Video: “Shy Cry” by Unbuttoned

Video: “Shy Cry” by Unbuttoned

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“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!

Grace

Grace

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A little bit of personal background that isn’t relevant unless you want to fully understand the impact this track had on me: I’ve been quite ill and mostly sedated for the past month, which means I spend most of my days drifting between dream and quasi-awareness.  Music is background rather than a character.  To my surprise, Zola Blood‘s first ever release “Grace” became more than that; it stepped into my consciousness, broke into my dreams and became the whole story for every minute of the song.

The beautiful vocals and lyrics resonated in me.  The piercing reverb and delicate guitars made my eyes flicker.  The song is perfectly executed and perfectly produced, but most of all it is perfectly forged emotion.

There is a great aura of mystery around Zola Blood – no one knows who they are or where they come from, and I usually feel that this kind of approach is nothing more than an empty marketing move.  With Zola Blood, this suits me just fine.  Their music is discarnate and fully available for the listener to harness.  For almost four minutes, “Grace” is mine.  And I can’t wait to hear more.

Video: “Time” by Jungle

Video: “Time” by Jungle

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Check out the latest video (“Time”) from London collective Jungle.  Directed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch alongside the band’s ‘J’, the latest in a series of successful collaborations between the pair (on Jungle‘s previous ‘Platoon’, ‘The Heat’ and ‘Busy Earnin” videos).  This video arrives on the eve of the release of Jungle’s highly-anticipated, eponymous debut album, which is released worldwide on 14th July (15th in the US) on XL Recordings.

Video: “Bitch” by Allie X

Video: “Bitch” by Allie X

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Longtime Indie Music Filter readers will have definitely seen Allie Hughes featured on these pages, but never quite like this!  After a move to Los Angeles and accolades from the likes of Katy Perry, the songstress has been creating quite the buzz as Allie X with her three singles – “Catch”, “Prime”, and “Bitch” (all self-released and free to download on her Soundcloud page).

She’s just released Xhibit I — a music video for “Bitch” that’s an Instagram and Tumblr lover’s dream, complete with vintage filters and mirror effects.  Allie’s commentary on domesticity is perfectly placed as she wanders through a grocery store, filling her cart while singing “Gonna bake you, make your dinner / Could be your cook / You can bring me home my bacon / Chop the wood”.  You could say it’s a little bit Lana del Rey, a little bit Santigold, but 100% Allie X.

Now, Allie is encouraging fans to “become an #Xhibitionist by publicly #Xposing the parts of your self that are normally kept hidden.  Create a video, image, GIF or remix inspired by BITCH, tag it #bitchXart, and I will #Xhibit”.  If submissions are half as creative as their inspiration, I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

After Midnight

After Midnight

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“Nothing good comes after midnight” – yeah, you can say that again! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving a bit of rugged-edged lip-spitting grit in my ears lately – and Dorothy delivers.  The raw rock temperament combined with the undeniable talent of this LA band embody a guilty pleasure that will linger long after midnight…