The Late Movies: "Video Songs" by Pomplamoose

Chris Higgins

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have a crush on one or both of the fine young kids in the band Pomplamoose. A duo based in California, they practice a new art form called the "VideoSong" described by the band as follows:

This cover is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules: 1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice). 2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

And as far as I can tell, they're right -- they really do film every single bit of the recording process, making for an entertaining YouTube video as well as some pretty killer songs.

"Single Ladies" - Beyonce Cover

Their best work, in my humble opinion (although the Mrs. Robinson cover later in this post is pretty awesome too). My favorite part is when the singer objects to the lyrics of the bridge and skips ahead to the chorus.

"September" - Earth, Wind & Fire Cover

Am I a bad person because I know this song only from its prominent sampling in Girl Talk's latest album?

"Nature Boy" - Nat King Cole Cover

"Mrs. Robinson" - Simon and Garfunkel Cover

"Gatekeeper" - Feist Cover

"Be Still" - Pomplamoose Original

There are tons more on the Pomplamoose YouTube channel. See also: Pomplamoose's MySpace page including free MP3s. They also have an album of originals for sale on iTunes.