The Best Videos To Watch When You Want To Be Transported Elsewhere
Whether you’re in the middle of the desert or dreaming of outer space, we’ve got a clip to take you where you want to be this week!
Words by Hayley Franklin
City Calm Down – ‘Blame’
Melbourne post-punks City Calm Down have released an emotional follow up to driven rock track ‘Blood‘, and the video has us feeling all the feels. Featuring Jack Bourke’s low crooning about laying blame when you’re hurt, the video matches the melancholic tension of the song by separating two lovers with a massive expanse of desert. Grab some tissues and get swept up in the world of two beautiful dishevelled people, moving fast, staying still and plenty of dramatic looking back.
Esoterik x James Crooks – ‘Be Like You’ (feat. ASTA)
You may recognise his high energy rapping from Bliss n Eso, but Sydney MC Esoterik has just dropped a super fresh solo track with help from Melbourne singer-songwriter James Crooks. ‘Be Like You’ is a vibrant celebration of overcoming addiction and living your best life. The accompanying video takes this vibrancy to the extreme, as Esoterik and Crooks dress up in crazy costumes and venture through hyper-colourful landscapes with dogs and a parrot. It’s over the top good vibes that are so infectious you can’t help but share the joy.
DMA’S – ‘Dawning’
Sydney lads DMA’S have just released a dreamy new heartbreaker with a sweet clip directed by Spike Vincent. ‘Dawning‘ is one of the band’s darkest songs yet, as Tommy O’Dell sings honestly about loneliness, over a hopeful mix of blissful indie rock goodness. Luckily the video takes the hopeful approach too, capturing candid moments of the band including the recording process and watering pot plants. The boys are oozing with personality, so we can’t help but smile through the sadness. Catch their intimate homecoming shows in Sydney and Melbourne this November.
The Belligerents – ‘Science Fiction’
Brisbane psych-rockers The Belligerents have released an epic video for the title track from their debut album Science Fiction. Following on from lead single ‘Flash‘, in the video to which a dog is lost in space, the sequel follows singer Lewis Stephenson as he searches for a way to fly away from Earth and find the long lost pup. The journey from the doctor’s waiting room to the travel agent whilst decked out in a full astronaut suit is nearly as exciting as the explosive synths and pop hooks throughout the track. The Belligerents are playing album launch shows across the country from later this month.
Saskwatch – ‘Finger Painting’
Soulful Melbourne collective Saskwatch have collaborated with Headspace to create a sweet and uplifting video for their latest single ‘Finger Painting‘. Just in time for Mental Health Week, the song openly discusses experiences with depression and anxiety. The video, directed by Giulia Giannini McGauran, illustrates this with an intimate band performance, as they play in bare feet and no make up, dressed entirely in blue, before making a mess with white paint and being less blue as a result. ‘Finger Painting’ is from Saskwatch’s fourth album Manual Override.
Body Type – ‘Silver’
Sydney dream rockers Body Type have dropped their wistful third single ‘Silver‘ and a gloriously ’80s video to match. Directed by Tim Barretto and Oliver Hay, the shimmering, soft-focus clip features dramatic close ups layered over each other, as the girls croon about the passage of time and ageing. Driven by a strong rhythm section and intricate melodies, Body Type aren’t playing victim to time, instead revelling in the joy of change. Body Type have just been announced on the line up for Sugar Mountain Festival this January.
Wolf Alice – ‘Beautifully Unconventional’
British indie-rockers Wolf Alice have released a boppy garage rock track, ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ from their impressive second album Visions Of A Life. The vibrant track about female friendship is accompanied by a retro video, directed by Stephen Agnew, featuring the band performing as some ’50s rock ‘n’ rollers. Ellie Rowsell sings sweetly with Marilyn Monroe glamour, but her bold vocals in the chorus fulfill the lyric “You’re a walking contradiction / Cute with such conviction / But dark as the Devil who walks.” Visions Of A Life is out now.
St Vincent – ‘Los Ageless’
St Vincent has released a darkly cynical alt-pop track, featuring plenty of drama, heartbreak and unnecessary beauty procedures. ‘Los Ageless‘ and its accompanying video are hugely eccentric and mesmerising. Directed by Willo Perron, the hyper-colourful clip features everything from hair salons and botox to petri dish sushi and pedicure slime. ‘Los Ageless’ is the second single from St Vincent’s anticipated album MASSEDUCTION, due out October 13.
Nic Cester – ‘Eyes On The Horizon’
Nic Cester (from mega rock legends Jet) has released his second solo track, dreamy laid-back rocker ‘Eyes On The Horizon’. The summery track about lengthening days and romance is accompanied by a sweet video featuring footage of Cester and his charming live band Milanno Elettrica at the Lucca Summer Festival earlier this year, capturing their laid-back personalities and magical performance. Cester’s debut solo album Sugar Rush is out on Friday 3 November, with launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne leading up to it.