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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pomplamoose - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) [Beyonce Cover]

Pomplamoose is another band whose popularity is due to the music video.  The band is Jack Conte, a small time multi-instrumental singer-songwriter with a couple of EPs, and Nataly Dawn, Conte's girlfriend.  Jack Conte got a name after his first YouTube music video for Yeah Yeah Yeah featuring some interesting stop motion animation.

This video is one of ten new songs that Pomplamoose has recently released for their digital album Tribute to Famous People.  The covers range from dance tracks like Michael Jackson's Beat It to more wholesome songs like My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music Soundtrack.  

The innovation that Pomplamoose brings to music is a new concept for the music video, the "VideoSong."  Conte makes video recordings of the actual audio recording process of each song.  As he mixes the song down, choosing the best sounding cuts for the final product, he also meshes together the video from these cuts.  The final product is an assemblage of the actual videos that form the final song. 

Here is how Conte describes his first recorded "VideoSong" on his mySpace page:

This is called a VideoSong. It's the recording of a song, start to finish. There are two main rules:

1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, you see it at some point (no hidden sounds).

The "VideoSong" isn't a necessarily new idea as much simpler versions are all over YouTube, but Conte has given the idea a name, a set of definable characteristics, and some pretty stylish examples.  This may be a passing fad, but for now, its is giving Conte and Pomplamoose a name.

This Beyonce cover is the most popular of the Pomplamoose "VideoSongs."  There is no denying that Single Ladies is a good pop song, and Nataly Dawn's interpretation is cute.  Listen for her refusal to sing some of the less interesting lyrics. Share/Bookmark

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