Another stunning set of visuals from Japanese pop phenom Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her genius(es) who direct(s) her videos. With “Family Party,” Kyary progresses through a series of competitive challenges where she’s faced against a robot. Is this some kind of warning? Is this some kind of subliminal preparation for the impending human vs. robot wars that’ll most likely be starting in the next two decades?
Nah, I think it’s just a cute video, and an irresistibly sweet song, too. Enjoy!
Be sure to check out this beautifully shot music video from White Hinterland for her song ”Ring the Bell.” The Baby highlight is set to imagery of her doing such things as traversing a snowy and icy landscape, dressing and making herself up completely in white in a pure white room furnished with only a mirror, and standing in front of a wall of skulls. Watch it above and enjoy!
Baby is out now via Dead Oceans. It’s pretty stellar:
“Facts Are Fiction”
In the first music video in support of Mess, Liars reduce, deconstruct, and distort reality via a repetitious, cycled sequence of the trio, placed in the midst of an anarchic situation, slowly retreating backwards up a set of steps. With the end of each cycle comes some form of camera trickery, whether it be a different viewing angle, different computer-generated surroundings and props, or the blurring together of previously-seen elements in a sort of glitchy artifact soup. It’s a genius concept that perfectly matches the amped-up aesthetic of the album. It doesn’t do much good trying to explain it, though; so go on and press the play button right up there – and be prepared for the ensuing perceptual overload.
“What A Mess”
Mess is out now, and in case you haven’t heard, or forgot, it’s awesome:
Recent Secretly Canadian signees Dub Thompson drop a new track and music video that reminds me of a more lush, psychedelic take on Odelay-era Beck. Really enjoying the band’s approach to groove, vocal delivery, and the slightly lo-fi tone of the recording. Not only that, but the marching theme melody of this track, strangely enough, is incredibly fun. If every track is this good on the band’s forthcoming album, 9 Songs, the only disappointment will be that it’s, well, 9 songs. Enjoy, and look for this album on June 10th!
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!
Xiu Xiu has made plenty of videos in support of their great (but naturally polarizing) new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom – lead single “Stupid in the Dark” first got a really gritty one, followed by a Pornhub-hosted one for “Black Dick,” another NSWF, S&M-themed one for “El Naco,” and then two surprisingly inoffensive ones for “Lawrence Liquors.”
Thankfully, Xiu Xiu have continued going in a safe-for-work direction with their latest video, for the warm, oddly triumphant penultimate track “Botanica de Los Angeles.” It features twitchy, cubistic animation and it kind of reminds me of David Lynch’s early animation. It’s really neat!
I’ve been fine with the band’s more explicit, on-the-nose expression of Angel Guts‘ unsavory subject matters – although the visuals are repulsive, Jamie and co. are displaying a level of commitment to direction and aesthetic I’ve always wanted to see from them. Still, it’s nice seeing them get back to the more creative and abstract approach to conveying these themes, as they’ve done to fine effect for past projects. However, they hinted a while back at a video for “Adult Friends,” and things could get NSFW with that video real fast – let’s hope nobody gets down and dirty with a pig for it.
Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl. Check out our review of it below:
Finnish rock group The Scenes evidently feel anorexia is boring, but thankfully their music is anything but. This song is catchy, catchy, catchy. The “twiggy” guitar tones, that “woohoo-ooh” falsetto vocal, and my gosh that finale! – they all add up to an unlikely earworm. And of course there’s a good, powerfully-delivered message here: anorexia blows; lead a healthy lifestyle and be cool with your body, y’all. Check the track and its simple B&W music video out above.
“Anorexia Is Boring” is taken from the band’s upcoming LP Beige, which is due out in April via Sound of Finland. Be on the lookout for it!
OK, A$AP Ferg’s “Let It Go” music video: Mutants! Ninjas! Teleportation! Damsel! Distress! Rocket arms! Explosions! AAHHHH! All of the explosions! TRAPLORD to the freaking rescue! Praise his name!
The videography here calls to mind any number of crummy (in the best way) 80s sci-fi crime films, mostly Scanners for some reason. But that movie could have benefited from more rockets and this video could have benefited from a head explosion. Then it would have been perfect.
Scope this thing above via VEVO. Also, a reminder that Trap Lord is a grand ol’ time: