Summer is finally here – the solstice and strawberry moon collided, revellers are bathing in mud at Glasto, Wimbledon is just around the corner and the UK awaits with bated breath on the results of the EU referendum. We remain positive at TGA and so to help soundtrack the start of what we hope will be a glorious summer, we’ve picked 6 of the best music-visual delights to satisfy your hungry eyes. This week features one of our favourite new bands, a trio of Scandi treats, J-pop and the infamous “Becky with the good hair”.
We kick off with the latest release from one of our favourite new bands, Weaves, who unveiled this kickass vid for ‘Tick’ in celebration of their debut, eponymous album coming out this month. The song is a joyous slice of summery guitar-pop and the video stars comedian Chris Locke as a man who suffers a Weaves-induced midlife crisis: “The video is about the incessant ticking of the clock, nagging at you to realize your dreams, and the gentle reminder that sometimes dreams should remain fantasy,” says the band’s guitarist, Morgan Waters, who helped edit it.
Kero Kero Bonito
London J-pop lovelies, Kero Kero Bonito prove yet again that you don’t always need a big budget for big results. Their pop-tastic video for ‘Break’ features lead singer Sarah Perry casually sat in an array of locations around London and beyond, while the rest of the world continues to revolve, somewhat confused, all around her.
Last night Queen Bey dropped the video for the infamous “Becky with the good hair” Lemonade song, ‘Sorry’, which features tennis superstar Serena Williams owning it, as she dances through the halls of a mansion. It opens with a reading of Kenyan-born, Somali poet and writer, Warsen Shire‘s spoken word verse:
‘So what are you going to do now that you’ve killed me?
Here lies the body of the love of my life, whose heart I broke, without a gun to my head. Here lies the mother of my children, both living and dead.
Rest in peace, my true love, who I took for granted, most bomb pussy, who, because of me, sleep evaded.’
Her shroud is loneliness, her god was listening. Her heaven would be a love without betrayal.
Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks.’
Gothenburg-based duo PINK MILK channel the dreamy, bubblegum sounds of the best shoegaze and gothic minimalism bands, one for fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins and Cranes. There’s a moody ambience in their glorious debut track, ‘Detroit’, the hazy video for which sees kids wistfully skating through a town. Speaking about ‘Detroit’ they say “The song is written to a childhood friend. We were kids trying to be cool, smoking candy, blowing fake smoke in the air, dreaming about freedom.”
Another Nordic treat comes in the form of AyOwA, who have just unveiled the video for their beautifully dark and ambient electro track, ‘Sommer’, and the abstract video to go with it. The new Danish duo consists of old time pals Nicolai Kornerup and Hannah Schneider. They recorded the dreamy synths of ‘Sommer’ in a Copenhagen basement and the woozy summer track has been causing a stir in their native Denmark and scoring radio plays from Radio 1 too.
Scoring a Scandinavian hat-trick to round off this week’s list is Norway’s Jenny Hval. The experimental pop artist brings a darker, goth-fuelled sound to her new album, Blood Bitch, due out on September 30 via Sacred Bones. This visual for ‘Female Vampire’ was shot entirely on an iPhone, and it explores the low budget sexploitation films of the late 70s and early 80s.
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