Parker (a.k.a. Dumbfoundead) put out a new album last year called Old Boy Jon that you should totally check out if you want to hear one of alternative hip hop’s most charismatic and forceful voices. The LP’s penultimate track and highlight, “Ganghis Khan,” recently received a video and it’s properly bonkers. Parker et al.’s performances are off-the-wall and are aided by hilarious VFX courtesy of David Wright-Spaner. Strap yourself in, press play and enjoy!
We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.
“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.
OFF! drops a new video for “Hypnotized,” which features a comedic altercation between two patriotic superheroes in ridiculous costumes. While the storyline is pretty zany, it’s really the antics and food-for-thought lyricism of frontman Keith Morris that make me wanna jump out of my chair and put my fist through my computer screen. UGH!
Look for OFF!’s latest album, Wasted Years, on Vice Records this April.
This passionate, smooth little piece of indie rock comes courtesy of Future Islands. Their new single “A Dream of You and Me” has a really appealing sensitivity to it, especially in the lead vocal’s just-on-the-brink-of-quavering sincerity. The bright guitar, bass, and keyboard tones add a playful element to the proceedings, everything combining to make an emotive, catchy track. It’s accompanied by some slightly abstract images that move along in what looks like stop-motion.
Future Islands’ new record Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.
Lykke Li’s sophomore record might have been somewhat infamously spurned here at TND, but we are pretty stoked for her new one! Li has just announced her third LP, I Never Learn, and has released this gorgeous, heartbreaking video for album track “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”. The track features nothing but Li’s voice and a simple acoustic guitar, but that’s all she needs for this one. The melody slowly ebbs and flows into these painfully emotive peaks, culminating in the glorious climax around the 3 minute mark where she takes what seems like a natural, unplanned pause. The sadness in that rest is palpable. This song is all about Li’s passionate vocal. Simplicity has worked for her before (especially on tracks like “Silent My Song“) and it serves her very well here. Li claims this new record is comprised almost entirely of “power ballads”, and if they are all of this caliber, I think we are in for a (wrenching) treat.
I Never Learn is out May 6 via LL/Atlantic.
A sharp, percussive, repetitive beat and a more-intense-than-usual string progression rule the proceedings on this new Owen Pallett track, taken from his upcoming record In Conflict. The whole thing has much more urgency than a song of his has had in years (“Many Lives -> 49 MP” or the ending of “This Lamb Sells Condos” come close). Nevertheless, “The Riverbed” is a pretty thrilling direction to hear Pallett taking his music, and it comes accompanied by a nice video showing an older man (played by Pallett’s uncle) going out on a date with a woman, being heckled by “jerks” (as they are listed in the credits – one played by Pallett himself) and then the older man going out the next day and presumably beating the crap out of them. Surprisingly fitting, actually, as this song’s constantly increasing force sounds like great fight music.
In Conflict is out May 13 via Domino. While you’re at it, check out the other new track of his to drop, “On a Path”, which is also quite good.
I’m astounded by the level of bad-assery this new HAIM video reaches. But just what is it that makes it so damn captivating? The concept is simple – the three sisters are moving along (choreography courtesy of Fatima Robinson) to Days Are Gone cut “If Could Change Your Mind,” an earworm if there ever was one. And there’s little in the way of set design; the glowing “HAIM” sign being the only piece, really. Of course what decor there is, it’s all very, very retro.
But HAIM’s execution, as always, is what keeps things from becoming that awful kind of “sickeningly retro.” The sisters aren’t romanticizing the past for the sake of it or because it’s in style. Frankly, they look a little dorky doing their thing in this video. Still, when Danielle pops the collar of her leather jacket here, you’d better believe it’s a sincere gesture. Really, this video as a whole is a sincere gesture – the HAIM sisters are making the music they want to make and you can tell they’re having a blast dancing to it.
And most importantly, they look completely assured. If you don’t wish you were up on that stage dancing along with them; well, tough shit – it’s your loss.
Noise rock outfit White Suns drops a new song and video with “Carrion.” The track delivers the band’s usual blend of dark, tortured poetry and abrasive rock instrumentation. There are loads of loose, twangy guitars and sputtering shots of feedback set against sporadic drums and heavy bass notes.
There’s an incredible explosion of intensity around the halfway point of the song that leads the track to drift off into some spacious, tense rhythms and ear-piercing guitars. White Suns really is reclaiming the noise element of “noise rock,” and they’re doing it in a way that’s eye-wideningly weird, too.
The band’s next album, Totem, is dropping soon via the Flenser.
Check a review for the band’s previous album, Sinews, below:
Bon Iver drummer S. Carey put out a gently beautiful solo debut a couple years back called All We Grow, and is now ready to release a follow-up, entitled Range of Light. He had dropped a single from it, “Fire-scene”, and now that single has a video. It is more or less a series of images of a frozen, beautiful winter landscape, full of icicles and trees and mountains. A fire is built. Looks toasty. It is all very appropriate, given the soft, pretty nature of the song itself. The refrain of “All I want is honesty” seems fitting for these visuals, because in the end, what is more honest than the harsh gorgeousness of nature.
Range of Light is out April 1 via Jagjaguwar.