Quiet and introspective, cellist Gordon Withers‘ (of Office of Future Plans) “Lost Thought” is a multilayered improvisation piece that closes out out Bad Friend Records’ recently released cassette/zine combination, Survive Vol. 1: The Holidays. While the zine features photography, reflections, recipes, and drawings—all about surviving the holidays—the video for “Lost Thought” breaks with the holiday theme in favor of something a little more abstract.
Produced by University of Mary Washington professor J. Robinson, the video sees VHS footage of a polar bear in the San Diego Zoo paired with Withers’ cello. Robinson digitally manipulated the footage to align with the subtle movement within the track.
This synchronicity isn’t immediately apparent, however, and the video rewards multiple viewings. In fact, the slow zoom of the camera coupled with the bear’s movements and set to Withers’ cello begs the question as to whether or not the title of the song is missing an “in.”
If anybody needs me, I’ll be pondering polar bears.