Category Archives: Music Video

Charity Children – Elizabeth

Charity Children, Elizabeth, Berlin, Charity Children Band

Blog mates over at Alphabet Bands may have introduced me to one of the breakout bands of the year and the next big thing… I just had to share with my readers. Oh mighty wind!! Charity Children have that immediate chemistry that cannot be explained. And I’ve had this feeling before; when I first heard bands like Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, alt-J. See a trend? Yea, they’re all blown up or currently blowing up.

This song… ahh! Elizabeth is certainly one of the more heartbreaking experiences of recent memory; one that is sure to resonate deeply and painfully with so many. The strained harmonies of Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee combine with an ambitious wave of instrumentation that hits with such astonishing force you will literally feel the breath escaping from your gaping mouth. Sincere and transparent lyrics are driven by a sweet, folky energy that captures what it means to be alive. Life’s difficult lessons are not lost in Elizabeth, yet are belted in a triumphant exclamation.

Charity Children are based in Berlin and will surely be spreading their reach far across the globe in the coming months. Currently, all we have from these two is the distinct privilege of enjoying this truly beautiful song over and over again. Though, I do not expect this group to remain quiet for long. Elizabeth is available for free download from the group’s SoundCloud page.

Stellar music video ATJ…

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Houses – The Beauty Surrounds

This new single is an incredible follow up to the recently released, Beginnings. Houses are showing real strength and growth with each new song they feature off the new album.

I am left trembling in the wake of the tragic message delivered in this mesmerizing video for The Beauty Surrounds. The dichotomy between each moment in time tears at the heartstrings. Visually this might be one of the deepest heartbreaks put to a soundtrack. This is absolutely breathtaking. Enjoys.

Houses: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Daughter – Still

First off, wow. After all of the teasing and sneak peeks, Daughter have finally released the first single off their upcoming album, If You Leave.

Per usual, this track/video is achingly beautiful. Love’s warming embrace so close, yet infinitely unattainable – lovers’ routines fading into the pain of monotony. Still invokes feelings that are all too familiar with lyrics that are painfully honest. Elena Tonra’s voice latches to the message of the song, creating a deeply personal experience. Again, beautiful.

If You Leave is to be released April 30 in the US via Glassnote. Daughter are embarking on a huge North American tour this spring. They will be hitting DC’s Black Cat Thursday May 2.

Daughter:  Website | Facebook | Tour | Twitter

Foreign Fields – Fake Arms

I’m not really sure how I missed out on Foreign Fields in 2012 but holy smokefire! Obsessed is a word; I will use it to apply to this situation.

Check out their new video for, Fake Arms; closing track off their 2012 debut Anywhere But Where I Am. You may be thinking, “What an incredible stripped down and intimate performance!” But this video stays very true to form when compared to the album/studio version. With the addition of creaking floorboards and near ancient instruments, you gain that rusted and weathered mystique that that has the ability to envelop your conscience.

Foreign Fields create an unexpected blend of music. Their sound is a marriage of old and new (electro folk?) that can only be described as unpredictable brilliance. River Kings is a perfect example. I will not believe you if you say you saw that coming. The uniqueness of everything they create is constantly toeing the line of what is acceptable in any genre, and I absolutely love it.

Foreign Fields: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

 

Local Natives – Breakers

Easily one of my favorite albums from 2010, Local Natives‘ debut Gorilla Major is another building block to my growing passion for music. They’re back this year with Breakers, first single off their upcoming 2013 release Hummingbird, slated for a January 23 release via Frenchkiss/Infectious.

Breakers is an intensely satisfying track. The seamless collaboration of so many moving parts is next level shit. Percussion, keys, and beats from every direction. I’d say it’s impossible not to ride their unbreakable harmonies into a deep daydream. It’s vanilla.

And guys, it’s your lucky day. I have it on good word that Local Natives are going on a huge tour early next year. In fact, I already have my ticket. An exclusive artist presale is up on their site and they’re hitting DC April 5 @ the 9:30 Club. Tour details after the jump…
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Milo Greene Movie

I will be seeing Milo Greene for the second time this week and first time as headliner. Never have I been more excited for a band to return to DC. Their debut, self-titled album has swept me away in a love affair (not to mention Marlana). Live, there is little and less that compares to Milo Greene’s beautiful on-stage harmony and synergy.

Coinciding with their album release and tour, Milo are putting out a series of music videos which sum up to a 36 minute short titled Moddison. The first two videos for Silent Way and 1957 are currently out via The Warner Sound studio. Each video will build on the story and won’t necessarily come out in their logical order; adding to the mystique. So far, this band can do no wrong. The two videos are visually stunning and complement the music perfectly. You will immediately be emotionally hooked into this story. Be sure to keep up each release and hopefully I will be seeing some of y’all at DC9 this Tuesday. Enjoy!

Milo Greene – 1957

Milo Greene – Silent Way

Music Video: Drop Electric – Empire Trashed

Drop Electric will haunt you. Their sprawling, grandiose soundscape digs deep into your inner mechanics. Chills reverberate through my body as their cinematic post rock tosses me straight onto the set of some indie-grunge Sundance short. Empire Trashed hits all ranges of emotions – serving up pain strained by frustrations for the main course; finishing with an inexplicable sensation elation and relief. I’m not one to suggest that Drop Electric will play with your emotions, but you won’t be upset with the end result regardless. This stunning video is produced by DC/NYC studio Dedalus Moving Pictures.

Drop Electric, a DC based band, just released four new tracks as a “sampler platter“. These four tracks show maturity and an added dimension coming off their 2010 hit debut Finding Color in the Ashes.

From all the reviews I’ve read, these guys are not one to miss live. Luckily, the District has two great chances to witness their face melting post rock. Drop Electric will headline the Capitol Groove Fest on July 28. In addition, they headline the STPP Fest Benefit @ Black Cat August 3, which also features RIF approved Conveyor.

Check out the Sampler Platter ATJ…

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Video: M83 – Reunion

The kids from M83‘s Midnight City video are back. And this time they’re running for their lives. I can’t help but think the little guy bears an uncanny resemblance to the child version of Anthony Gonzalez.

A word from Mute on the release:

Directed by Fleur & Manu and Produced by DIVISION,  “Reunion” is part two of the story that commenced with “Midnight City.” Together, these two tracks are the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution and run wild through a desolate cityscape. In the first video we witness their liberation, with “Reunion” we experience their defiance.

The Reunion EP is out now w/ remixes from The Naked and Famous, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mylo and more. Check it out!

Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952 (video)


Finally seeing Explosions live last month at Coachella will easily be among the top highlights of my year. The pioneers of post-rock put on a mind-melting, emotionally charged performance that shook me to the core. Explosions have just recently ventured into creating videos behind their songs. What we have been given so far are extremely well produced music videos that pair harmoniously with their strangled momentum of sound. Postcard From 1952 might be the best yet.

Postcard From 1952 nearly brings me to tears each time I hit replay. The video focuses on the suspended motion of a photograph’s subjects during the seconds leading up to their capture. These are moments mobilized in time. Increasing light from the building flash highlights the exuberance waiting to be etched on a page in some book; only to fade quickly thereafter. Though, even with the fading light, emotion carries on.

The frolics of neighborhood children bring out raw, uncharted innocence. You can see the adventure develop in their faces as each scene unfolds. The unavoidable smile machine at 3:05 is enough to brighten any day.

Even though Postcard is set in a day and age far from my own, I feel its intended effect all the same. With every shot, the human situation unravels before our eyes as an unbridled adventure. There is joy and wonderment that resonates with every special memory that I have stored away for a lifetime. Each scene is a portrayal of love and passion that is the moment; everything all at once. This is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that enlivens the world captured within.

Explosions In The Sky will be kicking off their Summer tour later this month at Sasquatch Festival. Do not miss them if they grace your hometown.

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