Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune Music Video

Oh hell, as much as I dislike having to embed this from Rolling Stone — why does anyone still premiere anything on them, anyway, and this player plays “automatically” which is super annoying, apologies — this Unknown Mortal Orchestra song is totally a jam. Its balloon-headed characters really just seem like living embodiments (headless embodiments, that is) of the song’s title, “Thought Ballune”… ’cause “Ballune” isn’t actually how you spell balloon, and their heads are flying off presumably because they’re airheads, and being an airhead probably renders you incapable of good spelling, so you’d probably spell the word “balloon” “ballune.”

I mean, I’m guessing this is the logic behind the video and song. I may be wrong, but if so, that’s a dirty trick, UMO.

Directors – Jordan Blady / Ryan Knowles
DP – Bernard Evans
Producer – Matt Stanley
VFX – Benjamin Davidson / Katerina Arroyo / Mark Holden / Lisa Ryan

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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