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Watch Tree's Video for "Stuck Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole" ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn

Featuring an Ewok village, stripper pants, and the most buoyant slither of electronic-spangled indie-pop we've heard in forever.

by Kim Taylor Bennett
Feb 4 2014, 8:30pm

When I was about 11 I got into this habit with my best friend Lois: we would take her cat and set it free in a neighborhood in San Francisco called Pacific Heights. Lots of wealthy people live there so its full of huge mansions with insane backyards which I was really keen on exploring. My 11-year-old rational was, let the cat go running through the yards, persue the cat, find adventure! If anyone caught us we'd just start crying and say we were looking for our kitty Smudge. Foolproof. And it was!

This video by Santa Cruz-based musician Oliver Tree Nickell—known as Tree—totally reminds me of being that kid who was into squeezing through holes and clambering over fences, falling into people's private property searching for secret worlds. Except in this six minute short, which Tree conceived and co-directed (with Steve Dabal), he's chasing a white bunny and working with sweet set of wheels that he can't drive.

I'm also heavily into the featured real life Ewok village (where is that and when can I move in?), and the fact that Tree starts off looking like Luke Skywalker before disrobing a la Channing Tatum in Magic Mike. Musically "Stuck Down the Rabbit Hole" is a twinkly, carefree concoction that floats by on shimmering synths and weird reverse incantations. It's a tune that's only tethered to this earth thanks to a bloopy bassline. Like the video, "Stuck Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole" is a certain kind of magic.

"Stuck Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole" is lifted from Tree's Demons EP, out now via Apollo Records.

Kim was never caught and she never will be, but she is on Twitter - @theKTB.