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Video of the Moment #2893: Warbly Jets

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Allister Ann

Just shy of a year past the release of their debut self-titled LP, Los Angeles alt-rock band Warbly Jets have released a new single from that album, and a shiny new promo video to go along with it. ‘Shapeshifter’ has strong elements of punk and psych rock that combine to produce a deliberately nebulous overall musical effect, both compelling and conveniently apropos to its title.

The visual treatment for ‘Shapeshifter’, directed by Laura Lynn Petrick, is equally and suitably dichotomous, and its two visual loci are presented simultaneously and in combination with one another. On one hand, we see lo-fi black and white images in the rough style of analog film, softened and slightly out of focus. These are juxtaposed with a mix of brightly hallucinogenic colors and highly sharpened digital effects that might inspire you to reach for your sunnies as you watch.

As it turns out, the timing of the ‘Shapeshifter’ release might not be entirely accidental. It coincides with Warbly Jets’ return to the studio to record the follow up to last year’s debut, and true to their own previous form, the band are setting out to defy any preconceived notions of what they should sound like. Lead singer Samuel Shea explains in the press release for ‘Shapeshifter’: “As an artist, I believe it’s extremely important to make drastic differences as you transition through phases. That was something that Julien [O’Neill] and I talked about from the conception of this band. I hope you always hear what you’re not expecting when you listen to a new release from us.” Though it’s very early days for the new recording project, ‘Shapeshifter’ effectively serves a dual purpose, as a bold reminder of Warbly Jets’ sonic milieu and as a departure point for their upcoming flight of rock ‘n’ roll fancy.

Keep an eye on TGTF for further news about Warbly Jets as their new project progresses. Our previous coverage of Warbly Jets, including a review of early single ‘4th Coming Bomb’, is collected right through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2892: The Dodos

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Next month will see the release of the latest LP from San Franciscan duo The Dodos. The latest preview of the upcoming album, their seventh from the studio, makes a grand impression as presented in its promo video. ‘SW3’ – which, sadly, does not have anything to do with the London postcode – takes us to a martial arts studio, where we get to see some youngsters showing off their physical prowess. It stars Shaolin teenager Queena Tran and friends in what became an impromptu showcase that even surprised and wowed director Ryan Daniel Browne. Watch it all enfold below. ‘Certainly Waves’ will drop on the 12th of October on Polyvinyl Records. To read our past coverage on the Dodos here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2891: Metric

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian electropop band Metric have taken a different tack for the theme in their new music video than their contemporaries would have. Their intent for the new promo was to be as realistic as possible: ‘Now or Never Now’ was filmed in environments both musicians and music lovers are very familiar with: within the small hours in a nightclub and in a city where most of the revelers have gone and the only people left are those who have to be there. As provided on the press release:

“Many music videos take place in night clubs,” notes Nicholson [director Lorraine Nicholson], “very few depict them as they so often are: pensive, dark and depressing.” Metric frontwoman Emily Haines adds, “This was a night shoot leading to dawn, as Lorraine wanted to place the video in those most questionable hours of the morning…I’m profoundly lost and alone with random uncaring strangers…the rest of the band is on an urgent quest to find me and rescue me from this sad existence, but they always arrive too late.”

‘Now or Never Now’ appears on the band’s newest record ‘Art of Doubt’, available now from MMI/Crystal Math Music. The group will begin their world tour in support of the new album on the 25th of October in Moscow. The four UK dates on the tour are listed below and are on sale now. North American dates are expected to be announced soon, and you can check back periodically on the band’s official Web site for more details. Itching to read further in our archive on Metric? Right this way.

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 18th November 2018 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Monday 19th November 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 20th November 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum

 

Video of the Moment #2890: Jon Hopkins

 
By on Monday, 24th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

In case you somehow missed it, electronic musician and producer Jon Hopkins released a new album this past spring. ‘Singularity’, which is now available from Domino Records, was released in May and has received quite a lot of acclaim across the board. Now the title track of the album has its own promo video. While most of us have encountered creepy or downright scary people late at night down a dark alley, I think we’d be pleasantly surprised if we encountered the folks in this one. See what I mean by watching the video below. Past coverage on the uber-talented Jon Hopkins on TGTF is through here.

 

Live Review: Saint Sister with Marian McLaughlin at DC9, Washington, DC – 21st September 2018

 
By on Monday, 24th September 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

Header photo of Saint Sister by Rich Gilligan

If you can manage to schedule it, do yourself a favour and go see a favourite band on either the first night or the last night of a tour. On the last night, you can cheer for them for a job well done for finishing what usually is a long, exhausting campaign to support a new album. On the flipside, on the first night of a tour, it’s nice to champion the people you respect as artists as they begin the process. I’m lucky enough to catch the start of two tours within 1 week this month, the first being Saint Sister’s first-ever visit to Washington Friday night. Ahead of the self-release of the Northern Irish girl duo’s debut album on the 5th of October, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, joined by a touring bassist/keyboardist and drummer.

The show began with a feeling of déjà vu for me. The previous time I saw singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin, she was supporting another pair of talented ladies, England’s Smoke Fairies, at the very same venue. The NPR-feted McLaughlin is a stalwart to the Baltimore / DC area scene, having steadily self-released music since 2014. The themes of her upcoming album ‘Lake Accotink’ are how humans interact with the environment and resolving for herself the impact of progress on Earth.

Marian McLaughlin DC9 September 2018

Like the last time I saw her, she performed solo Friday night, though she will be performing with a backing band this week at album release shows this week in Baltimore Wednesday night, the 26th, at Holy Underground and Friday night, the 28th, at DC’s Songbyrd Music House. Swapping between nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, a standing keyboard and one placed at her feet, this was a performance that was anything run-of-the-mill. McLaughlin pays tribute to the beauty of local parks in her new LP: ‘Grayson Highlands’ recalls a hiking trip McLaughlin took there. It’s named after a Virginian state park near the state’s southern border with North Carolina.

From one unique artist to two of them. Saint Sister have showcased twice in the last 3 years of SXSW, which is an impressive feat considering how many hopefuls appear at the Irish version of SXSW, Hard Working Class Heroes, every autumn in Dublin. Incorporating electronic, rock and soul into folk, their self-described “atmosfolk” sets them apart from not just all the singer/songwriters in Ireland but those around the world. For example, how often do you see an accordion and a harp (Gemma Doherty’s primary instrument) at a rock show? Also, I witnessed another specifically Irish phenomenon that Daithi clued me in on 2 years ago: Irish people always show up and support their country(wo)men, wherever they are playing. So the audience was oddly disproportionally full of Irish music fans from university age to way up, and more Guinness was being poured than usual at DC9, though the nectar of the gods were from *gasp, horror* cans.

Saint Sister DC9 September 2018

Saint Sister will be making the grandest of artistic gestures at the end of next week with the release of debut ‘Shape of Silence’, which I have listened to in full and can say is excellent. The album includes songs that have been kicking around in their live sets for a while that proved arresting performed Friday night. On a much simpler, back to basics approach, ‘Corpses’ (previously released through Communion’s Singles Club) featured only Doherty and MacIntyre’s ethereal voices and very gentle instrumentation. ‘Madrid’, on the other hand, is a full band affair, and with its glitchy, syncopated beats, the song feels more modern and miles away from more traditional folk.

‘Causing Trouble’ bridges this seemingly insurmountable divide with soulful, perfectly duetting vocals from the ladies and a sultry beat that’s caused the pair’s music to be compared to that of Massive Attack and Portishead. This ain’t your momma’s folk, that’s for sure. But with Doherty and MacIntyre’s brilliantly complementary vocals underpinning everything, they have the latitude to continue to experiment and create music that is totally their own. With the release of ‘Shape of Silence’, they’re sure to win many new fans.

After the cut: Saint Sister’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Saint Sister with Marian McLaughlin at DC9, Washington, DC – 21st September 2018

 

In the Post #162: American singer/songwriter Gill Landry begins work on his follow-up to ‘Love Rides a Dark Horse’ with a unique PledgeMusic campaign

 
By on Monday, 24th September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’re a regular TGTF visitor, you might have read last year about alt-country singer/songwriter Gill Landry and his brilliant fourth studio album ‘Love Rides a Dark Horse’.  Almost a year on from its release, that album is still in regular rotation in my own music library, but not one to rest on his laurels, Landry has already begun work on his next recording project. According to a post on his Instagram, this as-yet-unnamed fifth album will be comprised of songs written over the summer in France, in a period of just 4 weeks’ time. With the film noir vibe of ‘Love Rides a Dark Horse’ still firmly in mind, a set of new Gill Landry songs steeped in French je ne sais quoi seems a very promising proposition indeed.

With the songwriting swiftly completed, Landry now sets to work on the recording of the album. To this end, he has started a PledgeMusic campaign, which he says he hopes will allow him “to afford the time to take on this task with the care and attention I feel it deserves.” Pledged funds will be used to independently finance the studio time, guest musicians, and mixing expenses for the album, and Landry has an interesting selection of merchandise on offer in return for fan pledges. Aside from his artful and evocative songwriting, Landry is also a skilled photographer and visual artist, and his PledgeMusic store includes handmade block-printed tarot cards, prints of his own original photography, and a handful of other unique items.

You can explore the complete merchandise listing and make a donation to the project on Landry’s PledgeMusic page by clicking this link. But before you do, take a listen to Landry’s personal message from about the new project in the video just below. ICYMI, our two-part interview with Gill Landry from last autumn can be found by clicking here and here. Our complete previous coverage of Landry is collected back this way.

 
 
 

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