The sun is (almost) out and festival season is well and truly underway. To get you in the mood for those long summer days and hazy nights, check out the exciting new visual treats featured in our weekly video roundup. This week we bring you a new riot-grrl anthem, futurist synth-pop and a satirical take on over-sexualised pop culture.
“Riot grrrl Chicana punk” band FEA stick two fingers up at rape culture with their new single, ‘Mujer Moderna’. It’s a feminist anthem, sung partly in Spanish, that calls out sexist double standards and slut-shaming. Oh and it just so happens to be a seriously catchy punk banger to boot. The video is directed by bassist Jenn Alva, drawing on sleazy club culture and issues of consent and harrassment. The badass quartet are releasing their project via Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records.
19 year old Brit Hannah Rodgers, aka Pixx, signed to 4AD (Grimes, Holly Herndon) and released her debut EP Fall last summer. Now she’s back with a dreamy, sun-kissed video for ‘Baboo’. Directed by James Slater and Natasha Laws, it’s perfect for those hazy summer days and perfectly showcases the warped alt-pop of Pixx.
Pop newcomer Elle Exxe has unveiled her tongue-in-cheek video for new single, ‘Lately’. The singer co-directed the video with Collin Smith and pokes fun at an over-controlling manager and trainer. It’s a vibrantly witty take on the overtly sexualised, pop-video stereotype. Premiered on Gay Times, this is also the first single to be taken from her debut album, Love Fuelled Hate.
Georgia quartet Mothers have just debuted their quirky, cartoon-like video for ‘Copper Mines’, which demonstrates maximum visual impact from a low budget production. The song is taken from their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, a record of true beauty. Our News Ed Caroline headed to see the alt-rock foursome perform a glorious gig in ye olde London town last week and you can read that review here.
One of our favourite Spanish exports, Hinds are known for their jangly and infectious guitar-pop, but they have a darker, more emotional side too. It’s explored here in the video for ‘Easy’ which is about a relationship headed to its bitter end: “‘Easy’ is the worst moment in the universe during a relationship cause you love him but he doesn’t care anymore. And being in bed with him is giving him nightmares. And you are the hangover in his mornings, and the homework during the day and the pain in his arse. So when you reach that point you can’t help but self-destruct. There is just nothing you can do, it’s too late to take it easy”. Check out our interview with the Spanish lovelies here.
Synth-pop futurist Nite Jewel recently announced Liquid Cool, her first new album since 2012’s critically acclaimed, One Second of Love. Also known as electro singer-songwriter Ramona Gonzalez, now she’s shared the Delaney Bishop-directed video for ‘Kiss the Screen’. It depicts “unattained real-world connections, thwarted for realms of fantasy” and it’s as glorious as it sounds!
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