RNZ Music is proud to present the new video from Lil’ Chief Records co-founder and former Tokey Tones member Scott Mannion. ‘Juniper Tree’ is the last single from his debut solo album Loving Echoes, which came out last year.
Relatively unknown outside of New Zealand, Scott Mannion won the hearts of critics here with his duo The Tokey Tones, and their simultaneous 2003 releases Caterpillar and Butterfly.
He’s also well-known as a co-founder of Lil' Chief Records whose roster includes Jonathan Bree, Princess Chelsea, and the Ruby Suns.
‘Juniper Tree’ is from Scott’s debut solo album Loving Echoes, which came out last year, 16 years after his Tokey Tones records.
Although Scott is now living and recording in a medieval mountain pueblo in Spain, the album features cameos by fellow New Zealanders and label-mates Jonathan Bree (bass), Lawrence Arabia and Princess Chelsea (BVs), and Ryan McPhun (co-production).
New York painter Emily Zuch created the video, including the animations and the mask worn by its protagonist. Emily was responsible for creating the masks and puppets for Scott’s previous videos ‘You Are the Substance That I Can't Live Without’ and ‘Not Exactly Deep’.
Emily is a Fulbright recipient who went on to paint puppets in Germany for a few years. She studied at New York Studio School with Scott's partner Julie and now all of them live in the same small Spanish town of Chelva.
Scott continues to make music in his home studio while working full-time as a web designer. He's been working from home, due to Spain being one of the countries worst hit by Covid-19.