Tuesday Tunes – “There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand” by Builder of the House

Weather-wise, not much has changed since last week’s Tuesday Tunes post. In fact, I’m not sure it ever truly stopped raining. This weather doesn’t bother me too much, but I can tell it’s starting to wear on some people around me. For this week’s song, I figured if we can’t get sunshine outside, we can at least get some in this music video – literally.

Builder of the House is Robert Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen, a duo from Portland, Maine. I’m new to their music, but I like what I’ve heard so far. “There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand” is a standout track for me, in part for its clever lyrics and wordplay and its creative music video. I also like this bit of cultural commentary:

“Trying to make a record of the thoughts streaming through my head. / Words only work if they are said. / But the younger generation doesn’t understand a word I say. / So what’s the use? / They only speak in acronyms.” 

“There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand” features vocals from Colleen Clark and an impressive stop-motion video directed by Derek R. Brigham. In the video credits, the band mentions that the video is made of 596 still photos and all props were made from cardboard and paper. As someone who has worked on a much smaller stop-motion video, just imagining the level of work that went into creating this video is enough to make my head spin. My hat’s off to the entire crew.

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Happy listening!