Death Cab for Cutie’s Video For ‘Underneath The Sycamore’ Tells A Noir-ish Animated Detective Story


Count me as one of the people who would have never guessed that the video for Death Cab’s “Under the Sycamore” — a song about, well, sitting under a tree with the one you love — would inspire a noir detective tale video. But hey, crazier things have happened, right?

According to Wired, the video is the work of Walter Robot, an animating team the band has worked with previously.

“Their storytelling and beautiful animation has brought our song to life in ways we never expected,” Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer said in an e-mail to “We are very excited to share this with everyone.”

“Underneath the Sycamore” — off the band’s latest album, Codes and Keys — isn’t the first Death Cab video made by Walter Robot, otherwise known as artist Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie. They also made the band’s 2009 “Grapevine Fires” video (note what’s playing in the movie theater in the “Sycamore” clip).

“Our close collaborations with the band has and will continue to inspire our best work,” Louie said in an e-mail to “We’re really looking forward to rounding these videos out into the Death Cab for Cutie animated trilogy!”



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