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[music video]: The Dø – Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

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The Franco-Finish duo known as The Dø are gearing up the release of their new album Shake Shook Shaken on January 26, 2015, via their own label Siamese Squids.

They’ve recently released a colorful music video for album single “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy.” It’s a shimmering feel-good slice of synth-pop with big vocals from singer Olivia Merilahti. The track’s video was directed by Noel Paul and sees the duo hanging out near an airstrip with some big planes.

Check it out below.
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[music video]: Adult Jazz – Am Gone

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2014

Adult Jazz

If you’re not familiar with Adult Jazz’s terrific debut album Gist Is, you’ve slept on one of the best albums of the year.

One of the first songs that was shared from the album was the multi-layered and colorful offering “Am Gone.” It’s just gotten an official music video, directed in black and white by director Samuel Travis, and starring Suren Seneviratne who is walking around outside trapped in the confines of gallows.

The video features a powerful artistic vision, fitting for a band that is really pushing the boundaries of music to exciting levels.

Check out the video below, as well as the bands CMJ show dates next week, which will mark their U.S. live debut.
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Music Video Premiere: Honey Wild – Home

By Will Oliver, October 10th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Photo by Talia Green

Brooklyn’s Honey Wild will release their new self-titled EP on October 14 via Shorewave Records. Today, we have the honor of premiering the music video for “Home,” a track off of the EP.

The video itself was shot at the Bushwick house of the label’s very own Chris Leo Palermino, and features the band playing a dazzling live performance of “Home.” The track features delightful 60s vibe that fans of Mac DeMarco should certainly appreciate. Get your exclusive first watch of the video (which was made by Brooklyn’s Yellow House Pictures) below.
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Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone

By Will Oliver, October 1st 2014

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Ariel Pink will release new album pom pom on November 18 via 4AD. It’s a double album, sitting tall at 17 tracks and 69 minutes long.

“Put Your Number In My Phone” is the first single from the album, and it’s Ariel in typical Ariel form. Early 70s am radio waves collide with hints of a sun filled California sky. It’s a good one.

Stream it below.
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This weeks saw the release of a new album from Lenny Kravitz called Strut. It’s the first album from Kravitz in three years, and to celebrate, Walmart Soundcheck has chosen him as the artist of the month. They’re releasing a three-episode video series that features exclusive interviews and up close and personal footage of the new songs from a recent show in Miami.
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Jessie Ware – Want Your Feeling (Live at the Barbican)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2014

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Jessie Ware’s new album Tough Love is sounding like it’s going to be a strong follow-up to Devotion. At least based on the strength of “Say You Love Me” and “Tough Love.”

“Want Your Feeling” is the most recent cut shared from the album, and it’s actually a collaboration that Ware did with Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange). It’s a golden pop-song with a soulful core, with the fingerprints of Hynes all over the place. Throw in production from James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco and producer of most of Arctic Monkeys stuff) and you got quite a team credited on the track.

Check out the live video of the song that was recorded as her performance at the Barbican in London. It’s posted below.
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Banks at Rough Trade NYC (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2014

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Yesterday hotly tipped L.A.-based recording artist Banks released her debut album Goddess via Harvest Records. To celebrate the occasion, and reward fans who purchased the album, she played a short but sweet intimate set at Rough Trade NYC. The performance was one of the venues “instore” performances that rewards fans with the performance as well as a meet and greet with the artist, who will sign their album.
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Moonface – City Wrecker

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Former Wolf Parade man Spencer Krug will release a new EP called City Wrecker under his Moonface moniker on September 16 via Jagjaguwar. Apparently it’s the last set of tunes that Krug made in his temporary home in Helsinki, Finland.

He’s released a black and white clip for first single “City Wrecker,” which is a pretty piano-based ballad showing a gentle side of Krug. It’s a touching and powerful effort, one that shows that this man has some pretty incredible range all over the musical spectrum.

Watch the video below.
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Action Bronson – Easy Rider

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Queens rapper Action Bronson will return with his new album Mr. Wonderful this fall. If the rest of the album is as ridiculously awesome as first single “Easy Rider,” then we may be looking at one of the best rap albums of the year.

“Easy Rider” grooves off a crisp psychedelic-influenced sample of a 1974 song called “Adımız Miskindir Bizim” from Turkish artist Mazhar Ve Fuat. Bronson delivers a memorable flow that calls to mind a bit of Ghostface. It’s produced by Party Supplies, who is certainly earning his pay on this song, which is just fire.

Watch the equally awesome music video for “Easy Rider,” which naturally, is an ode to Easy Rider.

Owl John – Red Hand

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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When Scott Hutchison isn’t singing lead vocals for Frightened Rabbit, he’s releasing his own solo music under the guise Owl John. In August he released his self-titled debut album via Atlantic Records.

The record’s single “Red Hand” is a more polished off version of Hutchison’s work with Frightened Rabbit, but it’s a good look for the Scottish singer. He sounds confident and assured over the well produced track, which soars towards the great heights that you come to expect from Hutchinson.

Check out the song below via it’s official music video, which was directed by Storme Whitby-Grubb & Charles Gibson.
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