“Fall” by Pixel Fix, from their newest EP out Feb 24th.
Crouched down, fists clenched, eyes scrunched and screaming. This is but one description from the many overlapping characters stuck in their own habitual loops in We Were Evergreen‘s new video. It’s the single ‘Daughters’ that has caught my attention. The french trio spent the most part of last year touring alongside Little Dragon and London Grammar, not that you’ll need any other reason to enjoy them any more after you click play. They manage to modernise the 2000′s for me with an instant flashback to the sounds of Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. Perhaps it’s also that the production team for the music video too who have created a set and used real actors as opposed to abstract moving images/animated figures we so often see nowadays. The video is apparently director Dominique Rocher’s take on the Danaids myth inspired by Zbigniew Rybczynski’s award-winning animation short from the 80′s called; Tango.
It’s a gloriously authentic and hyperactive display of the wonderful and bizarre facets of a human being, did I mention how brilliant the actual song is too? Syncopated beats wonderfully gelled with vocal techniques and repetitive loops. Spring 2014 marks the release date for their debut album so get to know them here first.
“Kong”, the lead single from The Notwist’s forthcoming album Close To The Glass, available February 25th via Sub Pop. The Notwist, known for their “careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on inside you” seek to marry the catchy with the unpredictable on their latest. I’m sold if we can expect more of the propulsive, driving “Kong”.
Take a listen.
“Horses Fell” by The Darcys, the fourth video from their Arts & Crafts full-length, Warring. Directed by Michael Maxxis, “Horses Fell” follows Sonny Castille, a former Vegas lounge singer who lost everything to drug addiction, ultimately relocating to Reno, Nevada to disappear. When Maxxis spoke of first meeting Castille, “I met Sonny at a slot machine in the Sands Hotel at 2am, and was moved by his story. It is a story that is presented in his eyes. It is a real story of loss, and I felt it would be an affecting narrative for the ‘Horses Fell’ music video.”
Take a listen to the latest single “I’m Not Part Of Me” from Cleveland-bred outfit Cloud Nothings, off their upcoming third full-length album, Here And Nowhere Else (out April 1st via Carpark/Mom+Pop). This album is Cloud Nothings, refined: “impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock that shimmers with sumptuous detail, from Dylan Baldi’s lone, corkscrewing guitar to his dramatically improved singing to bassist TJ Duke’s piledriving bass lines and drummer Jayson Gerycz’s volcanic fills”.
Check out “I’m Not Part Of Me”.
Glasgow indie rock group Holy Esque have shared their latest track, “Silences”: a reverberated guitar anthem that is a black look in the face of a rainy day.
The opening riff may be charming enough to make one believe that they’re in store for a cloudy, lo-fi tune, but the real pleasure is found in the directness and intensity playing in contrast to the aloofness. The clean, glasnost vocals hold no room for vagueness, and the drums respond with a real tenacity. These elements build for an epic finish complete cymbal splashes and cracking vocals.
This track combines the guitar stylings of Editors with a succinct, yet unpolished grit that make it worth a few listens. Check out “Silences” below, and find it available for digital download on February 10th.