Watch Mr. Gnome’s ‘House of Circles’ video trailer

One of the buzz bands at SXSW this year was Mr. Gnome, which compels one to ask what some media outlets were doing in 2011. Here is a band with a fully-formed visual and musical aesthetic, and what were critics were pursuing instead? One-hit blog wonders creating the latest absurd sub-genres.

We featured the full stream of Mr. Gnome’s “Madness in Miniature” LP last October, calling it a “mini gem with some gigantic sounds,” calling to mind Lykke Li, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Feist.

The Cleveland-based duo’s latest work is a 7″ titled “Softly Mad,” which includes the tracks “The Way” and “Still Life.” It’s music to get the imagination reeling with crystalline, otherworldly melodies.

Now the duo have released a video trailer for “House of Circles,” a “comic book style surreal adventure… live action interpretation of a sci-fi graphic novel written by Mr. Gnome featuring the dark fantasy characters from the ‘Madness in Miniature’ cover art.” The narrative, as far as can be gleaned, involves a female protagonist who battles a star-eating cannibal sorceress in pursuit of immortality, perhaps inspired by “Snow White.”

Although it is live action, the visuals have the stuttering effect of stop-motion, calling to mind the animation of the Russian genius Yuri Norstein, director of “The Hedgehog in the Fog,” “The Heron & The Crane” and “Tale of Tales.”

Watch the trailer, and check out live dates below. “Softly Mad” is out today on El Marko Records.

Mr. Gnome Spring Tour Dates:
03/20 Fruita CO @ Cavalcade
03/22 Boise ID @ The Red Room – Treefort Music Festival
03/23 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/24 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
03/27 San Francisco CA @ Thee Parkside
03/28 Sacramento CA @ Luigi’s
03/29 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theater
03/31 Albuquerque NM @ The Launch Pad
04/03 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
04/04 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive
04/06 Springfield MO @ The Outland
04/07 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room/Middle of The Map Festival
04/10 Columbia MO @ Sideshow
04/11 Saint Louis MO @ Plush
04/12 Indianapolis IN @ Radio Radio
04/13 Chicago IL @ Schuba’s
04/14 Grand Rapids MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
04/20 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/21 Toledo OH @ Ottawa Tavern
04/27 Dayton OH @ Blind Bob’s
04/28 Columbus OH @ Skully’s
05/04 New York NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/05 Pittsburgh PA @ The Brillobox