Archive for the ‘Danger! Videoactive’ Category
For anyone enamored with the Manhattanite guitar raga of Vampire Weekend’s debut LP, the affected dance-inclinations and lyrical pensiveness of its follow-up, Contra, were probably a disappointment on some level. Vampire Weekend are pressing on in their engagement with house beats and their neglect of Ezra Koenig’s snappy guitar playing, but their lyrics have never struck more of a chord than on “Ya Hey.” “Ya Hey” deals with the complexities, both social and personal, of developing a relationship with the idea of god (or so I think – Koenig’s muddled refrain does kind of sound like “Yaweh”), though this is smartly bent in all sorts of ways through Koenig’s lyrical privilege. The lyric video (Vampire Weekend’s second to be released in promotion of their upcoming Modern Vampires of the City) features slow-motion shots of people solemnly popping bottles of champagne: typically used in television and film to represent the upper class, it is an action that has been transformed into something darkly ceremonial – even religious.
UK electronic group Rudimental is clearly on a mission to drive all of their listeners in the world into a foot-tapping, neck-breaking frenzy. Here’s the video to their latest cut “Baby” featuring frequent collaborator MNEK and Sinead Harnett. This tune was first heard last year on the live stream BBC session at Maida Vale Studios (clip below) and personally, I’ve had it on my mind since. The versatility of this group is beyond belief, as their highly anticipated debut album, Home, contains electronic music in the form of drum n bass, future garage, and some classic old school sounds like this track here. The video is big fun, allowing you to party along with the vocalists of the track. Check the video out below, and take a look at the lively studio performance of the track as well. Rudimental’s debut album Home is available on iTunes now, if you’re a fan of electronic music there is bound to be something on that album for you!
Brooklyn’s Body Language have just released a new colorful visual to accompany their indie/r&b track “What’s the Point” off their free Grammar EP, which they dropped a couple of months ago. It was announced that the track will also be featured on their upcoming Grammar LP, soon to be released on July 15th. The video and editing is quite neat. Watch below.
AlunaGeorge continue to prepare for their upcoming debut LP, Body Music, with a new video for “Attracting Flies.” The cleverly-written tune is fueling the group’s hot streak, including the recent hit with Disclosure, “White Noise.” The video involves several classic fairy tales – but with a twist. Watch closely, and you’ll pick up on the subtle cultural references that aren’t so fairy tale-like. Check out “Attracting Flies” below.
North Carolina producer L’Orange just released some visuals for “Alone,” a track from his LP, The Mad Writer, available now on Bandcamp. This song features Los Angeles favorite, Blu, who fits in the track like a glove. The video was creatively done with a 1920′s feel, supplementing the sound. It tells a story about two isolated people who seem to be living in a parallel universe, being in the same places but at different times. “Never feel alone” said the producer when he premiered this video via his social media. Check out the work of art below, and interpret the message however you please.
My fascination with audiovisual irony has grown – with the addition of this new Disclosure video for their single “White Noise.” The song features AlunaGeorge and has received an incredible response from fans the moment it hit the interwebs. This video is indeed different from past Disclosure videos, meaning it isn’t full of gorgeous people standing around or dancing. This video does not take place in a party or a club. The video doesn’t even feature either of the bands on the track (other than The Face, of course). Instead it takes us into a day in the life of a security guard in the grimy land of modern-day Detroit. Now, some would ask “what the hell does this video have to do with the song?!” Well, the track does have a heavy techno influence, and Detroit is the birthplace of techno, among many other styles of music. Why wouldn’t they want to pay homage to the city? I’m also interested in how such a huge track matches along with simple, minimal visuals. This video says a lot by saying very little, and it goes to show you how music can create any environment you want it to. Just watch the security guard.
We’ve got more good music from the BRAINFEEDER label. This time Jeremiah Jae tells us about his feline friend as he walks the streets of New York City in the video for “Cat Fight,” off the album Raw Money Raps. The sample-based track is pure fire, and its produced by none other than Flying Lotus. The beat sounds familiar, you may recognize it from one of Flylo’s earlier projects. This version includes Jeremiah’s chilled out flow accompanying the beat. Check out the cat fight below. Also listen to “Money,” another track off the Raw Money Raps album.
Last week we heard the premier of James Blake’s newest single “Retrograde,” now check out the visuals for that very track. The video accompanies this tracks mood exceptionally well, maintaining that cold, haunting vibe and quite possibly making the song sound even better. I don’t know if its just me, but I had the same feeling I get while watching suspenseful, eerie movies such as Donnie Darko as I watched this video. The end of the video is left rather open, meaning there may be a “to be continued” part 2. Watch Retrograde below.