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Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke, 'Shipwreck'

by Sami Yenigun
Oct 28, 2011

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In case you didn't get enough of a scare from "Haunt You," The Pack A.D.'s monster-filled music video, we've got another video fit for the Halloween season, this time from the German electronic maestros in Modeselektor, featuring the vocals of electronic music's favorite guest performer: Thom Yorke.

This time, we're dealing with blood-lusting zombies and a battery-hoarding little boy. "Shipwreck" is a brooder, with slow-moving atmospheric pads rising from out behind a shuffling beat. This single from Modeselektor's newest album Monkeytown sets an unsettling tone for the gray shots of the main character's fortress. Director Tony T. Datis told me in an email that, because his English isn't good enough to understand Yorke's lyrics, he drew his inspiration from the sound of Yorke's voice instead.

Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary of Modeselektor contacted Datis about the video over the summer, and said of the final product. "When we saw the final video, we were moved to tears — such a great and emotional video." For his part, Thom Yorke had this to say: "Wicked."

In some ways, the wickedness of the video pays homage to one of the oldest fears of mankind. In the face of mindless zombies, it seems our hero is less worried about their homicidal intentions than he is about going to bed without a nightlight.

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