Charli XCX and Mr. Oizo Recruit Flat Eric for ‘Hand in the Fire’ Video [WATCH]
Charli XCX recently teamed up with French electronic producer and film director Quentin Dupieux, also known as Mr. Oizo, for the title track of his Hand In The Fire EP that dropped at the very end of 2015 via Ed Banger Records.
Now, the duo has recruited Flat Eric -- a yellow puppet built by The Jim Henson Company -- for the "Hand In The Fire" video.
The video was directed by Meat Dept. for NOODLES, Pitchfork reports. It shows Flat Eric drive-by-flirting with a long-haired puppet in her own drop-top coupe, eventually giving way to a car chase. Watch it below.
Dupieux, who is also behind films like Rubber and Wrong, goes way back with Flat Eric, who has starred in most of Mr. Oizo's videos since 1998. The felt-covered character, who was known as Stephane in the late '90s, was notoriously featured in a Levi's ad campaign, but has since mostly stuck by the techno producer that created him.
Dupieux previously resurrected his Flat Eric character for the short film/music video "Being Flat," which Red Bull Music Academy premiered as part of their PARIS NOW! YouTube series, Fact Mag reports. Alongside the puppet, the short also stars Steve Little from Eastbound & Down.
The video, which features the track "Being Flat" from the Hand In The Fire EP, is reminiscent of the producer and filmmaker's classic video from 1999, "Flat Beat." Watch "Being Flat" below:
Mr. Oizo is working on a new album to be released by Ed Banger later this year.
Charli XCX also has a full-length in the works. In a recent interview with i-D Magazine, the singer said: "This album could change the sound of pop music. It's the album I've been trying to make forever. And now I've done it."
I'm going to finish recording my new album next week.. pic.twitter.com/zV87q2qDGw
— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) January 25, 2016