2/02/2016

Leon Bridges - “River” (Official Video)



The short film for Leon Bridges’ single “River” begins with a road trip through an unnamed bit of American landscape. Bridges stars in the Miles Jay-directed clip and performs in a motel room to soundtrack scenes of families and strangers in need of healing. It’s a thoughtful, poignant accompaniment to an already emotional song.

Matmos - “Ultimate Care II Excerpt Three” (Official Video)



Insanely specific and thorough concept duo Matmos, is back with another awesomely weird video off their latest washing machine-themed album Ultimate Care II. They shared a video for “Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five” just before the end of last year. Today they have given “Ultimate Care II Excerpt Three” a matching set of visuals continuing their methodical approach to their concept. The video is even stranger than the last, but it perfectly matches the glitchy, ambient computer blips that seem to lack any kind of time signature or rhythm. Disjointed images of washing machines overlayed with anything from snakes to Paul Frank monkeys quickly cut to people urinating in washers and dryers with very brief nudity. I’m not sure if there is a niche for quirky laundromat urine fetishes, but if there is, this is the perfect video.

Teen Suicide - “Alex” (Official Video)



Teen Suicide have long been the affected anti-heroes of the underground. Originally started as a solo project of Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Brown) in 2010, the band grew bigger than anticipated within the online community that sprung up around artists in the Orchid Tapes orbit in the early-’10s (is it still too early to say that now?), and then eventually burned out. They left behind a full-length, I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is A Devil Inside My Body, and a few other releases — most notably two EPs, DC Snuff Film and Waste Yrself — that continued to grow in popularity even as all of the band’s respective members moved on to other things.

Last year, Teen Suicide reactivated: Run For Cover reissued I Will Be My Own Hell… and the two EPs, and the band made it known that they would be coming back. Over the past few weeks, they’ve been uploading demos of new songs to their Twitter and Tumblr, teasing an inevitable return. Now the big day is finally here: Teen Suicide will release a new double album — It’s The Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honeypot — centered around a solidified lineup. “Alex” is the album’s first single, and comes attached to a video featuring the band smashing guitars. Watch and listen via Paper below.
 
Director of Photography - Nick Hughes
Edited by Nick Hughes
Produced by Wolf Stream

Usher - “Chains” (Feat. Nas & Bibi Bourelly) Video



R&B/pop singer Usher recruited Nas and Bibi Bourelly to throw his conversation piece on police violence, “Chains,” into the discourse last fall. The song was accompanied with a TIDAL-exclusive interactive video featuring the many unarmed police murder victims of recent memory. Today, Usher offers another set of visuals for all to see that are equally heavy. Powerful, lingering black-and-white images of guns and handcuffs shattering on the ground are interspersed with somber cuts of Usher delivering a passionate performance of the song surrounded by religious imagery. Director Ben Louis Nicholas has a particularly resonant scene where Usher makes his way through a church and the congregation’s eyes are completely glazed over as if all their hope has been drained through their pupils. There have been many contributions to the movement against police brutality, but this is one worth dwelling on for a bit.

Junior Boys - “Over It” (Official Video)



In a few days, Canadian electro-pop veterans Junior Boys return with their new album Big Black Coat. And in director Lee Skinner’s new video for their twitchy single “Over It,” their music opens up a whole new world. The clip starts out in a depressing Canadian bar, where an old drunk zones out on a TV screen. Soon enough, though, the action moves to a greenscreen-equipped film studio. And from there, things get psychedelic.

Puff Daddy - “Blow A Check” (Feat. French Montana & Zoey Dollaz) Video



Last year, Puff Daddy released the absurdly, shockingly entertaining free album MMM, and today he’s got a new video for “Blow A Check,” one of that album’s most kinetic tracks. The video, like the album that birthed it, should be way less fun than it is. But it’s got Puff burning enormous stacks of money and Puff and French Montana recreating one of the Wolf Of Wall Street office-party scenes, and if you can resist any of that, you are stronger than me. Watch the video below, via The FADER.

Ben Watt - “Gradually” (Official Video)



British singer-songwriter Ben Watt, formerly one-half of Everything But The Girl, is returning in a few months with his third solo album, Fever Dream, which features Suede’s Bernard Butler and some guest vocals from Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor. He’s just shared a video for dusty lead single “Gradually,” which he described to The Guardian as “Pentangle meets Crazy Horse.” According to Watt, the song is “what can happen to a long ongoing relationship over time; the gradual shifting sands; how love mutates, changes speed; how interior worlds can be obstructive.” The video, shot in London’s backstreets and directed by John Jeanes, follows the story of a working girl who meets an artist. “John was working on the story of a misunderstanding in a short-term relationship,” Watt says. “He wondered if I had music that might fit. At the time, I was thinking about making a film for my song ‘Gradually,’ which looks at misunderstandings in a long-term relationship. I thought the intersection of the two ideas could be interesting.”

2/01/2016

Low - “Into You” (Official Video)



Minnesota slowcore legends Low released their Ones And Sixes album last year, and now they’ve made a video for the hushed, devotional “Into You,” one of the songs from that album. Directors Jim Burns and Beth Chalmers filmed the video in Glasgow, juxtaposing shots of the band performing with images of light reflecting off of the River Clyde.

Primal Scream - “Where The Light Gets In” (Feat. Sky Ferreira) Video



Primal Scream's new album Chaosmosis is out March 18 via First International/Ignition. Sky Ferreira duets with Bobby Gillespie on the album's lead single, "Where the Light Gets In." Below, watch the video. "Where the Light Gets In" was produced by Gillespie, Andrew Innes, and Peter Bjorn and John's Bjorn Yttling.

Directed by Douglas Hart
Executive Producer Juliette Larthe
Producer Margo Mars

FIDLAR - “Why Generation” (Official Video)



FIDLAR released their latest album, Too, back in 2015, and today the band debuted a new video for the song “Why Generation.” The track is a meditation on what it means to be young in the 21st century and questions whether or not our dependence on technology renders us stupid and/or boring. So, it’s appropriate that the guys in FIDLAR take the form of emoji in this new video.

Reuben Hollebon - “Common Table” (Official Video)



Reuben Hollebon delivers his new single “Common Table” with a whisper, which demonstrates that the UK-based singer-songwriter doesn’t need huge, arching arrangements in order to deliver songs with a profound message. Hollebon explained that “Common Table” is about the simple act of sharing a meal and company with friends and strangers:
The song comes from a good truth that when we eat together it benefits us all, calmly desperate for less segregation… And when we die we return to resting together before the next happening, regardless of belief. The music spins and cycles with this.
Hollebon’s forthcoming album, Terminal Nostalgia, is due out in May, and was largely self-produced. Hollebon spent time as a recording engineer before embarking on his solo career, and he helped produce works for Imogen Heap, Courtney Barnett, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Emma Rozanski directed a sparse, meditative video to accompany the track.

DJDS - “I Don’t Love You” (Official Video)



Last month, the Los Angeles dance duo DJDS released their impressive, emotive new album Stand Up And Speak. The duo’s music videos have always been good; check out their “Stand Up And Speak” video for proof. And today, they unveil their new clip for the album track “I Don’t Love You.” In the clip, from director Daniel Pappas, a young woman in a white dress breezes through Hollywood, encountering dancing superheroes and cemetery peacocks, before finding something like rapture in a nightclub.

Pill Friends - "Bleed" (Official Video)



Back in 2013, Pill Friends released their debut album, Blessed Suffering, and followed that up the next year with the Fade Into Nothing EP; later this month, the drab-punk Pennsylvania group is back with another new album, Child Sacrifice. If those dark and defeatist titles speak to anything about the band, it’s that it has often served as an outlet for the messiest of emotions over the past few years, an excising of singer and main songwriter Ryan Wilson’s personal demons. His droll voice grounds every Pill Friends song, which often feel like they’ve been locked away for a long while gathering dust. “Bleed,” a full-band recording of a demo from 2013, is stormy yet inviting — it’s a wonder and a testament to the band’s strength that the song, with its chorus of “All that love never killed/ Will never mean anything at all,” still manages to sound so uplifting. Listen and watch a new video directed by Stephen Tringali.

PJ Harvey - “The Wheel” (Official Video)



PJ Harvey is back later this year with the new album The Hope Six Demolition Project. And like her 2011 album Let England Shake, the new single “The Wheel” is consumed with ideas and images of wartime. On that last album, Harvey worked a bunch with battlefield photographer Seamus Murphy, and now he’s directed her video for “The Wheel,” which he filmed in Kosovo, the site of some terrible ethnic violence in the late ’90s. Harvey visited Kosovo in 2011, and the video captures her there, as well as in her London rehearsal space. And it also has images from a more recent visit that Murphy made last year. It shows a devastated nation and shows all these intriguing images of what life is like there now. Below, watch the video and read some words about it from Harvey and Murphy, via Noisey.

In a statement to Noisey, Harvey says:
When I’m writing a song I visualize the entire scene. I can see the colors, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.
Meanwhile, Murphy wrote a much longer piece about both the song and the video. Here’s a part of it:
The song “The Wheel” has the journey to Kosovo at its center. Who is to say what else has influenced and informed its creation? The sight of a revolving fairground wheel in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje near the capital Pristina is the concrete reference point for the title. I can tell you its date — 4th August 2011 — from the piece of footage I made as we walked up the street to our parked car near the train station. It was a passing observation of a commonplace image, one of many that day. While Polly took notes I might have been more interested in something else happening across the street and not bothered to shoot or even have seen it. That day we were gathering material in a blind, optimistic endeavor; characteristic of the way we tend to work together. We had no idea if any of it would ever be seen, heard or would make sense.
Was that sight alone the inspiration for the song? Without being told the stories of people who had suffered during the war, without visiting villages abandoned through ethnic cleansing and cycles of vengeance, without experiencing the different perceptions of people with shared histories, could the song have been written?

Watch Carly Rae Jepsen Sing Grease: Live! Original “All I Need Is An Angel”



Benevolent overlord Carly Rae Jepsen starred as Frenchy in Grease: Live!, which aired tonight on FOX. The live production of the 1971 musical included one brand new original song written just for Carly, the Tom Kitt- and Brian Yorkey-penned “All I Need Is An Angel,” because duh you’re not gonna cast Carly Rae Jepsen and then not give her her own musical number. Just before her performance of the song, Didi Conn, the actress who played Frenchy in the famous 1978 film version, made a brief cameo as a waitress. Watch a clip of Jepsen singing “All I Need Is An Angel” below via Billboard.



As Billboard points out, Joe Jonas also made an appearance in the production as Johnny Casino, performing Danny & The Juniors’ “Rock ‘N Roll Is Here To Stay” with his new band DNCE.

Def Leppard - “Dangerous” (Official Video)



Not gonna lie, I slept on Def Leppard’s self-titled Q4 2015 release. I dedicated a lot of energy last year to waxing rhapsodic about Iron Maiden and Max Martin, but I totally forgot about the single band at the exact midpoint between those two artists. You can’t blame me! Most of the Lep’s catalog is absent from Spotify, and the album that preceded their new one came out eight years ago and it was the worst thing they’d ever released. Anyway, yesterday, out of the clear blue sky, my Black Market co-worker Ian Chainey shares this brand-new video on our Slack channel, just to make fun of the CGI. Then, five seconds later, he follows that with:
This song is actually really good. :-(
WHY THE FROWNY FACE? Have we all grown so cynical that an “actually really good” Def Leppard song brings us sadness? I dunno, man. But on the other hand, I kinda get it, too. Like, this song is actually really good, and nobody is paying attention, because nobody cares about Def Leppard anymore, including me.
:-(
But I do care about really good songs, and Def Leppard’s best songs are better than just about anybody else’s. And Def Leppard’s very best song, of course, is “Photograph,” from 1983’s Pyromania. Anyway, “Dangerous” sounds a whole lot like “Photograph,” which means it’s not actually really good — it’s actually fucking awesome. 

It’s rare we get a chance to go back to an album we missed and exhort others to listen, but this awful video — which just premiered in the video game Guitar Hero :-( — has offered me an opportunity to right this one particular oversight and injustice, in my own small way. I suggest you ignore the visuals, because they are distracting and weird; they look like the sort of CGI that you’ll sometimes see in regional-cable commercials for online colleges that offer a major in “computer graphics.” The song, on the other hand, sounds like the sort of miraculously catchy and perfectly crafted pop you won’t hear from any other band in the whole world.

Massive Attack - “Take It There” (Feat. Tricky) (Official Video)



Massive Attack – “Take It There” (Feat. Tricky) (Dir. Hiro Murai)

That Deadwood reboot turned out weird.

Dirty Dishes - “Guilty” (Official Video)



Dirty Dishes released their very good debut album Guilty almost exactly a year ago today, and today they’re jolting our memory for the chaotically beautiful LA-to-Brooklyn band’s LP with a video for the record’s title track. The “Guilty” video follows the story of an alien and a fern, and why we sometimes have to leave behind the ones that we love. The plot is a little sparse, but it mostly serves as a good occasion to sit back and enjoy a track that you maybe haven’t heard in a while, paired with some trippy visuals created by The Current Sea’s Sarah Zucker and Brian Griffith. Watch it via Independent Music News.