Singer/songwriter Michael Zapruder is back with a video for “Florida”, the first single off his forthcoming album Pink Thunder, due out October 16th on The Kora Records. As we told you last month, the record is a “poetic experiment” featuring collaborations with 23 different bards on a collection of “free-verse pop art-songs,” and Zapruder previously released this single as a free download.

“Florida” – inspired by Travis Nichols‘ poem of the same name in his 2010 book See Me Improving – is a moving piece about a strained father-son bond and the fear that can plague the younger half of that unique relationship. The video, directed by Jesse Yules, recently premiered on IFC and is a striking visual representation of the track’s themes, with an unending stream of paper cut-outs depicting select lyrics from the song, animals, plants, and even Zapruder draped in numerous animal costumes, struggling to find an identity. Check it out below.

Zapruder is playing a record release show celebrating Pink Thunder at Amnesia in the Mission on November 18th, and also has a handful of shows around the States booked for early 2013. Hopefully we’ll get some more hometown gigs before he sets out for the rest of the States and beyond.

Additionally, Zapruder handmade a unique “portmanteau” for each of Pink Thunder‘s 22 songs – a digital music player with start/stop button and headphone jack enclosed in a platform with an object on top of the base. SF’s The Curiosity Shoppe is hosting a month-long showing of the Pink Thunder portmanteaus from October 18th through November 18th.

Michael Zapruder
Amnesia
November 18, 2012
9:00pm, price TBD

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