Somewhere between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead lives Little Dragon’s new video for “Klapp Klapp”. In it, we follow the journey of one mysterious voodoo woman in her quest through pillars of pink flame and zombies to perform a dark ritual that will resurrect her dead lover.
That may seem like a lot for a 3 and half minute Little Dragon song, but the band pulls it off. “Klapp Klapp” retains a pitch black ambiance with its haunting synth/bass line and drives home its femme fatale calypso lyrics with a constant snare hit, all of which complements the anti-heroine’s sense of post-apocalyptic desperation. It turns out even dancey electronic jazz tracks have dark sides.
And now we know Little Dragon is responsible for the end of the world. Solid.
Hoo boy, Death Grips. Anger distilled into industrial hip-hop with no hook, no beat, and no lyricism. Why? Apparently because they 1000% (which is a lot of percents) don’t give a fuck (on even numbered days), according to the yellow text crawl at the bottom of their video for “No Love”. Death Grips is one of those acts you have to try damn hard to like, but once you’ve allowed them to penetrate your head space, it’s tough not to see the genius beneath the madness.
The video for “No Love” does the track justice in classic Death Grips style. The green and red layering will make your eyes water but when you add the yellow text on top, it may be enough to induce vomiting. Death Grips thrives on being loud, obnoxious, and in your face with everything they do. They want to make you sick. So really, what else did you expect? Give up and love them for it.
Okay, is there anything the three HAIM sisters can’t do? If you thought singing and shredding were the only things these ladies rock at, boy were you wrong. The new video for their track “If I Could Change Your Mind” shows that Danielle, Este, and Alana can also seriously dance. The choreography is fun, the girls are perfectly in-sync, and the moves match the 80s vibe of the track. And, the HAIM ladies are looking stylish as usual in black and white looks which play off awesomely against the red light and backdrop. But enough talking already. Just press play and get ready to get down.
The luminescent single of the recently released album gets a video! Hooray!
Gentle splish splashing, possibly strangely over eager swimmers, a treatment similar to a Wes Anderson flick. Let’s do this. Prepare to move your hips while being treated to a lovely little routine. Happy Saturday, everyone!
We were already under the impression that Ty Segall could do anything, and now he’s added turning your sweet innocent TV obsessed child into a monster. Parents, you have been warned.
Watch Ty’s project take off into heavy reverb, heavy fuzz, and loud garage melodies that we have all come to know and love him for. Fuzz isn’t a serious departure from any other Segall project, but is that really a bad thing? Ears, bleed on.
A soulful indie pop song? Sign me the helllll up for that. Caroline Smith’s song “Magazine,” aka my current favorite song, has everything you would ever want in a song: a sexy voice that will melt your face off, a dancey vibe to get you moving to the beat, and a kickass video that will make you laugh and feel weird at the same time. The video is filled with every activity you probably assume happens at a girl’s night sleepover.. pillow fights, dancing in your underwear, men getting covered in slime, and face-stuffing snack eating. It’s totally bizzare, but I am so obsessed with it, and you will be too—with both the video and my girl Caroline. Her album Half About Being a Woman, is out now, and if your ears enjoy pure euphoria, you’ll want to listen to this pronto.
In case you’ve ever been angry about anything ever, you should probably listen to Death Grips. Death Grips is an experimental punk hip hop group from California. This song, No Love, comes from their controversial (and, in this reviewer’s humble opinion, freaking fantastic) 2012 album No Love Deep Web. When I say controversial, I mean it. Try looking up the cover (nsfw!!!). This song and video are a perfect introduction to the band if you’ve never heard them before. The lyrics are dark and intense; the sound is heavy. One of the best things about this band is the pure raw energy of their shows. The video plays on that strength, flashing some savagely manipulated live footage while a very characteristic message from the band cuts across the screen. “On the first day I gave a fuck. On the second day, I did not give a fuck.” Yes.
Oh man, you can totally tell Annie Clark has been hanging out with David Byrne. This groovy, brassy song accompanied by a bright, colorful, and undeniably strange video would make any Talking Heads fan smile. St. Vincent is cool, talented, musically unique, and a spectacular performer. St. Vincent is a rock star. No wonder the first night here at 9:30 sold out so fast. Luckily for anyone who slept through the first ticket go-round, she’s added a second night.
While I have already professed my love for The Orwells after discovering them early last year, their new video “The Righteous One” has made me fall under their spell even more. The video is directed by the guitarist’s brother, Eddie O’Keefe and he successfully captures the essence of the band and the song. The layers of all the band members playing their music gives you that crazy feeling of what being front row at one of their concerts is like. (Yes, I have seen them at Lollapalooza, open for FIDLAR and I am ready to see them headline a tour this spring.)
Their music videos always take a unique approach well-matched to the song’s underlying meaning. It is fun to see the same video director continue to make creative videos that differ greatly, but always grasp the band’s essential adolescent, unadulterated punk sound. I am already looking forward to what they might think of next.
Ahead of releasing their third studio album, Let’s Go Extinct, indie poppers Fanfarlo share a cold, wintry music video for the breezy, sunny “Landlocked.”
“Landlocked” features quintessential Fanfarlo elements - eclectic instrumentation, profound lyrics, and the rich harmonies of singers Simon Balthazar and Cathy Lucas - arranged in ways previously unexplored by the band. Balthazar and co. abandon brooding, baroque pop in favor of dancy, island-infused beats sure to get listeners grooving. Lyrically, “Landlocked” grapples not with the anxiety of being geographically trapped, but instead the loneliness that comes from failing to relate with the people and world around you. It is this sense of isolation that video directorInga Birgisdóttir beautifully captures and juxtaposes with Fanfarlo’s warm, ethereal single.