Magic Hands is Alex Badham of experimental pop band Aleks and the Ramps and lyrical folk songstress Lucy Roleff. The music video for ‘Limousine’, directed by Alex Badham, is a glamour meets gore ode to contemporary dance and the at times sinister competition of gymnastic sports. The clip was filmed over two days during winter in a frigid basketball stadium featuring professional dancers Hana Dawson and Jack Traylen.
You could listen to Woodkid‘s album “The Golden Age” without watching any videos and still find it absolutely overwhelming and brilliant. But that wouldn’t be the complete experience. Yoann Lemoine is a talented video director and, from inception, his intention with that incredible album seemed to involve a complex multisensory experience. “The Golden Age” is the purest form of storytelling: it is visual and audible poetry.
But alas, every story comes to an end. The last breath of “The Golden Age” is a disconcerting 11 minute video that finally makes all the pieces of the puzzle come together. It is dramatic in its mundane subject and deeply touching in its rawness and honesty. After the first play I knew one thing for sure: Woodkid belongs in big screens, with live orchestras, telling stories. And I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing and feeling the next one.
“Shy Cry” is a stunning slow jam by Toronto-based synth soul quintet Unbuttoned, and the first single off their debut LP ‘Planes’.
Lead singer Casey MQ said about the track: “I wrote ‘Shy Cry’ at a time when I felt happiness was not attainable. I felt it was easier to be complacent than to be happy. My surroundings continued to prove and remind me that the ‘straight’ way was the easier way. I wrote this song as a cry for help to myself because when it came down to it, only I was in charge of my actions. Freedom was what I was constantly searching for. Freedom from myself.”
From the first notes you can hear the emotion in Casey MQ’s voice, which only intensifies with the addition of Kamilah Apong’s background vocals as the song builds. The band successfully balances the mix of live instruments and electronic stabs, a difficult feat for seasoned and fledgling acts alike.
The video is directed by Victoria Long. For fans of Chet Faker, John Newman and SOHN.
Catch their album release show this Friday, July 11th at The Drake Underground in Toronto, and stream the entirety of ‘Planes’ below!