Museyroom Share “Ballad” Music Video

February 28, 2016
 Ricardo Nelson

Ricardo Nelson


Museyroom Share “Ballad” Music Video viaPASTE Magazine

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East Coast psych pop trio Museyroom are sharing the “eye-opening” animated video for their single “Ballad” via PASTE Magazine. Taken from the band’s stunning full length debut, Pearly Whites (due out March 25th via Grind Select), the “Ballad” video dives into a psychedelic world of animation. Using both 2D and 3D effects together, director and animator Alex Braddock mirrored Museyroom’s “future nostalgia” vibe, capturing the song in its eternal shifting state of being.

Speaking about “Ballad,” Jack Donovan (guitar/vocals) shared, “Lyrically, ‘Ballad’ is about being disengaged with one’s daily life to the point of feeling perpetually asleep and the negative effect this has on one’s relationships. The song is optimistic, however, in that it talks about fighting this feeling of helplessness and ultimately learning to appreciate the people who care about you. At its heart, ‘Ballad’ is a call to wake up, to stop obsessively looking inside oneself and start looking out. This idea of ‘waking up’ is played on visually in the video with the use of the eye opening and looking around.”

Ben Cohen (guitar/bass/synth) added, “More generally speaking, the imagery for the video was inspired by other elements we were using to develop artwork for Pearly Whites, channelling an old, saturated illustration style within a digital context. We love the way Alex interpreted the past/future aspects of the lyrics by blending 2D and 3D imagery.”


03/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Gateway *
03/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s *
03/11 – Baltimore, MD @ The Crown *
03/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Sewing Room *
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Museyroom’s beginnings can be traced back to 2003, when guitarist and singer, Jack Donovan, and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cohen, began to write and record their own songs. Working in Ben’s basement, they developed intricately layered pop songs on a four-track tape recorder using an old Casio keyboard, a tenor saxophone, and an acoustic guitar. The two bonded over influences ranging from The Strokes to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane, resulting in a musical eclecticism that is reflected in Ben and Jack’s earliest songs, which combine narrative-based lyrics with complex and nuanced melodies.

After playing together in a series of bands, they met drummer Matt Coppola, and together formed what would become Museyroom—a name derived from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, which references a sort of alternate dimension that the group would soon create with its musical output, sonically mirroring an unexplored, variable universe.

Their first release, a self-titled EP, was recorded over the course of a week in the summer of 2009 with singer Luke Rathborne at Williamsburg’s Motel Studios. With the inspired addition of a Wurlitzer found on the sidewalk and a stripped down drum kit—the kick turned on its side and played like a floor tom—the suite of four songs is a lo-fi snapshot of the band’s sample-filled live set at the time.

Over the past few years, the three musicians have been holed up in the studio, painstakingly capturing the breadth of their imagination in the form of a pop song. Blending delicate impressionist-inspired melodies with the rhythmic sensibilities of hip-hop, Museyroom’s forthcoming album, Pearly Whites, is a dense and ambitious work of rare quality.

The threesome developed the songs on Pearly Whites over a three-year period while each was living in a different city. The challenge of that geographical separation aroused feelings of nostalgia and idealization, which seeped their way into the lyrics and sounds of the album. As a result, the record flows with intimacy and emotion juxtaposed with challenging rhythms and electronic soundscapes, making it a truly original experience that fully propels the listener into the Museyroom.

“Museyroom immerses listeners in otherworldly soundscapes with undulating harmonies blanketing punchy drum lines.” – SPIN

“Imagine Merriweather Post Pavilion–era Animal Collective trying to recreate their original campfire vibes. The band calls what they do “future nostalgia,” and it seems like an apt descriptor; it’s hard to escape the sense that the song is mourning its own inability to last forever, or at least to be comfortable existing right now.” – FLOOD Magazine

Pearly Whites
Grind Select

March 25, 2016

1. Pearly Whites
2. Three Stones
3. Ballad (Music Video)
4. Ranges
5. Sleeper
6. Siren
7. Siren End
8. It Won’t Change Now
9. Junkyard

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Official Website

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