June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Memory Tapes’ second album Player Piano is set to be released in just a few weeks on July 4th. Having absolutely adored debut album Seek Magic (and being lucky enough to attend Dayve Hawk’s first live gig as Memory Tapes) I am excitedly awaiting this new release. To tide us all over until then, here’s the new video for a track taken from Player Piano entitled ‘Yes I Know’.
Beautiful yet eerie, the video will hold you captivated throughout. The scenes takes in misty street vistas and a man who disappears right before your eyes. The rolling camera work evokes the sense that you’re in someone else’s head, taking a trip with them as they travel through streets and towns. The last scene, where a flock of birds spell out the word ‘Gone’ as the disappearing man vanishes completely, is stunningly beautiful. Highly impressive work from director Eric Epstein and director of photography Aaron Epstein.
May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Anyone uttering criticisms of this video clearly has neither eyes in their head nor blood in their veins.
(P.S. Criticisms of use of animals could possibly be allowed, although I’m sure B-town treated them lovingly)
February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
I recently recommended MEN’s album Talk About Body, below you can see the new video for ‘Who Am I’, one of my favourite tracks from the record. It’s FUNNY, I expect lolfaces to be provoked. And if you don’t know what LOLFACE is, get out of my kitchen.
January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Memory Tapes have been away for far too long. Dayve Hawk has been busy doing who knows what (hopefully mainly making more delicious music), and whilst the remixes posted to his blog have somewhat filled the void, it’s nice to have him back in his own right. ‘Today Is Our Life’ is a track taken from his as yet untitled second album, the follow up to Seek Magic (which is still one of my favourite LPs of the past few years). The track is instantly recognizable as being Memory Tapes, whilst still sounding completely fresh. Hawk’s vocals are like an old friend, guiding us through a 5 minute long dream that at first dawdles, and then becomes full of energy as guitar parts are layered over synths, keys, drums….too many parts to name. Half the fun of Seek Magic was trying to guess what the hell all the sounds were, and here the game continues. Welcome back Memory Tapes. We missed you. (You can get the mp3 here at GvsB)
The track comes via the Something In Construction compilation Love Sic Disco. SIC are celebrating their 100th release by giving away a fricking awesome compilation for free via The Guardian. It features tracks from ANR, Loney Dear, MNDR and Houses amongst others. WOW. Go here to download it, or stream via the Soundcloud player below.
January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Savage Skulls are a Swedish electronic duo, and Douster is a producer who hails from Lyon, France. They have come together to release ‘Bad Gal’ on the Mad Decent label, with vocals coming courtesy of the always mind-blowing Robyn. The official video was released recently, watch it below. The track features beats that will burrow into your head, accompanied by electronics that fall somewhere between sounds you’d find in a video-game and a jungle. Sounds peculiar but it’s energetic and fun; Savage Skulls & Douster produce a sound that manages to be their own, whilst still maintaining the energy and feel of the music that has come to represent Mad Decent. Listen to the track, and you’ll be singing “Bad gal, oh oh” all day long.
November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
All of my posts have been Robyn related recently. I could apologise, but I wouldn’t mean it in the slightest.
This video has just surfaced, it’s from Lucy McRae who developed the now legendary ‘water jacket’ in the video for ‘Indestructible’. She is an incredible artist from Australia who works mainly on body architecture (she also provided the art direction for all three of the Body Talk covers). This clip shows behind the scene footage of the music video; Lucy’s voiceover providing information on a project which took 2 years to develop. It’s incredibly interesting, and in some ways more entertaining than the actual music video itself!
And of course Robyn is as perfect as always.
August 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
Janelle Monáe continues to blow my mind. Sure she may talk about androids a whole lot, but no one can deny that she is incredibly talented. Hell, she embodies the word talent. Her music is passionate, well crafted and thoroughly planned out, from concept to production. Her performances are spirited, full of conviction and always note perfect. And now, in the video for her latest single ‘Cold War’, we see that she puts emotion into every aspect of her work. The clip sees Janelle perfecting the video in a single take. But by ‘perfecting’ I don’t mean achieving the pop star dream of flawless, semi-exposed writhing; I mean showing raw human emotion and using it to convey the power of what the song means to her. « Read the rest of this entry »