22 June 2010

Pagan Pied Piper

One of the better visual portraits of the Pied Piper can be seen in this animated video - ... a fictitious take on reality... - directed by Ron Winter.
The Pied Piper is a song by Yoriyos, the son of Yusuf Islam aka Cat Steven, and it appears on his debut album Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2006).
The lyrics are nothing to write home about. But the visuals certainly make up for the lyrics:
- the indie-folk image of the Pied Piper, with a touch of punk and Gorillaz;
- Piper appearing an eco good guy, his limbs being all branchy, his hair all leaves;
- Piper not revealing his face and wearing an obvious mask;
- the pagan procession of child followers...
It's brilliant. It makes me go all wicked-wicker-man. This wicked Wicker Man.

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