7/30/2015

Miami Horror - “Cellophane (So Cruel)” (Official Video)



Miami Horror’s new video for “Cellophane (So Cruel)” makes your dream of being in two places at once a reality. A camera pans around a room with white floors and white walls, showing people doing simple tasks alongside an extended hand or foot. The camera then follows the extended hand or foot to the next person, and repeat. Basically, every person in the video has a hand or a foot in some other scene. It sounds complicated, and it is. See the still above for reference. Perhaps the inspiration for the video, directed by Lachlan Dickie, came from this line in the song: “You say you gotta take off / Have you got somewhere better to be?” The poppy Australian synth quartet are no strangers to obscure videos, as we learned back in April with their crime drama video for “Love Like Mine.” Both songs are found on the band’s sophomore release, All Possible Futures.

Tkay Maidza - “M.O.B.” (Official Video)



Sometimes the universe manages to self-correct itself with the precision of a pop song. After the reign (and subsequent fall) of clueless Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, a new voice has emerged from that same southern island. That voice belongs to Tkay Maidza, a Zimbabwe-born, Australian-raised rapper, singer, and producer who released her breakout project Switch Tape at the end of last year.
Tkay Maidza (pronounced: Tee-kay My-zda) is short for Takudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza, the kind of name that practically demands its recipient create something huge and wonderful, like the glistening postmodern rap compositions she makes. On Switch Tape Maidza samples Yeezus, collaborates with electronic experimentalists like SBTRKT and Bok Bok, and handles sharp hooks with the same fluidity as her precisely rapped verses. A sense of free-floating exuberance emerges from even the darkest corners of her music; this is a woman who makes rapping sound effortless while twisting difficult rhythms and constantly evolving production.

After she uploaded Switch Tape to SoundCloud as one 33-minute mix, Maizda cut “M.O.B.” (Money Over Bitches, duh) out of that stream and used it as a single to point back toward the whole tape.

Today we’re premiering the song’s animated video, a call-back to the cartoon Tkay in her “Switch Lanes” video. Maidza is a regal, fierce, and clever musician gunning straight for the top. Based off this song alone, it won’t be long until she get there.

7/29/2015

Foals - “Mountain At My Gates” (Official Video 360º) (GoPro Spherical)




It seems a little counterintuitive to get esteemed music video director Nabil to shoot one entirely on a crappy little GoPro camera, but that’s what the video for Foals’ “Mountain At My Gates” asks of him. Nabil and the band have collaborated before on videos for “Bad Habit” and “Late Night,” so it makes sense that he’d say yes. The gimmick here is that it was all shot on one of GoPro’s “spherical” cameras, which allow for an interactive video where you can scroll around 360-degrees Google Maps-style and see Yannis Philippakis and company playing in an alleyway with some mountains as their backdrop. To view the interactive video, you’ll have to be using Google Chrome or the Youtube app on mobile.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Ur Life One Night” (Official Video)



Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s excellent, funky third album Multi-Love came out earlier this year, and today the band have shared a video for “Ur Life One Night.” UMO frontman Ruban Nielson told Rolling Stone that he was specifically interested in connecting with an Indian director for the project:
I was really obsessed with working with a director in India because it seemed crazy that they have the biggest film industry in the world and yet I’d never made a video there. I feel really privileged to have connected with [director] Manoj [Leonel Jahson] and to have this video.
Jahson also discussed his excitement about the video, which uses elements of Indian magical-realism:
When we first spoke with UMO, the idea of creating something abstract yet fun, for their single ‘Ur Life One Night’ sounded very exciting. I am deeply inspired by the quirky Indian magical-realism from our mythology and wanted to create something rooted, but still visually appealing. The music lent a dream-like quality and the lyric pushed us to the motif of the Goddess being pursued, yet always being out of reach. The visual language naturally led to borrowing heavily from Traditional Asian Art including miniature paintings from the Mughal period to create multiple dreams-capes and ended up being a sexually charged riot with a fair dose of humor and symbolism.

Watch Liam Gallagher Play A New Song In An Irish Pub



Liam Gallagher debuted a new song in County Mayo, Ireland this past weekend. The former frontman of Oasis (and Beady Eye!) joined local musicians at J.J. Finan’s pub and played a short acoustic set. The new song is still unnamed, but as NME points out, it includes a possible reference to his brother Noel’s recent album Chasing Yesterday: “When I wake up and I hear you say/ There’s no love worth chasing yesterday.”

The Darkness - “Last Of Our Kind” (Official Video)



Glam-rock revivalists the Darkness released their fourth album, Last Of Our Kind, a few months back, and now they’ve shared a video for the title track. The band brought a whole cast of characters with them, who dance along and vamp it up against a white backdrop. The only problem I can see is that the drummer is wearing a Native American headdress which, ugh, but everyone else seems to be having fun.

Oddisee - “Belong To The World” (Official Video)


Back in May, underground Washington, D.C. rapper/producer Oddisee released his excellent (and underrated) new LP The Good Fight, a warm, kinetic swirl of jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Now we’re getting a video for early track “Belong To The World,” a fiercely individualistic outsider anthem about finding a sense of belonging within that otherness. Director Zachary Kashkett follows that theme, punctuating gorgeous, isolated shots of Oddisee with small moments of human and musical connection.

Silicon - “Burning Sugar” (Official Video)



Silicon is the self-described “pop-aspersion” project of Hawaiian-New Zealander Kody Nielson, the brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. The video for “Burning Sugar” from Silicon’s upcoming Personal Computer caters to the internet’s revitalized idea of retro-futuristic aestheticism. When Nielson sings of sugar burning, we see gold-painted hands holding a spoonful of sugar being burned by a pale pink lighter in front of a eggshell blue background. When he sings of candles burning, we see a gold skull candle burning on a plain pastel pink backdrop. The colors and the lax vibe are all so hip, it’s no wonder Nielson is claiming his own genre.

7/28/2015

Kate Boy - “Midnight Sun” (Official Video)



Stockholm synthpop trio Kate Boy shared “Midnight Sun” a couple weeks ago in conjunction with the news of their long-awaited debut album. ONE won’t be out until November, but in the meantime they’ve released a video for the song. It flashes between stark, black and white footage of a girl in sweats (that recalls 2013’s “The Way We Are” video) and shots of her glittered and festooned in elaborate costume. Kate Boy directed and produced the whole thing themselves.

Nate Heller - “Dreamsong” (Feat. Amber Coffman)



The forthcoming movie The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is a coming-of-age period piece set in 1976, and it tells the story of a high school girl who falls in lust with her mother’s boyfriend. Nate Heller, brother of director Marielle Heller, contributed a couple of songs to the soundtrack, and one of those is “Dreamsong,” which features Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman and which Consequence Of Sound posted today. After years of yearing Coffman sing tricky, intricate Dave Longstreth songs, it’s fun to hear her doing a straight ahead, vaguely twee folk song. 

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Puscifer - “Grand Canyon” (Official Video)



Puscifer, the project of Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, is releasing its first album in four years. “Grand Canyon,” the first release off of Money Shot, is a busy soundscape sculpted by Keenan featuring UK’s Carina Round. The track is filled with echoing voice distortion and an almost Middle Eastern influence. “It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,”Keenan said of the new album to Rolling Stone.

The “Grand Canyon” video was directed by Keenan, Puscifer, and Ghost Atomic and shot by Gavin Fisher and Odin Wadleigh. It glides through breathtaking visuals of the Grand Canyon, truly “witnessing the majesty” of nature. The shots take place at all hours: coursing through the canyon during sunset, at night with shooting stars, and with the natural red hues during the day, ending in a very confrontational manner with lucha libre–masked characters from Puscifer’s “Toma” video aiming a slingshot at the camera.

The Weeknd - “Can’t Feel My Face” (Official Video)



“Can’t Feel My Face” is the Weeknd’s biggest hit ever, narrowly missing #1 for two straight weeks and enjoying the Tom Cruise treatment on Fallon last night. Abel Tesfaye first performed the song at the Apple Music launch event last month, and today he’s used Apple’s Connect service to debut the video. It begins as a fairly straightforward performance clip, with Tesfaye strutting his stuff on a nightclub stage in front of a bright blue curtain. Eventually, he catches fire, and an audience-wide dance party erupts along with the flames. It gives new meaning to the word “lit.”

Keith Richards - “Trouble” (Official Video)


Earlier this month, Keith Richards announced his upcoming fall release Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in over 20 years, and revealed its debut single “Trouble.” Now the bluesy tune has an accompanying video with a lively up-close performance that premiered on Apple Music Connect. The video was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, known for his documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and was shot in New York City’s Germano Studios, where most of the album was recorded. “Trouble” was written and produced by Richards and Steve Jordan, featuring Keith on guitars, bass, and vocals, Jordan on drums, percussion, and backup vocals, and Waddy Wachtel on electric guitar. Richards weighed in on the record, saying:
I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again. There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end. If you’re looking for “Trouble,” you’ve come to the right place.

LIZ - “When I Rule The World” (Official Video)



SOPHIE produced LIZ’s frantic, blippy new pop song “When I Rule The World,” and it’s a fascinating test case for the question of whether PC Music’s whole conceptual jackhammer future-pop aesthetic will work as actual pop music. The song debuted in a Samsung ad, and now it’s got a flashy video from veteran pop-video director Justin Francis. The video overdoses on little-princess imagery — stuffed animals, tiaras, an adorable puppy, a pair of dancing girls. It’s as busy as any K-pop video. And if Ariana Grande’s whole infant-chic thing creeps you out, you should probably go ahead and skip this one.

BEAK> - “The Broken Window” (Official Video)



Geoff Barrow’s improvisational Krautrock trio BEAK> released the follow-up to 2012’s >>, a split EP with their alter-ego band KAEB, today. We’ve already seen eerie videos for two of the songs, “There’s No One” and “The Meader,” and now the band’s released a new one for “The Broken Window.” Directed by Tia Salisbury, this video chronicles a train passenger’s mental break down through a distorted lens.

Mas Ysa - "Margarita" (Official Music Video)



Mas Ysa has shared a video for “Margarita,” a track off his new record and Album Of The Week honoree Seraph. It was filmed on location in scenic Hawaii, and director Kris Moyes takes advantage of the surroundings with some breathtaking wide shots of the landscape. The beauty is undercut by the macabre, however, as we follow a body wrapped in plastic travel through a river and out to sea. Very Twin Peaks, only it doesn’t look so cold and bleak out there in the Pacific. Mas Ysa mastermind Thomas Arsenault wears all white and treks through the burnt-out crags of the island before landing in front of the ocean. Watch it via Pitchfork .

Kevin Gates - “Kno One” (Official Video)



Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates may get a lot of attention for his discussions on unusual sexual endeavors, but behind his wild Instagram presence he’s also deemed one of the best rappers working today. This past spring he released his EP-length mixtape Murder For Hire, with leading track “Khaza“, and just this month put out a catchy standalone song called “Kno One.” Now Gates shares its official video where he parties at a barbecue and a billiards spot, as he sings the melodic hook to a neon-green dressed woman — of course with his signature pitbull in tow.

Communions - “Forget It’s A Dream” (Official Video)



Copenhagen punk four-piece Communions impressed us with their debut self-titled EP a few months ago, and they’re back with a video for the release’s sprawling opening track, “Forget It’s A Dream,” to remind everyone that they exist. It starts off with some grainy archival black-and-white footage of a wrestling match, but quickly switches gears to the stark monochromatic stylings of director Nikolaj Møller. “The video is about ​the special time and years around being a teenager​ growing up and becoming an adult. Around the innocent years with ​the ​​newly ​discove​red sexual attraction​ and exploration,” Møller explains.