don't Slow Me Down (CMJ FilmFest, November 4th).

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At October 27, 2006 5:18 PM, Anonymous russell said...

Excellent video;a homage to art,music,chance and time.I have this theory that 'The Masterplan' is about song writing and in particular about the relationship between songs and their listeners; a space the artist creates but cannot own.This grace underscores the masterplan with its waves of sound saluting John,Paul,George and Ringo from listeners themselves who became musicians - life's endless corridors -indeed.A big smile.

At October 28, 2006 2:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video - other land marks are the old Manchester City footbal ground Maine Road (no longer there they have moved to a new stadium) Manchester cathedral and the factory in the background near the beginning is the McVities biscuit (cookie) factory were the Gallaghers mum Nora worked.

P.S. I have bought a couple of guitar Amps and other sundry musical items from Johnny Roadhouse. He negotiates a mean deal.

Chris, Tottington nr Mcr UK

At November 21, 2006 2:19 AM, Anonymous jeanskiing said...



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