Watch: Tucan – As It Was


In the very best sense possible, Sligo instrumental band Tucan have released easily one of the most gloriously messed up videos we’ve seen in quite some time for their new single, ‘As It Was’.

Directed by Bobby McGlynn and Bryan Quinn, the video – featuring some extraordinary acting by Jonathan Gunning – features cinematography by Peter Martin and was filmed at The Model in Sligo last year. We challenge you to find a video featuring such an array of facial expressions – some more maniacal than others – from a single actor.

Taken from Towers, ‘As It Was’ sees Tucan reinvent themselves as something of an Irish Mogwai, the band’s wonderfully composed instrumentalism bearing a sound of serious intent and propelled by orchestral panache and swelling textures.

Watch the video for ‘As It Was’ below. Charmed or abhorred, you can’t look away.


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