After 5 years (how does the time pass so quickly?!) Joanna Newsom is back with a new album this fall, October 23, titled Divers. Kicking off the release is a new music video for the song “Sapokanikan”, directed by auteur director Paul Thomas Anderson. I did a bit of searching and Sapokanikan is a Native American word which relates to a “habitation site and cultivated area by the cove on the Hudson River at present day Gansevoort Street, Greenwich Village.” Not sure the meaning but Genius has a pretty good rundown of a lot of the references in the song.
The video isn’t particularly remarkable, it’s a montage of Newsom wandering around New York shot on a hand held camera, but the song itself is really beautiful. It’s nice that she continues to evolve musically (aka less harp) though, I didn’t care for Have One On Me as much as I enjoyed the weird, sprawling cacophony that was Ys. We’ll see where she ends up with this new album.
On a side note, does anyone else get a Fionna Apple vibe from Newsom? It’s funny considering PT’s past with Fiona. Maybe he has a type?
I’ve been a huge fan of the new Jamie xx album In Colours. I personally feel like it’s far better than anything he did with The zz, *achem*, The xx. Adding to the grandeur of his new album is this epic music video directed by Erik Wernquist, who you may remember from his video Wanderers, which follows intergalactic explorers breaching the undiscovered parts of our universe.
For this music video Erik takes a similar approach yet this time he plots the potential of humans inhabiting Mars. It’s kind of a slow burn, the real juicy stuff doesn’t start till about the 2 minute mark, but I promise you it’s worth it. This should be watched full-screen on the largest monitor/TV in your office.
And if you haven’t listened to the new record yet, get on it.
Tiga may not be as prolific as we (Well, I.) would wish him to be but you have to hand it to the dude for sticking to a very strict aesthetic of high luxury circa futuristic 1986. He hasn’t released anything bigger than a single since his 2009 album Ciao! and, while Non-Stop is one of the best Acid House mixes in recent history, he still leaves you wanting more. Yet, when Tiga delivers, he delivers.
An example of this: his latest single “Bugatti” came out in July and offered a very Germanic, very eighties, and very contemporary fusion of Krautrock and Tech House. Just when the song was gathering a *thin* layer of dust, Tiga released one of his best videos yet that is like watching a mixtape of sexy late eighties commercials from an alternate dimension, where men receive ketchup bukkake treatments and women play backgommon on men’s crotches. Needless to say, some of this video is NSFW.
Directed by Helmi, it consists of quick cuts and dramatic shots edited to the metallic cadence Tiga bases the song on. It’s broken by shots of him in varying outfits shouting “BUGATTI!!” at the camera. Like the song, every “scene” picks up a different piece of debris that results in warping the reality of this eighties world: remote controls spit, sexy legs have lost their bodies, people turn to dominoes, etc. Helmi plays with a visual vocabulary over and over and over again, presenting them in different shapes and forms like parallel universes orbiting next to each other without noticing. The effect is hysterical and absolutely ridiculous—and absolutely Tiga. As the song’s lyrics suggests, the Bugatti at one point was the car to have if you are a macho, aggressive, power suit wearing, ski lodge loving dude who works in finance: the video is a parody of that.
Michele Ducci and Alessandro Degli Angioli, a British duo who make records under the name M+A, have an amazing music video for their song “When”. The video is full of brightly colored flowers, pretty girls, seaside beaches, a lizard, and of course, the band rocking out with their fans.
The vibe of his video absolutely reminds me of summer. There’s something about the way the camera moves and how they’ve edited the video which reminds me of snapshots. Like when you see those special moments in your mind over and over again. Oh, and the song is totally catchy so you’ll probably have it stuck in your head for a while.
20Syl is the mysterious moniker of French beatmaker Sylvain Richard who recently released this killer music video for his track, “Kodama”. The video is a crazy mash up of musical instruments being played by nonspecific arms that play elements of the song while being surrounded by an assortment of interesting props. Plus it’s just a great song in general.
A friend of mine recently turned me on to Studio Killers; a virtual band comprising of characters Cherry, Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink. Virtual bands can be a lot of fun and Studio Killers is no exception. I’m particularly hooked on their track ‘Eros and Apollo’ which is accompanied by a fun animated video featuring an explosion of pixels, disco-culture and neon.
The track comes from the band’s self-titled debut which was released last year. If it’s a release that passed you by, it might be worth checking it out. For now, you can check out the video below:
The band are currently hoping to put on a number of live shows and have turned to Kickstarter in the hopes of doing so. The whole thing sounds quite cool. If you’d like to see them live, get your hands on a DVD or just kick in a couple of shekels and get some rewards you can check it out here.
More videos, sounds and social stuff can be found on their website here.
While the golden age of music videos may have now passed, there’s still a number of talented folk out there who are making amazing work. One act in particular who continue to support the art-form is the UK electropop four-piece Metronomy. Last February they worked with Michel Gondry to create a fantastic single-take video for “Love Letters” and their 2011 video for The Look still remains one of my favourite videos of recent memory.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a new music video from Michel Gondry. In fact, the French directors last dabble in the world of music promos was for Björk’s track “Crystalline” all the way back in 2011. Fortunately Gondry has returned, this time teaming-up with English four-piece Metronomy to bring his own distinctive vision to their new single “Love Letters”.