May 8th, 2008 | by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL Music | Posted In: Columns, Columns

Video: Mattress, "Eldorado"

     
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Mattress For a song that either swipes its title from a centuries old myth concerning a gold city or an Alaskan gold mine, I definitely expected some odes to gold in Mattress' video for "Eldorado." That expectation has held true, but director Grace Carter didn't go the obvious conceptual choice of dipping solo band member Rex Marshall in gold and sticking him in front of a roadside sign (displaying the name of either the mine or the city). No, instead she decided to go the classy, visually-intriguing route. Go figure.

Carter's clip presents us with Marshall roaming in a place that reminds me oh-so-much of Powell Butte. Mood-setting lens flare, toppled candlesticks, wayward shacks and items raining from the sky also get their 15 minutes of fame condensed into a four minute clip alongside Marshall. Let's get parched and take a desert journey:



Links:
MattressSpace
Grace Carter official site
El Dorado on Wikipedia
El Dorado Gold Mine in Fairbanks
Powell Butte (accessible by Tri-met bus number 9. Take a stab at recreating this video care of public transportation)

Thanks to Arya for the tip-off.

Photo by Nilina Mason-Campbell
 
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