Danny MacAskill just does ridiculous things on a trials bike. But that alone wouldn’t land him the coveted Thursday morning Clutterbuck spot. The thing is that the ridiculous things he does are also beautifully filmed and soundtracked by someone with an excellent music collection and, possibly, clinical depression.
This is his latest short film.
I know. Bloody hell!
The first song in the film is Wax and Wire by Portland nerd collective Loch Lomond. I like them. I’m a sucker for any band that incorporates “all manner of exclamatory percussion minutia”, even one that can’t spell ‘minutiae’.
I can’t write the words ‘Portland nerd collective’ without going on to slaver over The Decemberists a little bit (I’d slaver over their Portland indie-nerd bedfellows The Shins and Modest Mouse too if I had time but I haven’t; at least I’ve mentioned them, though, which will surely help their careers and also (quite incidentally) my blog hit-rate).
This is my favourite Decemberists song. Like you care.
Back to bike Jesus Danny MacAskill and his musical appurtenances. He was in the video for the Doves single Winter Hill, a song that I’m not much fond of but oh well. The point is, the song’s about Winter Hill in the west Pennines near Bolton, a place that I am much fond of, and about which I once wrote this.