Monster Mask – Pomplamoose

August 11th, 2011

Pomplamoose is a collaboration between Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. They are an indie band whose medium of choice is YouTube. As a result of their success, they are now selling their music on iTunes as well.

What sets them apart, besides their enormous talent in arrangement, playing multiple instruments, and Nataly’s soft velvety voice, are their music videos. They record their songs using only acoustic or analog instruments, and that they always show synchronized video footage every instrument they play, or vocal part as a portion of the frame in their music videos.

By doing this they are riding the wave of user generated media and generate a large amount of sympathy from budding musicians at YouTube. Many others YouTubers are making videos following the same rules. Their first videos were very amateurish and quirky, and thus charming to YouTube viewers. Jack Conte’s comic antics are also amusing…if slightly overdone sometimes.

As an aspiring videographer and musician, I find inspiration in them. I also admire their ability to modernize and reinterpret old and new hits like Édith Piaf‘s “La Vie on Rose“, Michael Jackson‘s “Beat it” and Lady Gaga‘s, “Telephone“, which surpasses the original in my opinion.

This latest video sounds a little better than the others, and I suspect they broke their own rules and used a digital synth somewhere, but I can’t put my finger on it.

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