Swedish band Holograms release the music video for the track “Lay Us Down” from their sophomore album, Forever.
The 7-minute, black-and-white video has intense visual moments. It
starts with an introduction saturated with the ethereal sounds of a
church choir, photographs and fast-forwarded videos flashing on the
screen. After a brief quote from the late poet Salvotore Quasimodo, the
track kicks in, along with slow-motion shots of wrestling matches and a
One of the most dumbfoundingly awesome live shows I ever saw at SXSW
was by British rock trio Esben And The Witch, whose monstrous swirl of
noise threatened to chew up and swallow everyone within earshot. Esben’s
new black and white performance video for “No Dog,”
from their upcoming split 12-inch with Thought Forms, captures the
band’s sheer tumultuous power. They’ve parted ways with Matador and will
be releasing the single on Invada, the label run by Portishead’s Geoff
Barrow. Further down the line is a new album later this year, and
they’re planning a pledge drive to fund recording with Steve Albini. But
first there’s this video, which deserves your full attention.
The London quintet Night Flowers plays glimmering guitar music that
manages to be bright and poppy without giving up its melancholic mood.
They’re releasing a self-titled EP next month on Dirty Bingo Records,
the label that helped launch Woman’s Hour and Paradise, and today we’ve
got the first video. “Neverland” strikes a balance somewhere between
English pop balladeers the Clientele and the sparkling sounds of Pains
Of Being Pure At Heart. It’s matched with bizarre yet evocative imagery
by director Iain Marcks.
The last video we saw from Odonis Odonis was a creepy story set to the noisy and chaotic “New Obsession,”
so it would totally understandable if you were to watch this and think
it was the work of a completely different band. But that’s just the way
Odonis Odonis’ new album, Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled, works. Side A
is all industrial punk, followed by a smooth and sweeter second half.
“Angus Mountain” comes from that second half and it’s a prettier track
than “New Obsession,” set to a visual that’s a little easier on the
eyes. The Jesse Yules-directed video folds up images of the band like
origami while using a hypnotic mirroring effect that makes everything
fold in on itself. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but with that
symmetrical effect, it brings to mind Nicolas Provost’s classic
experimental short film “Papillion D’Amour.”
Just about a year after they first ended up on our radar,
Tweens will drop their debut album this spring. You already heard “Be
Mean,” which was destined to be a single even back when it had only been
released in lo-fi demo form, and now you can watch the Perry
Shall-and-Eddie Austin-directed video. It takes the form of a grainy old
instruction video with tips on how to slap a member of Tweens, proper
phone etiquette, and how they blink (answer: they don’t).
releasing two incredible, hard-hitting albums and countless singles on
various indie labels - White Lung are thrilled to make their jump to the
Domino family. Vancouver's resilient rock'n'roll outfit hit the ground
running with their new, powerful single 'Drown With The Monster' which
articulates prevailing lyrics and infectious guitars whirled in
relentless drum beats.
White Lung's singer Mish Way discusses "Drown With The Monster":
was looking at these pieces by Andrea Mary Marshall in The New Inquiry
and there was this quote from her, 'Toxic Women are toxic to themselves.
They are Tragic Heroines who blow dry their own wounds. I aspire to be
the opposite.' This song is about kicking habits and running away with a
new distraction. It's a song about my two biggest vices, but I'd rather
drown with the monster than blow dry my wounds."
A few weeks ago, out of nowhere, Gainesville impressionists Hundred Waters shared an absolutely spellbinding new song called “Down From The Rafters.”
As it turns out, that song was the opening shot from the band’s
as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which will be arriving shortly. This is
awesome news. And now the band has shared a video for a new song, the
warm and glimmering “Cavity.” The clip is hypnotic and mostly abstract,
and it focuses on the play of light across night-time desert landscapes
and across singer Nicole Miglis’s face. Michael Langan directs.
After a decade of inactivity followed by another decade of touring
the nostalgia circuit, Pixies have spent the last few months churning
out new content with Pollard-esque frequency. “Greens And Blues” is
included on the band’s January release, EP2,
and it’s now the third video to have been spawned by the 4-song
release. The clip was directed by Josh Frank, and its surrealist imagery
and conceits — underwater video, astronauts walking around Los Angeles,
the French title card — will be familiar to fans of the band.
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks is Animal Collective's Avey Tare, ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian, and ex-Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman. Their debut LP Enter the Slasher House is out April 8 in the U.S. and April 7 internationally via Domino. Now, they've shared a video for "Little Fang" directed by Avey Tare's sister Abby Portner. It stars a "Little Fang" puppet, made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, inside its own bizarre horror movie.
Brooklyn noise-rockers the Men have shared a video for their recent track "Pearly Gates" from Tomorrow's Hits. In the clip, directed by Brian Chillemi,
you'll find a police chase that ends in an unexpected motel scene
involving a sacrificial cult and some casual initiation-related
The War on Drugs have shared a video for their track "Red Eyes", from the album Lost in the Dream, which comes out March 18 via Secretly Canadian.
In the video, produced by Woodshop Films, the band members are judges
in a talent contest with unlikely contestants. They end up recruiting a
little kid to play guitar.
Last year, the London producer Bok Bok worked on “Guns & Synths,”
the opening track from the L.A. future-soul singer Kelela’s wonderful Cut 4 Me mixtape. Last week, Kelela returned the favor, singing on Bok Bok’s new glitch&B single “Melba’s Call.”
Kelela is also in the song’s brand-new video, beaming her image into a
futuristic recording studio that’s otherwise cold and deserted.
art-direction by Sushon.org
production by Nic Hamilton www.nichamilton.info
producer: Lane Stewart www.lane-stewart.com
DP: Ryan Kunkleman
camera assistant: Will Dintenfass
styling: Teena Sahebi
makeup: Jacqueline Lea Duffy
thanks: James Flemons
Arctic Monkeys just dropped a sweaty, glamorous video for “Arabella,” a song from their badass 2013 album AM; it follows “Do I Wanna Know?,” “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” and “One For The Road”
as the album’s fourth video. In the black-and-white clip, the band
plays for a house full of leather-jacketed gearheads. There are a few
flashes of boob, so be advised. I’m a little sad that it doesn’t end
with everyone in the house going to fight a gang of mods, but it’s still
a tough, effective video.
Last fall we premiered “Erosion,”
a pulsating synth dream by the superb British new wave band CYMBALS.
Months later, that song swooshes back into our consciousness with a
hallucinatory performance video by Matthew Reed meant to satirize
internet culture. Explains Stephen Pietrzykowski of Tough Love Records,
which released the band’s The Age Of Fracture this year: “the
Buzzfeed/clickbait/endless-rivers-of-meaningless-shit aesthetic that’s
come to dominate how a majority of people engage with the internet, and
the way this was subsequently seeping into the production of art.” In
this case the meaningless shit is quite striking, though.
El-P and Killer Mike's chain-snatching, poodle-shooting, antihero anthem
"Run The Jewels" gets an appropriately bugged out animated video
courtesy of Bristol's RUFFMERCY. Watch this at high volume, preferably
in a residential area.
Directed by RUFFMERCY
DOP - Tim Crawley
Animated by Patch Keyes & RUFFMERCY
Produced by RUFFMERCY STUDIOS
With thanks to Jonatan Jonson, Linus & Studio Moross