“Please explain what angels mean to you?” is a great question to ask anyone you meet when you wake up from a post-swim nap in an alternate textile based reality that is both exciting and a little itchy. Speaking of alternate realities, dive deeper in Boh Doran’s with her stripped back cover of Børns “Electric Love”. These two songs are all we have so far but I’m liking where they are headed.
Sounds like… Mont Oliver are fitting to get 2015 started off with a dance party. Last year’s stunning and irresistible 19 EP lived in a bit darker territory but “All Yours” kicks up the funk and demands movement. Give in, yo.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Future: More greatness (them). Better swagger (you).
Sounds like… the tenderest moment you have ever had set to the tenderest striped back piano melody sung by a voice that you could have sworn was the one in your head. Its a beautiful thing that strikes you right in the heart.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Future: Debut album Goon is out next month but get into the slightlier more fleshed out, but no less heartbreaking, “How Could You Babe” below. And take a gander at 6’7″ Tobias.
Music for… people who love their ultra-catchy chillgroove jams set to tripped out videos telling tales of even trippier-ed out nights. Cheers to Jape for delivering on point. Non-cheers to all the people that knew about this band for years and never told me. Boo.
Location: Malmo, Sweden via Dublin, Ireland.
Future: New album, This Chemical Sea, came out last week.
Music for… anyone who can relate to the kid in the video below. Heart of gold that just can’t hold back the flood. Has to love and has to DANCE!
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Future: More love. More dancing. More Total Giovanni.
Music for… doing exactly what the guy in the video below is doing. If you can’t do exactly that then step away from the speakers slowly… you may hurt yourself. The producers behind Drake “Hold On I’m Coming Home” are
Location: Toronto, Canada
Future: Their debut EP A Place Like This is out now.
Music for… those of you who felt a tingle of excitement when you heard “20 Years Tall” but couldn’t quite figure out why because you were too trying to sing along. Days later when you got the chorus stuck in your head AGAIN you calmed your nerves with some Silent Alarm and DFA, before breaking out moves you haven’t seen on your body in years. And you felt happy. Its OK, so did I. And now Sego has delivered another jam to help with soothing our pleasantly frayed nerves. “Wicket Youth” is another side of the band and for my money, perfectly rounds out their sound. Sego is here and the future is bright.
Location: Los Angeles. The video below. Dive in.
Future: Wicket Youth EP , which includes “20 Years Tall”, out October 28th on Kitsune. Pre-order here.
Sounds like… Santa Barbara is stepping up its game. First FMLYBND and now Mexico City Blondes. Only one song out but this new video cements them as ones to watch. Definitely no worry of them disappearing though…
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Future: More sweet sultry sounds soon.
Music for… those of us who have been waiting FOREVER for Mystery Skulls to put out new jams and finally blow up so we can all love him around the world and live better lives. So what if this song has been out for years, its a new version and comes with a video so rad that I forgive everything. So far Mystery Skulls has been dominating the video game. And I couldn’t be happier. Keep it weird, wonderful, and generally undead.
Location: Los Angeles
Future: A gang of “Paralyzed” remixes out now.
It has been a hooooot minute since I dropped some magical eye candy music video madness on you but since its Friday and you are half checked for the weekend anyway I’m giving you the mother load here. Do not watch these if you have had too much coffee. Your brain may pop. But don’t skip any videos either! No cheating.
Alright, I’ve got my snacks. Lets go!
Chet Faker – Gold
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If you have been on the Internet in the past 10 years then you already know that Ok Go make amazing music videos. Their music and their insane visuals have been intertwined since 8 treadmills became one of YouTube first ever viral videos.
On Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to MOCA for the world premiere of their latest video “The Writing’s On The Wall”. It is awesome. Just watch it already. But what was more awesome was watching a 7-video Ok Go music video retrospective that intro-ed the premiere. Watching these videos in a theater full of people was truly special. I had seen all the music videos before, but always on a computer screen with maybe 1 or 2 other people around. The collective experience of watching all these clips really drove home how important this band is to pushing the boundaries of what is an acceptable effort for a music video.
Until recently Story of The Running Wolf held the title as best 80s inspired song/video combo but Wrongchile may have just blown the doors off this day-glo dance party. “Gold Blooded” is a throwback synth ballad for the ages but the video… THE VIDEO! Wow. So amazing.
WAIT! I just did some more research and Wrongchilde just dropped another great song and video, “Birds of Prey”. What a lovely organic juxtaposition to “Gold Blooded”. Keep your eyes and ears on this guy. Check out his pre-order here.
“Love Don’t Go” is an undeniably catchy and uplifting alt-folk jammer in the vein of The Lumineers & the Mumfords but when you combine it with this 1-shot video on the streets of San Francisco the whole thing takes on a pretty magical vibe. A lot of excellence going on in one place here. Get on it.
Gather round everyone, this Music Video Roundup has it all! Laughs, violence, loneliness, drugs, dancing, and even some good ol fashioned time travel (Calvin & Hobbes would be proud of Bryce Vine’s “Sour Patch Kids” video). Dive in and get dirty!
Bryce Vine – “Sour Patch Kids”
NO – “There’s A Glow”
Body Parts – “People”
Bear Hands – “Giants”
More music videos to slap your eyeballs on! Rob Cantor has the coolest video I’ve ever seen of all time and my brain is still smiling from watching it. Flume gets weird and magical in space while unlikely reggae jammers Magic! fall in forbidden love. Bernhoft missis the point of being in a pool full of girls, Grizfolk show a real ass “struggle”, and Jhameel celebrates the return of Game of Thrones. Watch on!
Rob Cantor – “All I Need Is You”
Flume – Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)
Magic! – “Rude”
Bernhoft – ‘Come Around”
Grizfolk – “The Struggle”
Jhameel – “Lion’s Den”