I'd describe Avalanche City as maybe a cross between The Decemberists and another band that isn't really pretentious and depressing all the time. Kinda folksy, fun, happy and romantic music that for some reason makes me feel the opposite of cynical about that kind of thing, which is extremely rare.
This video has penguins riding on a sled pulled by a polar bear. Then they get on a sailboat. They go to lots of places, and they fish. Then pirates come, and they fight! Oh ho, I bet you weren't expecting that! I don't know what these pirates think they're going to get from a tiny sailboat with two penguins on it, but whatever. The pirate punches one of the penguins. Yes, that is what I said. A pirate punches a penguin in this video. Then the penguin is in the water, apparently drowning... which... frankly... makes no sense at all... because penguins are great swimmers... everyone knows that... everyone, everywhere. I guess this guy didn't see March of the Penguins like the rest of us.
But then he gets rescued by a hipster Santa Claus guy with a zeppelin, revealing to us that this video takes place in an alternate universe, which maybe explains why the penguin can't swim. Santa takes the penguin back to the pirate ship, and then the penguin totally kills all the pirates by swinging Tarzan-style and kicking them all off into the water, which isn't realistic at all. Then he rescues the girl penguin (you know it's the girl because she's smaller, that's how these things work), who is tied to the mast for some reason, which seems like animal abuse to me. Then they live happily ever after, or something. The ending isn't really clear. They hug, which penguins totally don't do in real life, but whatever, and then they're on the pirate ship, and Hipster Santa is hovering in his zeppelin. So either they go off on some adventures with Hipster Santa, or they steal the pirate ship and become pirate penguins. It is up to you, the viewer, to decide what happens. It's one of those open ended stories, like Donnie Darko.
By the way, the guy is saying "I heard your heart say love, love, love," not "I heard your hat." I realize it sounds like hat, but he's from New Zealand, and I've seen enough Flight of the Conchords to know that's how they talk. Basically I'm an expert, so do not question me.
And NO, I did not only give this one-man band a chance because the word "avalanche" is in the name. That is absurd. That'd be like saying I only bought a drink at a coffee place called an Avalanche because it was called an Avalanche, and I've never done that, twice. But anyway, that's not what happened. A friend told me about them, and SHE'S the one who only started listening to them because the word "avalanche" was in the name. So I'm exempt from that this time.
Avalanche City also has this other song called "You & I" that's pretty cute and features the line, "if you were addicted to fabric, you could fill a whole room in our house." Which seems really specific to me. That same song also has a line that goes, "If you were a supermodel, I would help you lift your bags," which I think could be an indictment of the fact that supermodels are generally very thin and don't eat enough to be strong enough to perform simple tasks such as lifting a bag, and are forced into eating disorders by a terrible industry that is responsible for a lot of the self-image issues our society faces, making girls everywhere feel like they have to live up to a beauty standard that is not realistic or reasonable or healthy at all. But I might be reading into it a little.