When it comes to being stalked and held captive, I think we can all agree that it’s an experience we’d leave rather than take. And the wrinkly, green-haired character in Little Dragon‘s new “Underbart” video is so physically unsettling that I think he’d be the last on my list of people to stalked by. The beat slowly evolves from atmospheric synths to claustrophobic percussion, highly reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great.” The way the song utilizes its space, or eventual lack thereof, greatly enhances the video’s ever growing sense of dread, and will certainly leave you wonderfully.
Check out a review for the latest Little Dragon album here.
- Garrett Cottingham
Teaming up with fellow Chicago rapper Supa BWE, Mick Jenkins lands on this socially relevant and very necessary cut titled “Treat Me.”
If you wanna hear this track in its greater context, it comes from Supa’s new EP, which is titled Hurt Everybody. Personally, I didn’t dig it, but if you’re into this song, it’s definitely worth giving a shot. Enjoy!
tUnE-yArDs drops visuals for the track “Real Thing,” which features loads of imagery dealing with being “real.” It’s a cool concept, and executed well. The color scheme of the video is especially pleasing, and gets incredibly vibrant toward the very end. Props to Tom Jobbins on the direction here, and check out Nikki Nack if you haven’t already.
Chromeo drops some visuals on one of the catchier singles from their forthcoming album, White Women. Look for the album on May 12th. You might remember my fandom for the synth funk duo after the release of their last album. Admittedly, that was quelled a bit after they released a relatively weak song with Toro Y Moi; however, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has my excitement back in full gear–especially since its pairing with this incredibly clever, well-shot video. Enjoy!
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.
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.
St. Vincent/Annie Clark has released a music video for her recently-released song “Digital Witness”, from her upcoming self-titled LP. The video depicts Clark standing stiff with an almost completely blank gaze. The clip seems to be about Clark acting as this sort of figurehead/commander (I picture her as being a sort of dead-eyed/dead-spirited Miss Trunchbull) at a facility where people do boring, repetitive tasks lifelessly, unendingly, like drones. Lots of bright color and some gorgeous, sharp close ups make this video both funny and interesting to watch.
St. Vincent is released on February 25 via Loma Vista.
An odd set of visuals grace A$AP Ferg’s infamous “Hood Pope” single, which dropped last year in promotion of the New York rapper’s commercial debut, Trap Lord.
Ferg’s unmistakable “ohhhh-oh” calls are met with images neighborhood kids, and some of ‘em are horrifically scarred. It sort of depicts the song’s theme of kids running wild in the streets, getting into trouble. They must “need nurturin’,” I guess.
Given the song’s title, of course there’s plenty of religious imagery, but not all of it is tastefully executed. I mean, Ferg ascends into heaven at the very end of the video, and his fat gold chain goes with him. It looks like he’s spitting his lyrics from some kind of holy book as one point as well. It all plays into the idea that Ferg himself is a religious figure. He wishes to lead his disciples away from senseless violence, but simultaneously knowns he’s far from perfect himself.
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Young Fathers attach some shadowy visuals to the previously released “Get Up,” which is one of the many tracks that’ll be landing on the trio’s forthcoming album, Dead. The LP is still looking at a release next week on Anticon Records. Enjoy!