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Video of the Moment #2783: Polica and s t a r g a z e

 
By on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Minneapolis group Polica will be releasing a new album next week that a collaboration with s t a r g a z e, a European orchestral collective. Called ‘Music for the Long Emergency’, it sounds like the kind of album for these times, doesn’t it? Single ‘Agree’ is suitably morose and dramatic, with a promo video that makes you wonder what it’s about. Is our existence disappearing? Who or what are we running away from? While the video won’t answer these questions, it’s a well-done piece of short cinema, soundtracked by the haunting voice of Channy Leaneagh. Stay tuned for ‘Music for the Long Emergency’ to be released next Friday, the 16th of February, on Transgressive Records / Totally Gross National Product. To read more of our past coverage on Polica, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2782: Mt. Wolf

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

Atmospheric trio Mt. Wolf released their debut album to the wild last year. ‘Aetherlight’, the culmination of efforts following their original singer’s departure and regrouping with a modified line-up, is available now from CRC Music. Read my review of the long player through this link. In celebration of a series of live dates in March, the band have released a reworking of album track ‘Bohemia’ as a new single. This new version of the song has a grander string arrangement that heightens the emotional content of the track.

The new version of ‘Bohemia’ also has its own promo video. Starring balletic dancers, the drama of the London-based group’s song is translated on the video into their delicate movements. Watch the video below. For more of our coverage on TGTF on Mt. Wolf, go here.

 

Single Review: We Are Scientists – One In, One Out

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

The last time we heard from American pop rockers We Are Scientists, in 2016, they had released their sixth album ‘Helter Seltzer’. You can read our review of that long player through here. It’s 2 years later, and Keith Murray and Chris Cain are hinting about their next record. As usual, the jokesters want to tease us a little with the first single from the upcoming release. An unexpected high-tech sound and an accompanying video is our first glimpse into ‘Megaplex’. The forthcoming album was produced by Max Hart, their partner in crime for 2008’s most excellent ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’, as well as ‘Helter Seltzer’.

Lyrically, ‘One In, One Out’ seems like a run-of-the-mill pop song, treading the all too common ground of angst of falling in love and feeling unsatisfied. Instead of pairing it with a trite melody, We Are Scientists have gone all futuristic, with icy robotic beats and Murray’s voice feeling faintly autotuned. An anthemic, feel good chorus pulls everything together. Instrumentally, the song bops along with a heavy synth line reminiscent of the New Wave-y ‘80s. Cain acknowledges in the press release that the direction of the new material is less philosophical and more hedonistic. “In the past we’ve used our music to educate, to enlighten, to awaken people to the depth and complexity of moral concerns. This time, we really wanted to drop a fun-bomb. Something to dance or f*** to.” Okay, then!

The video for the song looks like something out of the same era: pulsating dots bounce together for each of the band members’ silhouettes, while the band themselves are projected on a black-lit, magenta computerised checkerboard. I’m not going to spoil it for you but where the video ultimately goes is, in typical WAS style, unpredictable and hilarious. One clue: cheese and crackers are great, aren’t you? ‘One In, One Out’ is an intriguing preview of a much-awaited return from a pair of experienced singer/songwriters whose pop gems have rarely disappointed us.

8/10

‘One In, One Out’, We Are Scientists’ newest single, is out now. ‘Megaplex’, the American duo’s sixth studio album, will be out on the 27th of April on 100% Records. To read more on We Are Scientists here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2781: Kate Nash

 
By on Monday, 5th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

At the end of next month, we’ll have a new Kate Nash album. ‘Yesterday and Forever’, Nash’s fourth album, will be out on the 30th of March. The pop singer has been busy acting in Netflix original series GLOW, but she’s slowed down long enough release a new single from the upcoming record. The bubblegummy’Drink About You’ features lo-fi guitars and Nash’s usually carefree vocals.

Nash says the song “is about breaking up with someone and becoming obsessed with an idea of who they are, to the point you can’t think of anything else or move on. It’s an unhealthy obsession, you imagine things are better than they are and latch on to whatever you can about the relationship that could be turned to good. And you deal with the pain in an unhealthy way too.”The accompanying promo video for ‘Drink About You’ was filmed by her friend Liz Nistico from Holychild. Taking place in the Los Angeles National Forest, Nash frolics in a short dress, shades and an appropriately boho beret. Watch the video below. For more here on TGTF on Kate Nash, follow this link.

 

Live Gig Video: watch Field Music’s full gig at Newcastle Northern Stage

 
By on Monday, 5th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

North East brother power duo Field Music just released new album ‘Open Here’, their seventh, last Friday. To celebrate the release, they’ve scheduled a bunch of in-stores around England this week, live appearances in March, and more. One of these ‘more’ items was a show at home at Newcastle Northern Stage, where they livestreamed their entire gig, starring their backing band full of friends. For a limited time, you can watch this performance from the Toon below. Get ‘Open Here’ for your very own now from Memphis Industries. For much more on Field Music here on TGTF, come through.

 

Video of the Moment #2780: Django Django (feat. Self Esteem)

 
By on Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish art school synth and percussion geeks Django Django released their third album ‘Marble Skies’ last Friday on Because Music. Want to learn more about it? Have a stroll over to my review from last week through here.

One of the best tracks on the LP stars what I called “the buoyantly beautiful ‘Surface to Air'”, which features vocals from Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. Her debut single as Self Esteem last year, ‘Your Wife’, was produced by the Djangos’ drummer Dave Maclean, so this collaboration was practically a no-brainer. It looks like Taylor was open to participating with them in a visual sense, too, for the promo video for ‘Surface to Air’. The now platinum blonde Taylor is shown in various, primary-coloured outfits, seemingly channeling Madonna. Intrigued? Watch the video for the song below. For more on Django Django here on TGTF, follow this link.

 
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