Regular readers know that DYAN absolutely stole my heart last year with their stunning and immensely repeatable debut album Looking For Knives. Now, after great press from NPR, Billboard, Kick Kick Snare, & Indie Shuffle, (plus over a million Spotify plays of the album’s title track) it seems the rest of the world is taking proper notice! Today DYAN returns with their first video from new single “Of Love”, the tender and stripped back sleeper favorite from Looking For Knives. The video is a fantastic pairing to the music as it takes us on a visual adventure high above the frozen earth below. As if watching the world we live in through a lens of either hazy memories or wistful longing. It’s never quite clear with DYAN. That why it’s so perfect.
Los Angeles, come see DYAN at School Night this Monday! Details below. RSVP for free entrance here.
Move too fast and you might miss it. Like a stunning sunset reflected in a rain puddle, you may miss the beauty in Esbie Fonte’s “Pools” if you aren’t paying attention. If you aren’t keeping your eyes and heart open to the tender voice singing to you from the other side of the water. So slow down this Friday. Breathe deep and soak this in. The weekend will come soon enough. For right now there is “Pools”.
Of the song, Esbie says:
Written in Cornwall, England on a rainy night, “Pools,” confronts the very genuine love of someone residing many miles away in America. The “someone” in the song is a childhood love who lingers painfully into the present.
“Pools” was recorded in Fonte’s home city, San Francisco, California – vocals in Fonte’s apartment closet vocal booth, and piano on a Steinway at Hyde Street Studios. A field recording of children splashing around in water is layered with various analog sounding synths reminiscent of a vintage record. Esbie elaborates:
The video is shot around Los Angeles and Laguna Beach capturing a down-tempo and cinematic atmosphere filled with symbolism of universally relatable feelings – feeling trapped and hopeless, but eventually breaking free, letting go, and as the video showcases, literally emerging from the “Pools” of one’s own confines.
It’s a big week for Fort Lean! Their album Quiet Day is finally out in Europe! And they dropped a video for “New Hobbies” (below). AND they have 2 brand new tracks out! “Easily” is on heavy rotation around here with it’s laid back grind/groove fitting perfectly with this Summer sun sitting outside my window. The more I listen, the more I want to get outside! But then I watch the “New Hobbies” video and get scared about ever leaving the house again…
“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!
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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.