by Zolton in New Music, Video on Monday 2 April 2007

Apparently Bill Callahan – that rustic, melancholic baritone out of Smog – and Joanna Newsom are a couple. They have been for some time. Hmmm, I can hardly imagine a more awkward paring – the pouty, high-pitched precociousness of Newson and the introspective plaintiveness of Callahan. Whatever. This clip of the Smog song Rock Bottom Riser is stunning, crafted by a pair of Australian illustrators. And that’s all that matters right now.