Hiatus Kaiyote Reveal Enchanting "Laputa" Video Contest Winner
Sony Masterworks recently announced that they've teamed up with Hiatus Kaiyote to host a video contest... What's better than a creative vision that gets the fans involved? The track was one of HK's standout singles from their second full-length album, Choose Your Weapon, titled "Laputa." If you have no prior knowledge of what "Laputa" is or means, we can explain.
"Laputa" is a floating island portrayed in Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels. It is about 4.5 miles in diameter, with an adamantine base, which its inhabitants can maneuver in any direction using magnetic levitation. Later in life, Hayao Miyazaki, the world famous film maker, released Laputa: Castle In The Sky, and showcased the story as it should have been. Hiatus Kaiyote have taken a special liking to the enchanting place far far away and decided to write a song about it.
Graphite to paper / A saga-born, hand-drawn artisan dreamer / Graphite to paper / A saga-born anhedron artisan dreamer/ Miyazaki frontier / A crystal-clear picture of aluminum seeker / This view from here is airborne
There were dozens upon dozens of submissions, but only one could win. The chosen one was filmmaker Joseph Barbalaco - who portrayed the song in quite the perfect way. Incorporating both Miyazaki's storyline with flairs of Hiatus Kaiyote's band's charm, the two came together seamlessly in the brand new "official" video for "Laputa." Watch above and let both HK and Joseph Barbalaco take you to the floating castle.