Motel Motel's super secret garden in Staten Island

The day before filming, Timo Sullivan from Motel Motel told me that the Staten Island beach he wanted to takes us to was the same distance as Coney Island. That was entirely untrue. It was a while to get there. But it was the most fun we’ve ever had making a Secret Garden video, and his super secret spot was so worth the trip that I made sure he dropped a pin on my google map before we parted. To this day I only know it by this pin as the Motel Motel beach.

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(Photo by Sahara)

Included in the video are stripped-down versions of four songs: “Harlem”, “Cowboy”, “Forest” and “Coffee”. Drummer Jeremy Duvall, owing to a day job, was absent.


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