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Video of the Moment #2880: Smoke Season

 
By on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Smoke Season were one of the best American bands I caught at SXSW 2017. The sound of Los Angeles duo of Gabrielle Wortman (now going by the stage name Gabby Bianco) and Jason Rosen is unabashedly, unashamedly reminiscent of great ’80s electropop. The promo video for their latest single ‘Sweetest Thing’ recalls the sweatiness of Olivia Newton John’s video for ‘Physical’, just without the exercise machines and leg warmers and in place of those, a whole lot of sweaty sultriness.

On the press release, Bianco offers an artistic explanation for the video: “We believe that fluidity is the future. As people who embrace blurred lines between masculinity/femininity, sexual orientation and monogamy, we wanted the Sweetest Thing music video to be an exploration into all types of sexual fluidity…The video uses dance as a metaphor to reject traditional binaries and allow us to literally slide between hetero-normative and same-sex pairings while simultaneously challenging dated notions of masculinity and monogamy.” Given the current societal push and pull on racial and gender issues, it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Watch the steamy video for Smoke Season’s ‘Sweetest Thing’ below. We hope an album is looming on the horizon.

 

Video of the Moment #2879: St. Lucia

 
By on Monday, 6th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

South African singer and musician now based in Brooklyn Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia, and his band will be releasing a new album next month, entitled ‘Hyperion’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Matter’. Following first LP taster ‘Walking Away’, they have unveiled the promo video for a second track from the album. ‘A Brighter Love’ is a summer scorcher with delightful synth notes and a driving beat, and its accompanying video is all about a weird level of synchrony between strangers, between the worlds of nature of technology. Watch it below. ‘Hyperion’, the third St. Lucia album, will be out on the 21st of September on RCA Records. For past coverage of St. Lucia here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2878: Doe

 
By on Tuesday, 31st July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

London indie rockers Doe have announced details of their sophomore album. ‘Grow Into It’ will be out on the 28th of September on Topshelf Records. The first single to be taken from the upcoming LP is called ‘Heated’. Already a live hit, the loud and hard-hitting tune is an indicator of things to come in 2 months when we can finally get our mitts on the new album. Accompanying the single is a mango-coloured promo video in which the band are playing in and amongst plants and get into some mischief with mulch and paint. Watch the shenanigans below. For more of our past coverage here on TGTF on Doe, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2877: Castlecomer

 
By on Monday, 30th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Aussies Castlecomer, who wowed me at SXSW 2017, have some exciting news for us. The Sydney five-piece’s self-titled debut album will be released in a few short weeks. The first taste of what’s to come is propulsive lead single ‘All of the Noise’, which now has its own music video. Watch it below. Stay tuned: Castlecomer will drop on Concord Records on the 5th of September. For more on Castlecomer on TGTF, check out this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2876: Fall Out Boy

 
By on Thursday, 26th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

American group Fall Out Boy must have a thing for llamas. In January, they released their latest LP ‘M A N I A’. This was followed by the funnily titled ‘Llamania’ EP, starring three tracks that didn’t make the cut for the album: ‘Past Life’, ‘Wrong Side of Paradise’ and ‘Footprints in the Snow’. The llama theme continues in their latest promo video for ‘Bishops Knife Trick’, where frontman Patrick Stump directs a group of them performing. It’s oddly mesmerising. You don’t want to look away. ‘M A N I A’, the band’s seventh studio album, is out now on Island Records. For all of our Fall Out Boy coverage, go here.

 

Single Review: The Twilight Sad – ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’

 
By on Thursday, 26th July 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

It has been a difficult few months for indie music fans following the shocking, untimely death of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison in May. As I’ve learned through Scottish friends in the industry and who knows who – which seems to be just about everyone to everyone else and back again – the musician community in Glasgow is remarkably close-knit. It is, then, unsurprising that his death would colour his friends The Twilight Sad’s latest release. Upon hearing ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’, it’s impossible to separate the inherent unease of the song from the sadness on the loss of Hutchison. A dissonant whine of guitars introduces the song before an insistent rhythm begins that plays throughout the whole song, accompanied by the drone of guitars. All together, the instrumentation set off a feeling of fretfulness even before James Graham utters a single word in his trademark Scots brogue.

As the song goes on, it’s unclear to the listener if he’s singing to another person, to himself and his own anxieties, or a combination of both. What is amply evident is the amount of self-loathing going round in Graham’s head. There’s so much that he vocalises it first as someone else being the problem (“I don’t wanna be around you anymore / I can’t stand to be around you anymore”) before turning the anxiety on himself and self-diagnosing himself as the problem (“you don’t wanna be around me anymore / I don’t wanna be around me anymore / you can’t stand to be around me anymore”). Graham has described the song being “about my ongoing battle with not liking myself, trying to be a good person but constantly feeling like I’m failing myself and everyone I care about.” To the questions “Will you stop if your tears come back?” and “Will you stop when your tears run dry?”, Graham responds, “I’ll drink everything inside”, internalising and hiding the pain that otherwise would be on show through the act of crying. Whose pain will he drink up? His own, or someone else’s? Like film noir, it’s all terribly intriguing.

I have a favourite line in the Margaret Atwood novel Cat’s Eye that reads, “Whoever cares the most will lose.” The greatest tragedy of caring is while you can be in touch with what you feel and what you desire and why, you end up turning it around on yourself and making the assumption that bad things have happened because of what you’ve done. The repeated “why do you do this to yourself?” as the song climaxes at its conclusion seems to support this. For a song so rooted in mental illness and the burying of that pain, it’s weird for it to be so oddly catchy. But it is. And it’s the kind of song that feels like it would be best heard live in Scotland. If you have been in Glasgow when it’s pouring down rain, you understand this.

8.5/10

‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’, the first new material from The Twilight Sad since 2014’s ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’ is out now on Mogwai’s label Rock Action Records. There’s talk of a new album from the group, which I imagine must be dropping some time this autumn, as they are already selling tickets to tours in North America (mid-October to early November) and the Continent (mid-November) and have two dates in the UK lined up following those tours, on the 27th of November at London Bush Hall and the 29th of November at Edinburgh Liquid Rooms. Seems strange that a Glaswegian show has been omitted, so I’d keep an eye out for one on their live schedule on their official Web site. Past Twilight Sad goodness is through here.

 
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