By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
Glass Animals have spent quite a bit of their time this year touring over here in America, with a sixth visit scheduled in December to include holiday shows in Columbus, Ohio; Portland; and Kansas City. During their visit to Los Angeles in October 2014 where they played two sold out shows at the famed Troubadour, they managed to fit in the filming of this live performance of their hit single ‘Gooey’ at Capitol Studios into their busy touring schedule.
While their style of music as shown with debut album ‘Zaba’ lends itself to a more colourful, celebratory atmosphere, this black and white presentation allows one to better focus on and appreciate the contributions of each of the four principals; for one, you can actually hear bassist Edmund Irwin-Singer’s backing vocals on this video. Watch the performance below. Below it, I’ve also embedded a lyric video the band have released this week, just in case you’re still thinking Dave Bayley is singing “ride my little Pooh bear” and to stop you from embarrassing yourself at the next karaoke night, crooning, “you just wanna know those peanut butter thighs”. We try and be helpful here at TGTF…
New Zealand pop veteran Neil Finn has released the video for ‘Divebomber’, the lead single from his forthcoming solo album ‘Dizzy Heights’, following a live webcast of a rehearsal session for the new songs. The rehearsal featured Finn on piano and acoustic guitar, accompanied by a full orchestra, and also contained an audience participation element, with Finn answering questions submitted in real time via Twitter and Facebook. If you missed the live Webcast, it is now archived at Finn’s Web site and can be viewed here.
In the webcast, Finn remarked that several of the songs on ‘Dizzy Heights’ include large arrangements with either orchestra or full band, revealing the expansive direction of the new material. “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way,” he says, explaining his collaboration on the record with co-producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and fellow New Zealand musicians Connan Mockasin and Sean Donnelly (SJD).
Though he is best known for the catchy pop tunes of Crowded House, Finn has always seemed to take inspiration for his songwriting from unexpected sources, particularly in his solo material. ‘Divebomber’ was inspired by a 1941 film of the same name, which received an Oscar nomination for its vibrant cinematography. Finn’s ‘Divebomber’ video is less boldly graphic, instead using video footage from a beach vacation in Greece overlaid by diffuse aerial cloud imagery to match the discordant, unsettled tone of the musical setting. But the track’s soaring strings, marching percussion and breathy vocals reflect the heroic and tragic nature of the film’s plot line, as well as the bravery and risk involved in Finn’s recent songwriting ventures. As the song’s lyrics state, ‘There’s only one way down’, and with ‘Divebomber’, Finn has taken a headlong plunge into uncharted territory.
‘Dizzy Heights’ will be released on 10 February 2014 via Lester Records / Kobalt Label Services. Watch the video for ‘Divebomber’ below. Finn will be playing a one-off show at St. James’ Church in London on 27 November but the gig is already sold out.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 25th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
Here is Miike Snow‘s promo video for ‘Pretender’, off their 2012 album ‘Happy to You’. The premise is a good one; if you’re going to be at a music festival, why not shoot footage of your time there so you can take it and turn it into a music video? I don’t think you really need a storyline, but the YouTube description says this: “The video finds their friend Jean Noel experiencing his first festival and learning all about the culture that surrounds.” And it was filmed while this mate of theirs was bumbling around the Hard Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles the first weekend of August. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 17th April 2012 at 4:00 pm
The song ‘1957’ will feature on folk band Milo Greene‘s debut album to be released in July on Chop Suey/Atlantic here in the States. Filter Magazine teamed up with the Converse shoe company to produce a series of live videos for their ‘Hometown L.A.’ series, and the band was only too kind to perform ‘1957’ for them. Watch the video below.