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Video of the Moment #2888: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this summer, The Twilight Sad returned with the haunting single ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’. You can read my review of the Scots’ new track through this link. The song’s accompanying promo is a disorientating mix of VHS camcorder clips. It’s like the memories buried in our minds, the kind we can’t fully remember and all that’s left are fuzzy bits. In the context of the song, you are left to contemplate, is the reason why these memories are fuzzy because we don’t want to remember? Is it part of the self-loathing that we wish to forget? Food for thought. ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’ is now available from Mogwai’s label Rock Action Records. To catch all of TGTF’s past coverage on The Twilight Sad, use this link.

 

Single Review: Anteros – Call Your Mother

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Female-fronted bands seem like an endangered species, so when you are lucky enough to come across one you really have to cross your fingers that their music is successful and worth listening to. Thankfully, four-piece band Anteros show they have the goods in recently released new single ‘Call Your Mother’. The band’s newest tune is a pop hit with a rock edge of loud, punchy guitars and a standout chorus, making the song super catchy, something that has been missing from earlier releases such as ‘Cherry Drop’ or ‘On the Moon’.

The tranquillity of the opening seconds of ‘Call Your Mother’ is unusual for a song with so much energy. However, this works to accent the snappy introduction of the bass and drums, creating an unexpected moment to the track. This unexpectedness is echoed in the short verses throughout the song. Instead of repeating themselves, the chorus kicks in straight after, taking us by surprise. Sudden transitions like could easily lead the song to become fragmented and disrupted, but they are a welcome change that keeps the song fast-paced and exciting, causing the 3 minutes and 15 seconds to go exceptionally quickly.

Accompaniment-wise, ‘Call Your Mother’ is pretty full on: there being several layers of guitars, all with different riffs and chord patterns, creating a full, loud, powerful texture. This contrasts in Laura Hayden’s softer vocals, which are also unexpected when placed with accompaniment that could so easily overpower them. Despite this, the two work well together. Although Hayden almost blends into the background, the treatment feels deliberate, as if she was an instrument herself. This blending of the hardness of the rock instrumentation and the softness of the pop vocals bring something unique to the pop scene. ‘Call your Mother’ is a single bursting with energy and little surprises that make this a song you could listen to over and over.

8/10

‘Call Your Mother’ is out now on Distiller Records. You can see Anteros live at HOYfest in Cardiff 29–30 September or on their UK tour beginning the 10th of October. For more information, visit their official Web site. To read our past coverage on Anteros, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2887: Villagers

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Next month will see the release of Conor J. O’Brien’s fourth album as Villagers. ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’ makes its debut to the wild on the 21st of September on Domino Records. It follows ‘Darling Arithmetic’ from 2 years ago; read Carrie’s review through here. Single ‘Fool’ is a great taste of the upcoming LP, and it’s accompanied by a video from Irish director Bob Gallagher, often chosen by artists for his quirky treatments of their musical material.

Gallagher says of it, “The video is a surreal take on a marriage proposal, which is the ultimate gambit in love. The scenario pushes how much Conor’s character is willing to overlook his partner’s shortcomings, and convince himself that everything is fine. You could call it foolishness but you could also consider it a kind of optimism, striving to see the best in a situation.” In the video, O’Brien is a cringe-worthy would-be proposing suitor, singing the schmaltzy words, “So here is my bleeding heart / Will you be my falling star? / Will you take the pain away?” This version of Villagers reminds me of his earlier tracks and simpler days. Watch the video for ‘Fool’ below. For all of our coverage on Villagers here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2886: We Were Promised Jetpacks

 
By on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks are returning next month with a new album. An early taster proves they haven’t lost their touch, and they’ll be back and louder than ever. ‘Repeating Patterns’, part of a collection that has been 4 years in the making, shows off its fine guitar work that’s slightly less chaotic and vocals from Adam Thompson that are slightly less shouty.

Coupled with finger puppets that look like rejects from Sesame Street, there’s an endearing feel to the single’s promo video that add to the track’s intrigue. Watch and listen to ‘Repeating Patterns’ below. Stay tuned for ‘The More I Sleep the Less I Dream’, which drops on Big Scary Monsters on the 14th of September. They’ll be on tour in North American in September and October, followed by dates in the UK and Europe in November and December 2018. To read our past coverage on We Were Promised Jetpacks over the years, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2885: The People the Poet

 
By on Monday, 27th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

We at TGTF hadn’t heard from Welsh rock band The People the Poet in quite a long time, until earlier this month, when editor Mary spied their new video for ‘Beddau Boys (We Were Born Running)’ on the band’s Facebook. This curiously titled new track references the Welsh mining town of Beddau, whose name translates into English as “graves”. While that might sound rather dismal on the surface, The People the Poet have used the idea to craft a high-energy rock anthem and a comical new video, albeit one with perhaps more serious undertones.

Musically ‘Beddau Boys’ kicks off straight away with driving guitars and pounding drum beats leading into the anthemic refrain “I was never a troubled child, I just like trouble.” Over the course of the song, the music strains to unleash a sense of pent-up energy and frustration, and that refrain eventually evolves into something more introspective and markedly more grim: “we’re too old to live, too young to die.”

The video treatment for ‘Beddau Boys’ features a cheeky tween-age child taunting a very obviously “dad-aged” guy, who undoubtedly sees something of his former self in the kid’s insolence and attitude. By the end of the video, the mild-mannered father figure has amassed a group of his similarly “dad-like” friends, who literally and metaphorically find themselves chasing their youth.

‘Beddau Boys (We Were Born Running)’ features on The People the Poet’s latest LP ‘A Short Obsession With Time’, which was released in April via AntiFragile Music. The People the Poet are currently set to play a full slate of festival and acoustic dates in the UK from the end of August to mid-October; you can find a complete listing on their Facebook. TGTF’s past coverage of The People the Poet is collected through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2884: SG Lewis feat. Clairo

 
By on Monday, 13th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Last month, two young rising stars revealed the delicious fruits of a recent collaboration. English DJ and producer SG Lewis joined forces with American teenage YouTube sensation from Clairo on the exemplary single ‘Better’. You can read my review of the single through here. Last week, they brought out the song’s promo video, which stars both of them as seen through a fisheye lens, being pals in a disco and driving around town in an open-top convertible. With the sunglasses, it feels like we’ve stepped back in time, and there are so many other questions here, such as, does SG Lewis do his own stunts? Ponder these while watching the video for ‘Better’ below. The single is out now on PMR / Virgin EMI. We’ll be collecting articles on SG Lewis posted on TGTF through this link.

 
 
 

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