video: "Helen Yell" - Panther Hollow
words: indigo baloch
Pather Hollow’s “Helen Yell” is a dreamy little headbanger with a bouncing, building surge of a beat. The vocals are drowsy in a soothing way — reminiscent of a lot of early 2000 indie favorites. And the video holds up there as well. Everything about it sends us back to that twinkling Christmas lights era of Peter Bjorn and John, The Shins, Cage the Elephant, and Grouplove.
You could imagine this song on a mixtape from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. You could imagine Ruby Sparks jumping around to this song in a crowded bar. You could imagine an Ellen Page character sinking into a bean bag chair in the middle of a party to this song. It takes us back to a tender place, a familiar place.
The colors and lines flow and swirl and pull us in. It’s fun, vibrant, and encapsulates all the joy of those gentler days. It suits the nostalgic nature of fall that has us all looking back through old pictures—remembering cutting our bangs as tribute to Zooey Deschanel, seeing our first Wes Anderson movie and falling in love with symmetry, bringing back Polaroids and covering our walls with them. It hearkens to a simpler and kinder time, making it easy to pop on repeat, and hard to press pause.