The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from an acclaimed veteran Montreal indie rock band.
Wolf Parade - Julia Take Your Man Home
Wolf Parade is no stranger to the music industry. The Canadian indie rock band formed back in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec. They released 3 full-length studio albums before taking a 5-year hiatus in 2011, then returning in 2016 with Cry, Cry, Cry. Their newest release, The Mind, dropped last year. The group has received critical acclaim and has an international following.
Off that album they bring us Julia Take Your Man Home, a single and new video animated by Chad VanGaalen. Filled with fast moving, colour animation that is quite often moving to the beat of the song, the video definitely keeps you wondering “what will happen next?” It follows what is seemingly a drunk man - presumably Julia’s boyfriend, as he makes a fool of himself (and Julia) at the bar. The visuals give off a drunk brain type of vibe, where nothing fully makes sense unless you’re living it.
Video animator and director (and recording artist) VanGaalen has been nominated for the Prism Prize on many occasions, and he won in 2015 for helming the video for Beat the Drum Slowly by psych folk outfit Timber Timbre.
Animation by Chad VanGaalen