To be honest, I was kind of holding out for another iamamiwhoami release. For a few days there it looked like we were going to be getting something new. Alas.
So what is it this week? Pogo!
If you haven’t heard of Pogo before now, you either don’t know too many people who are hardcore Disney fans or you don’t have enough friends into obscure electronic music. If you watched the above video, you get the general idea behind his work. He basically takes fraction-of-a-second-long recordings from movies and turns them into full-length songs. He even puts together the videos in the same spirit.
“UPular” was my introduction to Pogo. I think I discovered it not too long after the movie came out. Within the same year, for sure. Anyway, it was definitely my gateway drug to all his amazing Disney-themed tracks. It just blows my mind when I think about how much time and effort it must take to put these songs and videos together. “UPular” remains one of my favorites though, not just because it is so well-crafted, but also because he manages to perfectly capture the spirit of wonder and adventure so prevalent in the film. (I will say Up is in my top 3 favorite Pixar movies, though, so I may be a little biased.)
“Bloom” is definitely my other favorite. As soon as I hear the harps at the beginning, I just get this swelling happy, whimsical feeling. The sound bites and video clips revolve around Disney princesses (and leading ladies) and that beauty and grace that they carry around them that just commands the attention of everyone around them. The song overall just captures that innocent, romantic Disney princess spirit. It’s dreamy and cheerful, just like they are.
I know some people can be thrown off by Pogo’s work, and I can see how they would be. I understand how it could be difficult for the brain to try to comprehend a song made of mixed up bits that one must assume make up a general theme rather than casually listen to a song that makes it clear for you. Okay, that sounded kind of snooty, but I mean I really do get where you’re coming from if that’s what you think! What you have to do to enjoy a Pogo song is turn off the logical part of your brain and just let your emotions react. It’s not a Rorschach test of sounds (though sometimes that logical part of your brain jumps in and makes up words and phrases). It’s really impossible to sing along to. You can’t enjoy it if you try to make too much sense of it.
Instead, just try to tune in to the way a good Disney film makes you feel. That’s what Pogo sets out to capture and share. Seriously, go and listen to his Disney playlist! You’ll remember the way Disney movies made you feel when you were a kid, and then it’ll all make sense.