The 7 Best Videos We’ve Found In The Last 7 Days
Words by Hayley Franklin
alt-J – ‘In Cold Blood’
With its mighty combination of powerful brass, quirky organ and sudden halts, alt-J‘s latest offering ‘In Cold Blood‘ is a dynamic, storytelling track in itself. But all of this sonic prowess is easy to ignore when watching the new music video. Directed by Caspar Balslev, the clip seems like a sweet ode to animal documentaries as it tells the story of the dangerous life of the wood mouse. Featuring stunning nature shots, narration by Iggy Pop and a maccabre plot twist, this is one music video that demands to be rewatched.
Emeson Snowe – ‘You Say’
Characteristically, this song was written, recorded and made into a video on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Emerson Snowe is the solo project of Jarrod M. Mahon – one quarter of legends – The Creases. The Brissy artist has made a slew of epic DIY videos for his slew of experimental EPs dropping steadily all year.
Sydney m8s, you can catch him this Saturday, 13 May at Golden Age Cinema & Bar with v special guest Kwang Chai (Marcus Whale). Come get weird.
Nick Hakim – ‘Roller Skates’
‘Roller Skates’ is the second single to drop off New York based musician, Nick Hakim‘s debut full-length record Green Twins. Littered with hip hop beats, chill guitars and vocals dripping with reverb, the track is a sunny, psychedelic experience. The animated music video, set in a roller-skating rink, experiments with the trippy track, by interspersing the awkward love story with hypnotic kaleidoscopes of squid-like roller skates and grotesquely colourful creatures. It’s four minutes of sickening, mesmerising fun, and only makes us anticipate Green Twins, which is due out May 19, even more.
Jess Kent – ‘Trolls’
Sydney-based songstress Jess Kent has released a fun new track “Trolls” and along with it a sickeningly cute music video. Set to hip hop beats and video game like synths, the video features Jess and her girl squad having way too much technicolour fun in a grocery store, bottle-o and a laundomat. Overwhelmingly aesthetic, the clip could be a fashion video as Jess flaunts her sass with snappy lyrics like “peanut butter jealousy”. At only 22, Jess has already supported Coldplay during their world tour, so she’s definitely one to watch.
Slowly Slowly – ‘Ivy On The Fence Line’
Melbourne moody rockers Slowly Slowly have released a dark, intimate clip for their single ‘Ivy On The Fenceline’. As singer Ben Stewart sings into the camera, dramatic lights revolve and flash around him. The introspective track gradually evolves into its full anthemic potential as the scene transforms into one of their signature, power-packed live shows. After a sold out show at the Workers Club in summer, Slowly Slowly are embarking on a mini tour through Launceston, Melbourne and Adelaide this June.
Kyle Lionhart – ‘Sweet Girl’
In the lead up to the release of Kyle Lionhart‘s sophomore EP Eleven & Two – out Friday, 26 May, the Byron Bay singer/songwriter has compiled footage from his most recent tour and stint of sold out shows – to create a visual feast of what to expect when Lionhart debuts his EP at a secret, afternoon and all-ages EP launch show in Sydney, Saturday, 27 May.
For those along the east coast, you can catch Lionhart play all new music when he supports Radical Face at the end of this month.
Dan Sultan – ‘Hold It Together’
Have you ever watched a record spin and been mesmerised as the grooves go round and round? That’s what watching Dan Sultan‘s new music video for ‘Hold It Together’ is like. Directed and animated by Jonathan Chong, the video features Sultan’s vinyl spinning on a wooden background, as animated birds, snakes, hands, faces and more appear in the grooves. It’s the perfect backdrop to Sultan’s soulful, honey vocals as he shares a joyous story of support amongst catchy guitar riffs and an uplifting gospel choir. It’s a promising look at Dan Sultan‘s anticipated second album.