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Video of the Moment #2787: Deap Vally

 
By on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Los Angeles duo Deap Vally released their second album ‘Femejism’ in 2016. They’re just getting around to releasing a very colourful video for LP track ‘Post Funk’. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards’ brand of frenetic, hard played rock is set to a changing backdrop that looks like something we might have made in art class as kids. It’s also like a lyric video, except letters are flying around in quick succession. In short, it must have been an nightmare to make. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to watch the video and enjoy the song. Watch it below. For more of our coverage on Deap Valley here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2786: Ciaran Lavery

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Northern Ireland’s Ciaran Lavery will be releasing his third album this spring. ‘Sweet Decay’, will be out on the 13th of April, and will feature the single ‘To Chicago’, which now has its own music video. The promo was filmed by Lavery’s longtime video collaborator, director Jamie Neish, who also directed the past video for ‘Everything is Made to Last’’ and ‘’Wells Tower’. This particular video is particularly special, as Lavery explains: “What was special about this video was that it was all shot in one entire take without edits or any of that post production magic. This was something we all felt strongly about so it not only flowed but there was a sense of realism about it that could not be achieved from many angles or cuts.” I think it’s really such a sweet video. Enjoy it below. For more of our coverage on Ciaran Lavery on TGTF, go here.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #399: Holy Motors

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

There was a bit in the news last week that the Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was physically up in Germany. I was thinking about this in the context of today’s featured band headed to Austin next month. Holy Motors are from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, a country that until 1991 was part of the Soviet Bloc. Although Estonia is one of the fastest financially growing countries in the EU, I imagine its relatively isolated location makes it difficult to put together a band, let alone a band who works well together and plays well together.

And yet, according to Holy Motors, that’s exactly what happened, and to our good fortune. The bedrock of the five-piece’s rock sound is the combined contribution of their three guitarists, lending a psychedelic, shoegaze-y air to their music. Most times droney, but at other moments more animated with the addition of synthesiser, Holy Motors’ sound is always atmospheric, ghostly. Adding to that overall feeling are the vocals of Eliann Tulve, her style of delivery more of an intonation than what can be called truly melodic.

This past Friday, the group released their debut album ‘Slow Sundown’, its title seeming all too eerily appropriate. The proceedings begin with ‘Honeymooning’, their first single. The song is ushered in by a gentle, languid guitar melody that’s like placing you in the loneliest of prairies seen in American cowboy Western cinema. On the more upbeat single ‘Sleeprydr’, the repetitive vibrations of synthesiser give the song a hypnotic quality, lulling the listener into a feeling of zen. It’s also interesting to note that the album was produced by Tampa rockers Merchandise’s frontman Carson Cox, who they serendipitously met at music festival years ago and later reached out to offer to produce their first single. The rest, as they say, is history.

Like a quieter young brother to The Twilight Sad, Holy Motors’ music is the melancholic contemplative soundtrack to your savouring of a dram of whisky in the dark, in your bedroom, all alone. Before the inevitable mad rush that comes with massive hype off the back of SXSW, I recommend you snag ‘Slow Sundown’ for yourself from Greenpoint, Brooklyn indie label Wharf Cat Records now.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Holy Motors’ appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

Live Gig Video: Titus Andronicus share studio performance of ‘Above the Bodega (Local Business)’

 
By on Friday, 9th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus previewed their upcoming album ‘A Productive Cough’ with a live video for ‘Number One (in New York)’. Watch it here. A month on, and just shy of a month before the new LP is released to the wild, the band now wanting to be known as ‘[email protected]’ have got another live video to show us. As rightly noted by one of the commenters on YouTube, ‘Above the Bodega (Local Business)’ has echoes of Robbie Robertson and The Band, of a bygone era when real rock bands ruled the airwaves. Watch it below. Stay tuned for ‘A Productive Cough’ when it drops on the 2nd of March on Merge Records. For much more on Titus Andronicus on TGTF, follow us over here.

 

Video of the Moment #2784: MGMT

 
By on Thursday, 8th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

MGMT are releasing a new album tomorrow. In usual fashion for them, which means that they’re acting unlike any other band currently active, they’ve released a fourth track from the forthcoming LP that you can get for free if you preorder it today. The video for ‘Me and Michael’ follows a premise all too familiar to some of music history’s heroes (or villains, depending on which side you’re on). In the video, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden trawl YouTube to steal a song from another band in the Philippines. What happens next is blowing it out of proportion on what usually happens in plagiarism cases, but at least MGMT made the accompanying video to the song trippy and entertaining, if silly. Watch it below. ‘Little Dark Age’, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘MGMT’, will be out tomorrow on Columbia Records. For more on MGTF here on TGTF, come through.

 

Live Gig Video: Misterwives share performance of ‘Never Give Up on Me’ in Boston

 
By on Thursday, 8th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

American band Misterwives have announced a new ‘Let the Light In’ tour for this spring, beginning in April for the UK and then continuing on through mid-May in the contiguous United States. They’ll be bringing their sophomore album ‘Connect the Dots’, released last spring, out on the road again. (Read our review of that long player back here.) This will be the second big tour by the group following the album’s release; they went out on tour last autumn, and they’ve got a live video recorded for posterity from back then. The House of Blues in Boston, just steps from the famed baseball field Fenway Park, hosted the band on that tour. Here’s a special live video of ‘Never Give Up on Me’ recorded from their show there on the 20th of October. Watch it below. For all of Misterwives’ upcoming live dates, check out their tour date listing on their official Facebook.

 
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