Thundercat – ‘Song For The Dead’ (Official Video)

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Tonight we were once again treated to another muisc video during Toonami, this time it was Song For The Dead by Thundercat and Directed / Animated by Ryan McShane aka RY NO.

Taken from the mini-album ‘The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam’ released 22nd June 2015 via Brainfeeder.

‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’ Out Now –


07 Jul Les Ardentes Festival, Liège, Belgium
08 Jul North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
09 Jul Pohoda Festival, Trencin, Slovakia
14-18 Jul Camp Bisco, Scranton, PA, USA
16 Jul Halifax Jazz Festival, Halifax, NS, USA
17 Jul Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL, USA
06 Aug Vanguard Music Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
07 Aug Off Festival, Katowice, Poland
08 Aug Sugar Club, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
09 Aug Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
11 Aug Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
12 Aug Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway
14 Aug Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
27 Aug Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn, NY, USA
10 Sep OnBlackheath Festival, London, UK
15 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, USA SOLD OUT
16 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, USA –
17 Sep Brainfeeder at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA –

Follow Thundercat –

“I was born in 1995, the year Kids came out and Jerry Garcia passed away, and I’ve been drawing ever since.

15 years later I dropped out of high school to spend a couple of years indoors, drawing in my room. One night in August 2013, I drew a fake cover for Captain Murphy’s ‘Between Villains’. I posted it to Twitter and the villain himself retweeted it, and so did Thundercat.

Thundercat and I started chatting over Twitter after that – fast forward to 2015, I’m working at digital ventures practice Josephmark and motion studio Breeder, and making pictures and music on the weekends.

Then ‘Where The Giants Roam’ drops, I’m nearing the end of a two week break where I’ve been spending indoors, drawing in my room. When I heard ‘A Song For The Dead’, this part – 1:49 – gave me the idea to animate. I wanted to animate this few seconds of a transformation as the sound spins around in stereo. But I had a few days free, so I decided to block out a full video. Super rough, black and white, with NASA footage backgrounds – I had a bunch on hand that I found whilst researching for Breeder’s The Expanse titles – and then I just sent it to Thundercat.

He loved it. So I was locked into it now, my first big solo animation. Naturally, the way I work, I made it even harder for myself – adding colours and extra seconds. Shout out to Breeder co-worker Alex Gee for suggesting I add colour.

Six months later, I’m backstage at Thundercat’s show in Brisbane. Talking about art and Kendrick, drinking Hendricks.” – Ryan McShane