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Hot Sardines 'When I Get Low I Get High' video stars Alan Cumming / New York Times Style Magazine

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"I think the descriptor we used for the video was ‘Weimar acid trip,'" says Elizabeth Bougerol, the lead singer of the jazz collective the Hot Sardines, of the visual accompaniment to "When I Get Low I Get High," an Ella Fitzgerald cover that's the centerpiece of the band's new album, "French Fries and Champagne." "As we were brainstorming what exactly we meant by that, our director Alex Peacock brought us these Rorschach blotch smoke puffs and created ‘Fantasia'-style animations of the band, and we were off and running."

Both the song and video also prominently feature someone who knows a thing or two about Weimar fantasy: the actor Alan Cumming, who won a Tony for his portrayal of the M.C. in "Cabaret" back in 1998. Bougerol and the group's co-founder and bandleader, Evan Palazzo, got in touch with Cumming through their producer, Eli Wolf, who reached out about a collaboration only to find that Cumming was already a fan of the band's work. "He said yes immediately," Bougerol says. "He knew the song and dug into it with the same verve he brings to everything."

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