With a somewhat sinister sound and video to match, entirely appropriate for spooky season, ‘See Saw’ from Alberta & The Dead Eyes is both catchy and quirky, and at the same time – will pull you in and leave you wanting for more.
Dave Boone has worked as Alberta for many years, and comprising many artistic processes. His Dead Eyes crew comprise Erik Washington on drums, and Bhuti Bhuti on bass, and the three recorded an entire album during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the trio collaborating virtually, between their respective bases of Detroit, and New Orleans.
‘You Said Something’ is their latest album, and brings Ashlan Ounanian into the fold, with the addition of lap steel, and extra percussion. The grand result is a set that doesn’t just pull the focus onto Boone’s lyrics, but also allows each member of the group to show off their respective talents; ‘See Saw’ is ominous and slightly creepy, and if you’ve never been to New Orleans, this does a pretty good job of conveying the mystery and magic – and not forgetting the general languorousness that is the (perhaps apocryphal) stereotype of The Big Easy.
The animated music video adds to the overall creepiness of the song, with shadow puppets representing the members of the band playing musical instruments. At times the puppets are replaced by shadows of the real band members, but you’re so lulled by the magic of the song that you half convince that you’re seeing things. All is revealed at the end however, when the four are shown in their true form – but the flickering black and white footage continues with the mysterious vibe.
You can watch the music video for ‘See Saw’ below, and find out more about Alberta & the Dead Eyes online on their official website. ‘You Said Something’ is out now.