Philadelphia’s experimental dream pop act A Sunny Day In Glasgow just released a new music video for “Double Dutch,” a song from their latest album Sea When Absent. The short, little-over-a-minute video fixates on Ked-laden feet dancing sporadically to the very fun track, almost as if there were jump ropes skipping beneath them. Continue reading →
Title Fight‘s latest release, a four song EP entitled Spring Songs, is another move forward for the Kingston punk band. Some of these songs could fit into their 2012 LP Floral Green, but others like the single “Be a Toy” are fuzzier and more laid-back than older releases. The guitars are as lazy as the vocals, as Jamie Rhoden sings “Being used / I’m used to it” in the most melancholy tone. This EP is definitely a change up for Title Fight, and it is awesome to see them write songs that sound different, but are just as good as their back catalog.
In the video for “Be a Toy,” Title Fight’s friend Susy Cereijo documents the band’s recent trip around Europe: showing show clips, the beauty they saw on their travels, and the band’s everyday life. Check out the retro video, which was shot on Super 8 film, below. Pick up Spring Songs here, or stream it after the jump.
The Wonder Yearshave had a busy year of touring, currently starting off a European tour before returning to the states for a few acoustic holiday shows. Even with the schedule of touring, The Wonder Years managed to crank out a music video for the song “There, There” from their 2013 release The Greatest Generation. The song is a heartfelt punk ballad sung by frontman Soupy in order to say one thing: “I’m sorry”. A somewhat short track holds the message of a simple apology, and the powerful instrumentation shows how powerful the moment is. The Wonder Years are set to return to West Chester on December 12th for a sold out acoustic holiday show at The Note. Check out the music video below, and to catch up on The Wonder Years culture, check out this piece on Buzzfeed.
Daughn Gibson just released his sophomore album, Me Moan, on Sub Pop. The country-inspired experimental rock album has received high praise all over the music world, The Key being no exception – last week we featured the album in our Unlocked series. Today, Gibson released the video for the song “Kissin On The Blacktop” off the record. The video sets the perfect atmosphere for the song. Gibson sits in a shady dive bar along with a slick slide guitarist and a cast that looks like they’re just waiting for an excuse to fight. Check out the video below, and catch Daughn Gibson when he returns to Philly August 16th at Johnny Brenda’s.
Slowcore pioneers Low have just released a new video for the track “Plastic Cup”, off their most recent, Jeff Tweedy produced album, The Invisible Way, which is currently out via Sub Pop. The black and white, Ryley Fogg-directed video features the band decked out in black-tie formal wear, playing instruments that appear to be covered entirely in tin-foil. Did I mention the floating glitter everywhere? If that somehow wasn’t enough, in addition to the band, the video also stars a group of guys in strange hoods passing around what looks like a crystal ball…and doing some other strange things, too. Despite its avante-garde aesthetic, the video does hone in on a conceivable plot towards the end (kind of). Low will be making a stop in Philly, on June 21st, at World Cafe Live for a show with Mike Doughty. Tickets and information can be found here, and watch the “Plastic Cup” video below.
Philly’s own Nicos Gun released a brand new video this weekend for their song, “Islands of Sirens.” The video features kaleidoscopic images and late-80s style footage of the band dancing, crying and playing their instruments. The song begins with a blues riff that repeats and never quite seems to resolve itself until the end. Overall, it’s an infectious melody that seems heavily influenced by Prince – not unlike Nicos Gun in general. Check out the video below and be sure to put on your dance shoes, because Nicos Gun is playing Milkboy June 29th.
Light Heat are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album on June 25th, play AKA Music in support of it and play the Electric Factory with Tame Impala June 19th. In the meantime, they just released a music video for the album’s title track, “And The Birds…” The catchy folk-rock tune drifts along at a bright midtempo pace with a breezy video to match. Hazy images pass by in flashes of rainbow colors through a vintage filter. The two fit together perfectly and definitely make the wait for what’s sure to be an amazing debut a little easier. Check out the video below.
Orchestral pop band Grandchildren recently released a crazy music video for their song “Endtimes” a single off of their latest album, Golden Age, which came out in May. The group is set to play at The TLA on June 25th with Caravan Palace, but hopefully this video can satisfy us until that time. It features a bunch of strange and colorful creatures, plus a skeleton who can’t seem to figure out his true identity. It’s a very strange video, but it pairs beautifully with the song.
Back in April, Philadelphia trio Sunset Recorder released their debut LP, Hot Lava. Featuring the tight combination of mostly bass, guitar, drums and vocals, Sunset Recorder create a lo-fi sound that seamlessly shifts from pop melodies to surf sounds and even touches on minimal techno at times. What this all amounts to is a group that likes to have fun with their sound and, as a result, we get a upbeat summer album. Take their video for the song “Mind Clouds” as an example. A handheld camera moves from scene to scene, capturing mountains, flowers and tropical paradises. Meanwhile, the band plays a tune about going on a road trip driven by an upbeat drum and a bouncing bass line. Check out the video below and stream their whole Hot Lava album on bandcamp. You can also check out the band June 11th at Kung Fu Necktie or June 29th at The Paper Mill.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Kate Faust released a stunning debut EP Crucial Companion back in November. Recently, she released a video for one of the songs, “Heartbeat.” The video gives “home-made” a whole new meaning. Filmed in the house of Faust’s parents, the music video is a simple one, mostly showing Faust in different locations around the house, staring piercingly into the camera. In the dark light of the house, there’s little to focus on, other than the expressions on her face which go from calm to pained as the video progresses. It’s a soulful video that truly shows Faust’s powerful vocal range in the twilight of that house. Watch the video below.