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Exclusive: Pujol's 'Circles' Music Video

Author: Katie Hasty
06/03/2014 | Hit Fix | www.hitfix.com | Album Review
The first thing that struck me about Pujol's album "Kludge" is the mix and the master. The word "confrontational" comes to mind, though the music is actually a really pleasant mix, of garage, psych and '60s pop. Daniel Pujol just has a verve, a bouncy, nervous touch to his set that makes it poke through the cozy carpet.

Digging beyond that, Pujol is singular in his approach to his art, and extending entertainment into a realm of philosophical commentary, a jam-packed lyricism which sometimes reads like a social and cultural deconstruction or manifesto.

But I didn't necessarily expect that, when I first watched the music video for phenomenal single "Circles," directed by Stewart Copeland. The colorful stop-motion clip has the lead singer living out what is surely the dream of all musicians: to have q-tips go in his ears in close view of the camera, to be transformed by lizard people, to be covered in paint.

It's a labor-intensive endeavor, much like the whole of "Kludge." To record it, Pujol and producer Doni Shoader would construct a temporary studio set up every day at a teen suicide-prevention center in a strip mall in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., to record overnight. Mixing occurred in a studio that was under constant construction, maintaining work around the oddest hours and very improvised settings.

Below, I interview Pujol and Stewart about those industrious days, about the reptiles, visual inspiration, torture loops and doing the job right.

"Kludge" was released on May 20 via Saddle Creek. Here is the exclusive premiere of the music video for Pujol's "Circles."
Exclusive: Pujol's 'Circles' Music Video

Exclusive: Pujol's 'Circles' Music Video

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