Indie soul-pop outfit Imaginary Cities bring kaleidoscopic images to life in their new video for "Purple Heart." Taking cues from vintage slideshow projection screens and toying with lighting techniques and obscure angles, the video moves through various snapshots to weave a tapestry of brilliant colors and effects. It's a startling and beautiful visual aide to a song that's brought to life by Marti Sarbit's quaking vocals. The coolest part? The band themselves were unsure what to expect when they initially filmed the video.
"We recorded 'Purple Heart' in one afternoon," Rusty Matyas explains. "The entire song is recorded using one tiny Yamaha keyboard from 1982. It's also the only song Marti plays drums on. She plays the heartbeat toms. On one afternoon in October 2011 we went to an opera hall in Cologne, Germany and met two wonderful guys [Felix Schon and director Tilman Singer] who quickly filmed us singing and playing this song from a couple different angles — all green screen style. It's neat not knowing what's going to be going on around you in post-production. It's always a nice surprise when it comes out looking cool like this."
Check out the video, catch them on their current tour, and take note that "Purple Heart" comes off the band's debut album, Temporary Resident, out now.