Sorry I’ve dropped the ball on keeping up with these. I was a little bit out of commission last week. To make up for it, this week we’ll be playing catchup. Check back for a new Roo Clue solution every day!
For Roo Clue 4, Bonnaroo decided that we weren’t fit for interpreting the imagery from their videos anymore, so they fed us the actual text along with a (rather annoying) weeping tree:
Oh, the weeping tree,
But beauty in the moon’s glow,
Peace before the cut.
Here’s the thing about these clues: they have no real rhyme or reason for how they’re set up (though their format and delivery is consistent). They could be hinting a very small or moderately large band. They could be alluding to an album or a video or random trivia or the band’s name itself. Some of them are fairly singular in the clue they’re hinting; some are hinting multiple, more obscure pieces. Some are very, very literal to the point of almost seeming too easy. Some require a bit more interpretation. The mistake I (and many others) often make, is trying to tackle each clue with the same mindset as the previous clue, then reaching for a solution that doesn’t quite fit.
I believe the answer to this particular clue to be one of the easier, more literal ones. Though some speculation has included Pink Floyd members Roger Waters or David Gilmour, together or separately, or even The Flaming Lips covering Pink Floyd, none of those make perfect sense. They also seem like over-thinking or wishful thinking. Another theory floating around is Paul McCartney, but even if the clue supported it, there’s zero chance of Bonnaroo spilling their biggest headliner this way. This clue still might be alluding to one of the biggest bands hinted yet, however, and I think the video below is the solution:
Yep, I’m calling this one for MGMT and if that video isn’t convincing enough, here’s why:
- The clue is a literal description of the synopsis of the “Electric Feel” video (above). There’s a willow tree, beautiful imagery in the moon’s glow, and peace before the moon is cut apart, at which point the video descends into chaos.
- “Peace before the cut”- The song “Pieces of What” comes directly before “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” on Oracular Spectacular.
- “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” has “moon” right in the title and emphases the word “cut” in its lyrics.
- MGMT are prepping to release a new album, they haven’t played Bonnaroo since 2008, and they will certainly be making festival rounds for 2013.
So there you go, I’m calling this one solved. Bonnaroo just keeps getting more and more exciting with every announcement! Can June hurry up and get here already?
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And don’t forget to check out our 2013 Bonnaroo Lineup Rumors post, which is regularly updated with the lastest info and speculation!