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Emby Alexander Talk New Video "Dressed Undressing" and Getting Signed in the UK

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"Me and Trevvor were in his kitchen, and I was drinking Dr Pepper and he was drinking gin, and we had these masks Matthew Wriston had made us. "Dressed" was playing, and Trevvor held up one of the masks to his face and began singing along. I followed, and picked up the other mask, sticking my tongue through the opening in the mouth. We were scaring each other there in the kitchen, so we knew we wanted that in the video."

"i like working with emby because the sounds they make sound really good to my ears, interestingly more than other music i hear regularly, and then there's a thing where i can blink or think and if i blink emby alexander has their eyes wide open and if i think they're perhaps meditating and free of thought, so it works back and forth in this way, like this. don't misquote me as saying i like to cry in people's bedrooms when they're in their kitchens or something." [sic]

Uh, that's what Riley sent me over Facebook, because he is in Spain now, the lucky bastard. I told him and Alexander that I thought their video was a little like a darker, more surreal Wes Anderson (it was mostly the title cards) and that the conversation at the beginning of "Drag the Long Way Home" also evoked the Darjeeling Limited director to me.

"I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson. I fell in love with Royal Tenenbaums when it came out," Alexander says. "I'd watch it with my little sister, and she went out and bought a track suit like Uzi and Ari and we'd do exercises at the park like in the movie. We often refer to specific shots from Wes Anderson movies when we are working. The attention to detail is something we get really in to in all of his movies. I steal from J.D. Salinger a lot. I think Anderson does, too. It's very romantic when you have a feeling that your idols are pulling inspiration from the same sources you are."

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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