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.
Check a review for Trap Lord below:
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!
A generational war is waged in the new video for Savages’ “Strife,” which comes off the band’s great full-length debut, Silence Yourself. This is the second video the band has released that’s been inspired by a moment in a novel. In this particular instance, it’s Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Savages’ vocalist Jenny Beth has a hand in co-directing this video as well. Enjoy, and check out a review of Silence Yourself below:
Electronic music producer Jon Hopkins drops some visuals for the song “Collider,” which is one of the many great tracks from his latest full-length, Immunity, which you can catch a review for below.
The story here seems to follow one girl reliving a nightmarish night at the club that involves some epileptic fits–I’m assuming they’re drug-related–and one of the most aggressive make out sessions I’ve seen in a while. The last third actually becomes slightly uncomfortable to watch as our female protagonist struggles against the grip of some fellow clubgoer who looks like he’s trying to help her–uh, I think.
Queens of the Stone Age drop one of the more unsettling music videos of this year, featuring loads of stuffed animals, a toothed piano, and a vampire woman that’s gonna be haunting your nightmares for the next several weeks. Props to directors Kii Arens and Jason Trucco.
Catch a review for the band’s new album …Like Clockwork below:
Chicago hip hop eccentric Mick Jenkins has a new single and video out titled “Roots,” which showcases the MC’s spacey flow and clever bars. While he may be too subtle and downplayed to have a legit hit, this guy will surely blow up with those who like their hip hop verses to have a story, message, concept. Enjoy!