Thursday
Jul222010

October 22, 2009

 

It sounds like a Flaming Lips movie or concept album, but Gustafer Yellowgold is actually a kids-music act revolving around a cute little animated character born in the sun who came to Earth to hang out with a pterodactyl and eel. In real life, he has opened for Wilco and the Polyphonic Spree, and his music sounds like a cross between Neutral Milk Hotel and, yep, the Lips.

Wednesday
Jul212010

Discovering Yellowgold in the Minnesota woods

April 25, 2009

By Paul Scott

 

NYC musician draws on a local connection to create a kid-vid character with a difference.

You could fill an inflatable jumpy house with the graying indie-rockers now performing for children. The list includes Dan Zanes, Lisa Loeb and Twin Cities natives Justin Roberts and Adam Levy. But until New York musician Morgan Taylor picked up his Sharpie to create Gustafer Yellowgold, no alternative musician had successfully merged lush, melodic pop with self-produced animated storytelling.

That would be reason enough for Wiggles-weary parents to pick up a Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD, or to take their kids to a live show by Taylor, who will play with a band next Saturday in front of an animated backdrop at the Cedar Cultural Center. But Taylor's skill in reimagining the children's video is such that comparisons have been made to the work of Dr. Seuss and the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine."

With an animated musical fable centered on the life of a mute orphan from the sun, Taylor has created a melancholy and playful children's cartoon with a careful attention to nature and a dreamy sense of wonder.

Beginning with his first children's DVD in 2005, "Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wild World," and continuing with the DVD/CD packages "Gustafer Yellowgold's Have You Never Been Yellow?" and the just-released "Gustafer Yellowgold's Mellow Fever," the one-time record-store clerk and amateur illustrator has produced three volumes of unconventional children's entertainment that stand in contrast to the frenetic, somewhat sardonic fare that has often come to define the genre.