Dark folk troubadour Louis Barabbas is celebrating a month of 'dog days' with the launch of an animated version of his song, The Tell-Tale Hound.
The fans' favourite tells the ill-fated story of a love triangle between a man, a woman and an eternally panting dog.
Louis said 6 July was the ideal date as "according to The Book Of Common Prayer, that's when the 'Dog Daies' begin."
The video has been made by filmmaker Sam Alder and animator Scott Lockhart.
In his usual showman-like way, Louis has chosen to release it on the first of the summer's 'Dog Days', which he said fit in with the spirit of the track perfectly.
"Dog Days or dies caniculares are the hottest, most sultry days of Summer and were popularly believed to be an evil time 'when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid', according to Brady's Clavis Calendarium.
Almost three years after it first emerged from its kennel, we are giving The Tell-Tale Hound its very own show
"The Old Farmer's Almanac states that these are the days of the year when moisture is at its lowest.
"So when better then to tell a tale set in 'a dirty old town where it always rains' as it says in the lyrics?"
He added that the song, which featured on his debut album, Found Drowned, was chosen to be animated because it has "taken on a force all of its own [and] it's reached the point where the song plays us, rather than the other way around."
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