1/29/2015

Purity Ring - “Push Pull” (Official Video)



Purity Ring’s sophomore album Another Eternity is easily one of the most anticipated records of 2015. Megan James and Corin Roddick teased “Push Pull” back in December before all the details for the album surfaced along with second single “Begin Again” a few weeks ago. Now they’ve debuted director Renata Kaksha’s visuals for “Push Pull,” which are something of a call back to the album’s artwork. In the clip, James is encased in gossamer threads and wheeling through cosmic landscapes, until the external light begins to come from within her, too. It’s a very Purity Ring aesthetic, continuing their exploration of the messy, complex relationship between the spiritual and physical realms.

Kanye West - “Only One” (Feat. Paul McCartney) Video (Dir. Spike Jonze)



UPDATE: The full “Only One” video is now up, in non-embeddable form, on Kanye’s website.

Kanye West debuted his videos for “Bound 2” and “Love Lockdown” on Ellen, and he seems to love showing up on her show every time he’s got some major new aesthetic shift going on. He’s on today’s episode of the show, and he used the appearance to preview his video for “Only One,” the ridiculously lovely Paul McCartney collab he released as the year turned over. Spike Jonze, Kanye’s old “Flashing Lights” collaborator, directed the video, and it’s as simple as that one was, albeit in very different ways. The whole video, or at least the minute-long clip of it that Kanye has shared, is Kanye and his daughter North West spending time together in a rainy field in what looks like Scotland. It looks like a home movie, and that’s clearly the idea.

Kanye is, of course, working on a new album, and word around the campfire is that McCartney co-produced some of it along with Kanye. (McCartney is also on the new single “FourFiveSeconds” along with Kanye and Rihanna.) But if you were hoping that Kanye would properly announce the album on Ellen, you’ll be disappointed. He said that he hasn’t even picked a title yet, so it could be a while yet before we hear this thing. In the interview, Kanye appeared relatively calm and subdued, and he talked a bit about how his new partnership with Adidas has allowed him to cool out and relax. There’s also a bit where Ellen raps nice things about Kanye. There are no earthshaking revelations in the interview, but you can watch two clips from it, along with the “Only One” preview, below.

Will Butler - “Anna” (Official Video)



Arcade Fire member Will Butler’s solo record Policy is shaping up to be mighty intriguing. Lead single “Take My Side” was a wiry blast of garage rock, a sound Butler veers far away from on the album’s second single. “Anna” is a propulsive new wave track laden with horns, synths, a striking piano figure, and an eminently danceable groove that Butler absolutely takes advantage of in the video. It’s a single unbroken shot of him shaking his body in a suit and tie, pimped out with a few minimal visual effects. Combined with the song, which is great, it makes for one of the most memorable videos of the year so far.

Menace Beach - “Tastes Like Medicine” (Official Video)



Leeds-based Menace Beach released their debut LP, Ratworld, a few days ago, and it’s hard to describe them as anything but a really fun band. The record is easy listening, but that doesn’t detract from the gauzy interplay of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet’s respective voices. “Tastes Like Medicine” is one of Ratworld’s first singles, and the video features decaying black-and-white footage of Menace Beach performing below a whimsically animated overlay.

Dirty Dishes - “Thank You Come Again” (Official Video)



The LA-based duo Dirty Dishes released their debut LP Guilty yesterday, a series of unpredictable and totally consuming tracks that are definitely worthy of your time if you haven’t listened already. Today, the band premiered the music video for the album’s shapeshifting lead-off track, “Thank You Come Again.” Directed and edited by comedian Pat Bishop, the video features Jenny Tuite repeatedly attempting to rob her donut-slinging band member Alex Molini and embarrassing the hell out of him in the process. It’s farcical and incredibly well-produced.

Young Guv - “Crushing Sensation” (Official Video)



Fucked Up’s Ben Cook will soon release Ripe 4 Luv, his latest LP under the moniker Young Guv, and earlier this month we heard the album’s first single, “Wrong Crowd.” Today, Cook shared another new song, the lo-fi power-pop tune “Crushing Sensation,” along with a low-budget video by Danielle Nemet.

1/28/2015

Lxury - “Square 1″ (Feat. Deptford Goth) Video



Lxury is a young London dance producer with Disclosure affiliations, and we’ve posted his tracks “Pick You Up” and “Let Down.” On his new single “Square 1,” he joins forces with the downcast singer/producer Deptford Goth for a hard-thumping but atmospheric dance-pop jam. The song’s got a strangely hypnotic animated video from director Mau Morgo. It shows us CGI hands doing sign-language dances and twisting themselves up into impossible pretzels, and according to the YouTube description, it’s “an homage to the narrative we find in African funeral rituals, where the relationship between dead and alive is made through and dance not words.”

Zola Jesus - “Hunger” (Official Video)



Fresh off of playing outside in the snow, Zola Jesus has shared the video for “Hunger,” a track off of her shoot-for-the-mainstream record Taiga. The video, which was directed by BANGS (aka Allie Avital Tsypin), sees Nika Roza Danilova standing in a series of statuesque poses while the camera sweeps around her. “The video for ’Hunger’ is essentially a sculpture project … an exploration of a life form: both raw and refined. A negotiation between form and inner life, movement and stillness, desire and satiation,” BANGS explained in a press release. “Working with Nika is always an honest and satisfying collaboration … it was really fun to interpret the song and Nika’s aesthetic sensibilities through film.” The video features a new mix of the track, which will be featured on a new digital single along with a B-side called “Compass.”

Lion Babe - “Treat Me Like Fire” (Official Video)



Lion Babe are quickly becoming one of those names that crop up in conversations about artists poised to break out in 2015. The silky vocals of Jillian Hervey and minimal, jazzy production of Lucas Goodman hit a sweet spot between pop, electronic, and R&B. Maneuvering through those three realms can be a difficult balancing act, but these two make it look like a cakewalk. “Treat Me Like Fire” is on the self-titled debut EP they released last month, and the visuals feature Hervey and Goodman flickering in and out of the frame in stark black and white. Nothing against Goodman, but when Hervey is the focus of the shot it’s almost impossible to look away; as the daughter of Vanessa Williams she has certainly inherited plenty of her mother’s charisma. It’s labeled as “visual #2″ because a previous video for “Treat Me Like Fire” already exists, but the understated nature of this new one indicates a quiet maturity that suits them well.

Run the Jewels - "Lie, Cheat, Steal" (Official Video)



Run The Jewels’ RTJ2 was our favorite album of last year, and if they end up making videos for every song on the record, we will not complain. They’ve already made clips for “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” and today they’ve debuted the clip for “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” the monster banger they performed on Conan earlier in the month. Director Ruffmercy’s clip is pretty simple: Just Killer Mike and El-P rapping in front of a tagged-up wall while trippy graphics fly around them. But it’s a great video for the same reason that a Run The Jewels live show is a total must-see: These guys have ridiculous levels of chemistry and energy, and it’s just a blast to watch them go.

The Sidekicks - “Everything In Twos” (Official Video)



The Sidekicks released their latest album Runners In The Nerved World last week, and when we premiered the album stream a few weeks ago, Chris mentioned that the first time he saw the Sidekicks was at a house show in their shared home base of Columbus, Ohio. The Sidekicks look and sound like the kind of band that you should first be introduced to in someone’s grody basement, overwhelmed by the smell of spilled beer and repugnant body odor. So it’s fitting that the video for “Everything In Twos” revolves around the band performing inside of what could be likened to a crusty version of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

Beech Creeps - “Sun Of Sud” (Official Video)



Brooklyn-based Beech Creeps will release their self-titled debut later this year, and we heard the album’s single “Times Be Short” at the beginning of the month. Beech Creeps’ name might refer to trees rather than the sea shore, but they still sound like psych-inspired surf rock, and their music video for “Sun Of Sud” features some jolted camera work documenting a trip to the coastline. Andrew Deutsch directs.

Yumi Zouma - “Catastrophe” (Official Video)



New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma introduced the world to their wispy dream pop on last year’s self-titled EP (Stream), and the plans to follow it up have already been set in motion. EP II will be out in March of this year, and today they’ve shared the video for their new single “Catastrophe.” Is anyone else getting strong Twin Peaks vibes from the diner scene coffee close-ups and the sleepy small-town minutia? By the time everyone starts succumbing to a mysterious force, it almost feels like a natural extension of the eerie vibes. The clip was directed by BANGS, who has previously done videos for the likes of Hundred Waters and Mutual Benefit. Also, it is apparently part one of a two part film — so the cliff-hanger ending will be resolved soon.

1/27/2015

NiGHTMARE BOY - "Chivalry Is Alive And Well And Living In Glasgow” (Official Music Video)



NiGHTMARE BOY is Barrie-James O'Neill of the band Kassidy, best known for his collaborations with Lana Del Rey. (He's also her ex-boyfriend.) O'Neill co-wrote "Brooklyn Baby" on Ultraviolence and duetted with Del Rey on a cover of "Summer Wine".

The NiGHTMARE BOY album is due out later this year, co-produced by Rob Schnapf and Jim Abbiss. It features a duet with Del Rey called "Riverside".

"Chivalry Is Alive and Well and Living in Glasgow" was directed by Joe Rubalcaba and stars Holly Marilyn Solem (of the TV show "Hand of God").

Programm - “Like The Sun” (Official Video)



Toronto quartet Programm have shared a video for the title track off their upcoming debut EP Like The Sun, produced by Alexandre Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles, Diamond Rings). It’s a rich, lushly spaced track with simple drum sequencing, low-end synth bass, and heavily reverbed electric guitar power chords, and director Amos Leblanc (with financial assistance from MuchFACT) gives it an equally rich, picturesque set of visuals. Beautifully shot in black and white, the video is filled with images of waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and luscious forests with a minimalist quality which perfectly accompanies the song.

José González - “Leaf Off / The Cave” (Official Video)



The Sunday Assembly is apparently a real thing: A nonreligious church congregation that exists to “celebrate being alive.” And with the video for his lovely new single “Leaf Off / The Cave,” the Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter José González performs the song with a full choir in front of a Sunday Assembly service in Gothenburg, Sweden. Director Mikel Cee Karlsson also films some slow-motion portraits of some of the families in the congregation. Those are some happy people! It all looks really nice!

N.E.R.D. - "Squeeze Me" (from The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water) Video



"Squeeze Me"
Performed by N.E.R.D.
From "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water"
(c) 2015 i am OTHER/Columbia Records

N.E.R.D. has gotten back together to contribute a few original songs to the soundtrack for the upcoming film Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. We’ve already heard “Squeeze Me,” and now here are two unmistakably Spongebob-inspired tracks called “Patrick Star” and “Sandy Squirrel,” named after two characters from the show. They’re pretty disposable as N.E.R.D. tracks, but kind of fun if you have kids or are really into Spongebob. “If you want to draw a parallel, maybe think of what the Beatles did with Yellow Submarine,” is how Chad Hugo explained the soundtrack to Variety.

UPDATE: They’ve also just shared a video for “Squeeze Me.”

Ultimate Painting - “Riverside” (Official Video)



UK duo Ultimate Painting have shared a video for “Riverside,” a wobbly, daydream-like track off of last year’s self-titled debut. The video is made up of some home video-esque shots of a father and son, but it’s a little more heady than it appears. Director Elizabeth Skadden explains: “I was inspired by the theme of autonomy within the song to create this piece featuring a small child testing his independence on a day out with his single father. Shot on discontinued super 8 film, the pair wake up and have a run around a cemetery before dad carries our protagonist back home. We see the son riding a park train all by himself in the organ break, foreshadowing his future autonomous self.”