afropunk premiere: folk singer-songwriter sye elaine spence’s animated new visual, for a musical tribute to her grandmother – ‘1964’

October 5, 2015

Today we’re premiering the animated new visual from folk singer-songwriter Sye Elaine Spence – ‘1964‘ (a collaboration with Brooklyn-based production company, dreambear, and experimental painter/filmmaker, Jeff Scher). In regards to the track, Spence (who is based in Atlanta) tells us: “The song was made as an ode, of sorts, to my grandmother, Elaine. She was like a warm blanket to me in childhood. The lullaby-like feel of the guitar throughout the song is intentionally reminiscent of that. Her stories of her youth, first love, first heartbreak, always fed my innate draw toward nostalgia. The lyrics are me simply my imaginings of what conversations used to be like during her time. Sweet, simple, delicate.” Discussing the accompanying visual, creator Jeff Scher says: “This video was made with watercolor, crayon and paper. I used a home made rotoscope to project home movies of my kids onto countless sheets of paper. Each frame was drawn/painted and then photographed on an animation stand. I wanted the images to embrace the music in the same warm loving way the music embraces the listener. The child grows from babyhood to late childhood in a series of images which also reflect the nostalgic or retrospective side of the song.” Watch below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Photo credit: Someplace Wild