Video: Dr. Dog – “That Old Black Hole”

Dr. Dog gave listeners a peek at their upcoming album, Be the Void, in late November, when they made lead single “That Old Black Hole” available for download. Although Be the Void is said to be “a far leaner and meaner primal sound” than past Dr. Dog albums, “That Old Black Hole” isn’t quite indicative of that. Instead, it sounds somewhat like the glowing organ-led pop of We All Belong.

Rolling Stone premiered the video for the track today. It was directed by George Salisbury, famous for his cinematic work with The Flaming Lips – notably on Christmas On Mars and Watching The Planets. Watch it here or above. Here are some notes from the director himself:

Rolling Stone: The video for “That Old Black Hole” is high energy and frenetic, yet focuses on the band in a natural practice element. Director George Salisbury says that the shoot was exhausting, but the high-energy atmosphere was ideal to illustrate the song’s lyrics. “This video is the product of two manic, mate-fueled days in studio with no less than 144 complete takes in a non-stop performance marathon,” Salisbury says. “The hypnotic result of this process-driven experiment gives the viewer a brief glimpse into both the disorienting lyrics and the wavering sanity of the band members across the two-day session.”

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. This is a great track! Kinda reminds me of Ingrid Michaelson’s music. Check out her new video “Ghost” for a taste of her music.

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