Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Austin band Orthy have released a video for the title track off their upcoming E.P., E.M.I.L.Y. Inspired by front-man Ian Orth's wife, the single is an ode to their relationship as the song begins, "used to be friends now we're lovers".
The band teamed up with Eli Welbourne from Silent Diane "to make a video that harkened back to those awkward cable access shows you would stumble across in the middle of night ." Sink into Orthy's dreamy bed of sound.
E.M.I.L.Y. drops January 21st via Dither Down.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Julian Casablancas bares his soul in "Instant Crush" while emotions between dolls at a museum turn aflame. Casablancas' dapper doll version finds himself in love with a doll who's tragically in another window case. What happens to these star crossed lovers? Shakespeare could fill you in on that, or you can just watch the captivating Warren Fu directed video above.
James, Kelly and Victoria make up the Manchester trio No Ceremony///. What's with the slashes? It's not a fascination with thriller movies (though it could be, who knows), but the number three, which plays an important roll in the band. With an interest in design, they wanted the number three symbolized in a typographical format. As for the deeper layers of meaning, that's on the listener to discern.
No Ceremony/// released their self-titled debut album this past September. The LP is filled with epic, emotive, electronic soundscapes as heard on their lead single "Hurtlove". A few seconds in and I guarantee you'll be falling for James, Kelly and Victoria in three...two...one...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Primal Scream's hypnotizing music video for "Goodbye Johnny" stars Bobby Gillespie lookalikes, fabulous drag queens and glam rock threads. Many of the duds were designed by Gillepsie's longtime stylist Alister Mackie, who shot the video (his first ever) using an iPhone. The backdrop? The Backstreet in London, one of the cities first gay S&M clubs. The result is a vintage style video inspired by Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests that pairs perfectly with the seductive song.
Read more about the making of the video on Dazed Digital.
"Goodbye Johnny" is off Primal Scream's album More Light, which is out now.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Bell X1 created a beautiful black and white video for "Careful What You Wish For." The moody, minimalistic single is off their sixth album, Chop Chop which shows Bell X1 growing into a more serene, sophisticated sound. The Irish band recorded Chop Chop with The National producer Peter Katis in a intense two-week period. Watch the striking masked video above.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Brisbane band MTNS (pronounced mountains) make sweet, ambient soundscapes paired with swoon-worthy vocals. Their debut single ‘Lost Track Of Time’ has quickly made them a big deal back home in Australia and here in the U.S. MTNS debut E.P. Salvage is out now, with three more tracks to "lose track of time" to, be it at work, on your commute or snuggled up in bed.
Monday, December 2, 2013
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"What we have right here is real" sing Toronto's Dearly Beloved on their latest single "Living Proof". Some real rock 'n' roll that is. The trio bring the noise on their psychedelic LP Hawk vs. Pigeon. Recorded at Joshua Tree's Rancho de la Luno studio, the album was a cathartic release for the band who improvised for five days through a intoxicated, stoned haze. The process proved most transformative for front-man Rob Higgins, who dreamed of recording an album in the desert after surviving two traumas: the loss of his father and an intensive stomach surgery.
The title Hawk vs. Pigeon derives from a Discovery channel type ordeal the band witnessed during a recording session one day - a hawk demolishing a pigeon. To Dearly Beloved, it symbolized everything coming full circle.
Dearly Beloved has toured with Juliette Lewis, Sloan and Die Mannequin.
Strap yourself in for tunes to "get you through when you're not right. TKO"