In honor of its 50th anniversary, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has re-recorded his landmark 1970 LP, Tea For the Tillerman and in advance of its September 18th release, the artist posted the video for his new version on “Where Do the Children Play?”
Using stop-motion animation the updated clip shows two children living in a world wrecked by pollution and corporate greed as the song’s subject matter centers around environmental conservation. “We decided to make the props and scenery from recycled materials wherever possible to minimize the production impact on the environment. We did a beach clean in South Wales to gather plastic debris and used it to make the ocean you see in the video” director Chris Hopewell said in a statement.
“Our sea scenes were made from waste plastic washed up on our shores,” he continued. “All of the sets and practically all props were made from recycled repurposed and upcycled materials. I’d say that 90% of what you see on screen was made from recycled materials, even the rostrum the sets are built on were recycled scaffolding planks and sets painted with paints from a local charity store. All materials used were then repurposed or recycled when the video was finished. It was a slightly longer process than usual, but fun!” Watch the contemporary video below.
The new version of Tea for the Tillerman, has been dubbed Tea for the Tillerman². While some of the songs closely resemble their classic arrangements, others veer off in new, unexpected direction. The new production “Wild World,” for example, embodies a waltz-like sound and rapper Brother Ali added a part to “Longer Boats.”
Photo: Simon Fernandez