Watch DVA’s Surreal Claymation Video for “Nunki”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.02.14 in News

There’s always been something childlike about the delirious music of Czech duo DVA (pronounced “Duh-vah.”) The vocals — a combination of English, Czech and a made-up fantasy language — are wide-eyed and angel-pure, sounding often like the morning recitation at some deep-space grade school. So it’s fitting, then, that the video for “Nunki,” from the duo’s excellent album Nipomo, is both set in space, and created by children.

Students aged 6 to 12 from the Anima Roztoč workshop were played the song without the benefit of a lyrical translation, and were then asked to come up with a scenario for the video which they would then animate using clay (their teacher, Anička Krtičková, assisted with the final edit).

The result ended up alarmingly close to the song’s literal meaning, and the video is a sweet Saturday morning outer space fantasy — Ray Harryhausen by way of Gumby & Pokey.

The lyrics for the song, as provided by the group, are as follows:

I collect small, smaller things on the way
And will build a ship from them soon
A spaceship
Here is my money and keys
I have to run now they are calling me
Flickering with a torch towards me

We fly here alone
Hurry to the ship
Everything is ready
To start, come!

DVA, 'Nunki'

via YouTube