It’s over a week since Queen Bey broke the internet with the epic premiere of Lemonade. For those of you who haven’t yet been able to tear yourself away from watching it on repeat, never fear! We’ve picked the alternative top of the pops from the last week in video to help you out.
The Big Moon
We predict BIG things for The Big Moon in 2016 and we simply love their jangly, indie-pop awesomeness. The video for ‘Cupid’ sees the London quartet perform as paint, feathers, hula hoops and glitter confetti are all chucked at the band. Needless to say. things get very messy indeed.
Fuse the Nordic spirit of Bjork with the creative flair of Kate Bush and you arrive at Norwegian singer, Susanna. As an artist who makes “soul music for lost souls”, her latest offering is ‘Sacred Revolution’, the video for which was directed by Helge Sten, aka Deathprod. Susanna explains the concept behind it: “Helge Sten, who I have worked close with throughout my time as a recording artist, has made a beautiful and abstract video based on processing of colours and textures. As for pushing the boundaries on Triangle with what a song can be, what an album can be, I also wanted to challenge the music video format and let it cross into the art world.”
Cats and cats and cats! Do we really have to say any more to tempt you into watching the brilliant new video from indie-rock supergroup, Minor Victories? Giant moggies are coming to take over the world in the feline apocalypse, in their video for the lovely ‘Scattered Ashes (song for Richard)’.
‘When You’re Lonely’ is a slickly produced slice of electronic-pop from Cash+David. Its melody pulses with melancholy. The video is shot in the harsh landscape of Death Valley, California, and it draws on themes of androgyny and dualism. Directors Sleepy Puppies were also inspired by a passage from Virginia Woolf’s, ‘A Room of One’s Own’, which is central to the ethos of the band: “I went on amateurishly to sketch a plan of the soul so that in each of us two powers preside, one male, one female; and in the man’s brain the man predominates over the woman, and in the woman’s brain the woman predominates over the man… Coleridge perhaps meant this when he said that a great mind is androgynous.”
The latest visual from Azealia Banks sees the outspoken rapper dancing in the streets and shaking off her legal woes, to the 90s club soundtrack of ‘The Big Big Beat’. Taken from this year’s Slay-Z EP, this is how Banks described the track on twitter: “Detroit house vibes with major Diana Ross teas. U guys are gonna gag.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Next up is a brand new voice in soulful jazz – Welsh singer Jasmine Power. Gentle bass, delicate piano and trumpet underscore Jasmine’s gorgeous vocal and the narrative of her new single, ‘Stories & Rhymes’. It’s the lead track on her debut EP, due for release on May 27.
Rockers White Lung have unveiled a stunning visual for the anthemic ‘Below’, starring AnnaLynne McCord and directed by Richard Bates Jr: “This is my Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine Dion ballad,” explains lead singer Mish Barber-Way. “I needed to try to do a ballad about glamorous women. It’s based on a quote by Camille Paglia, ‘Beauty fades. Beauty is transient. That is why we value it,’ she said. ‘Feminism’s failure to acknowledge that beauty is a value in itself, that even if a woman manages to achieve it for a particular moment, she has contributed something to the culture.’ It’s a song about the preservation of glamour and beauty.”
We round up this week’s list with another Scandi treat which comes in the form of Mira Aasma‘s ‘Whale Song’, a beautiful and triumphant new track from the 19 year old Swedish songstress. Electric beats and ethereal vocals bring to mind Daughter and London Grammar, whilst the captivating video is a black and white visual delight.
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