Posts Tagged ‘Visual’
By: Rob Brayl
If you’re looking for a jubilant jolt of girl power spirit, a double dosage of Yuna will do the trick. The Malaysian singer/songwriter recently premiered the music video for Rescue, and it’s nothing short of enchanting. The empowering track is taken from Nocturnal, her newly released Verve Records debut.
The Elliott Sellers-directed video was shot primarily at Big Sur, with select shots in downtown Los Angeles.
Official video + live performance of the track (via Conan) below.
Loving her authenticness!
By: Caitlin Hoffman
The Walking Sticks are a watering hole of smooth sound. They’ve got this druggy downtempo vibe that would fit any underground club like a glove. Their EP Send The Night is coming out in December, and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak. Rest assured, it’ll be a sound addition to your Christmas list.
It’s hard to think when keyboards clog your adrenaline. Kissing You is a video game symphony; listening to Real Thing, I can envision a thousand doe-eyed kids dancing in slow motion. All together, the affect is disorienting and dreamlike- lavender in CGI.
What stands out most for me is Chelsea’s voice. That resounding soul dug deep in my ears, succulent and hypnotic. Were she not in the lead, this group would lose its most remarkable element.
Of course, the boys enhance the magic. Spencer’s reigned-in guitar and Max’s bass beats round out the electro keys both dance upon. Though I’d rather they stick to the instruments while Chelsea kept to the microphone.
I’m not sure dream pop is going to move mountains, but if all they wanna do is make great music, they’re succeeding.
By: Caitlin Hoffman
CVRCHES: worth a listen, on and off the stage.
Formed in Glasgow, this stunning synthpop isn’t the sound you’d expect to find in my speakers. I’ve had such a love-hate relationship with “newer” forms of music, particularly when they’re enhanced or even defined by computerized samples and digital instruments. Yet I’m finding SO MANY acts within those realms who are intelligent, socially-conscious, and truly talented. All the more reason to press play before you judge!
CVRCHES have a lush trance not to be messed with. Lauren, Iain and Martin have teamed up to create three EPs and one full-length album (The Bones of What You Believe, 2013). It’s always so exciting to see new bands at the start. You wonder where their music is going to take them.
Most recently CVRCHES came into the cyber-spotlight when Lauren spoke out against online misogyny in a blog post. A treat for the temporal AND frontal lobes? Yes please!
By: Rob Brayl
Saturday night, a day before #Mileygate, Miley Cyrus dropped her new single Wrecking Ball + the cover art for her forthcoming album, Bangerz. Of course, all of this was quickly overshadowed by her now infamous whack-a-doodle performance with creepy Beetlejuice perv, Robin Thicke.
Today, all that changes, as we place the spotlight on the new track.
After the hedonistic and controversial lead single, We Can’t Stop, one might expect a follow-up just as twerky, but what Wrecking Ball delivers is everything Miley’s newfound image is not: It’s vulnerable, understated, and beautiful. It’s a heartbroken ballad with striking force. It’s grown-up Miley without the awkward tongue flashing and creepy teddy bears.
Wrecking Ball is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
Bangerz is set to drop on October 8th.
By: Rob Brayl
Sick cover alert!
Up-and-coming London-based girl group Neon Trees have taken on Miley’s skankfest of a single, We Can’t Stop, and totally rocked it.
It’s smooth, less bitter, and more sweet.
Check out the rendition below + the infamous original clip following.
Twerk! Twerk! Twerk!
By: Rob Brayl
Introducing Los Angeles-based 78Violet!
You may recognize these striking faces as the sisters (Aly and AJ Michalka) formerly behind the pop duo AJ & Aly. Shedding the skin of their past to create a sound that’s lush with a smooth edge, the girls are back and better than ever. Six years after releasing their last LP, Insomniac, Aly and AJ are in the process of finishing a brand new album and have just released the stunning video for lead single Hothouse.
With visuals that would make any earthy-chic fashion label swoon, the video comes back with a beautiful landscape: meadows, stallions and wild flowers. (Eat your heart out, Free People!)
Note: Lana Del Rey-esque intro = actual music starts at the 3:30 mark.
Welcome back, ladies!
By: Rob Brayl
Swedish singer/songwriter and Eurovision 2012 winner, Loreen, has really caught my attention with the new video for We Got The Power. Written by Ester Dean and produced by Patrik Berger and Easter Berger (Icona Pop/Rihanna/Robyn), the video (directed by Loreen herself) is captivating and striking.
Says Loreen, when speaking on her direction: “I always have a clear picture of what I want to convey in my artistry and feel a great responsibility for the things I release. Moving images, for me, creates an extra dimension to the music. In addition, we need more female directors in the industry. More women who dare to take place, just like the video for ‘We Got The Power’ is doing.”
Watch the visual feast unfold below.
By: Rob Brayl
ROB BRAYL: First things first, you’ve really surprised me with the direction of your new single Love War. I’m hooked! I love that you’ve broken the mold of American Idol. Was it always your intention to steer towards electronic music?
ANOOP DESAI: Not consciously, no. It was really a process of musical evolution for me. Going to shows, being around music as a professional, advancing as a writer, etc. It was an organic process for me, just trying to find my voice within the genre for the past three years. People may have a memory of me from “Idol” that seems different from the new sound, but it’s really just filling a niche in EDM that I felt was there for the taking. My rule when making this latest record was that I could only make music that I personally liked. It was a decision that seems to have led to a wider appreciation of my music, which I’m thrilled about.
RB: The video treatment for the song is incredible. I’m really impressed with everything your doing at the moment. Can you tell us a little about the visuals in the clip? (I’ve noticed some horses and country scenes which I think are cool, meshing with your North Carolina upbringing.)
AD: We filmed parts of the video in the North Georgia mountains, parts of it on a white backdrop with cool lighting, and of course there’s the military footage in there. It’s meant to be jarring but also visually clear. And you sort of hinted at it, the idea is that the song is referencing a past gone by while really trying to express the reality that struggle still plays in everyday life. Essentially, no one comes out unscathed from a Love War.
RB: What artists have you been inspired by with regards to this new sound/style?
AD: This answer really changes weekly for me, but I think at the time I was writing Love War I was listening to a lot of Bassnectar, The Weeknd, the first Ellie Goulding record, and because I was a recent Atlanta immigrant, LOTS of hip hop. I’m in a space right now where I’m really into James Blake, Kishi Bashi, Purity Ring, Active Child, M83, etc. (and still a lot of hip hop), so we’ll see how that affects the next batch of stuff I’m working on.
RB: You must be stoked about your debut album? Any idea/timeframe as to when it might drop?
AD: So stoked. I think I owe it to myself and my fans to make sure that it has everything behind it that it deserves, so there’s of course a financial and promotional element there that we need to set up when it’s done. We’re already done with half of it, and I’m personally aiming for late this year or early next year. In the meantime, I’m releasing a new remix package of Love War in June.
RB: Like most girls and soccer moms, I loved you on American Idol! [Laughs] What I don’t love is hearing that you experienced some racism after the show. That sh*t really bothers me. But major kudos to you for being able to be vulnerable and real and open about it. I think that type of honesty encourages change.
AD: Thanks. It’s nothing new, although it was new to me at the time. I don’t think it’s headline news that there are dumb people in the world, but it’s always weird when that kind of stuff is directed at you. I’m fully aware that I don’t get as much of that stuff as a lot of other people. As messed up as it is, sometimes people have to be peer pressured into acceptance. (I hate the word “tolerance”.) Hopefully, the kind of mainstream success I am working towards can be part of that pressure.
RB: Do you feel like your experience on the show pushed you in a way to break away from the more safer styles/genres the show seems to embrace/push winners towards? Meaning, there’s not many artists from the show who are doing what you’re doing right now, which is making really rad electro music!
AD: In a way… I tried to do the “safe” thing at first and it just didn’t really work for me. On a critical and personal level. Like I said earlier, my rule for the new sound was that I had to like everything that I was putting out there. I didn’t have that rule before, and I think it showed. At first, I pushed myself towards that bubblegum ideal because I felt like that was what my audience wanted. Whether that was smart or just pandering, I don’t know, but it definitely didn’t get me where I wanted to go. As I’ve begun to write more and really focus on the craft above anything else, I’ve evolved as a musician and as a fan of music. And, of course, that will never stop.
RB: This is a staple in questions I ask artists: What’s a few of your current guilty pleasures? Music or non?
AD: The new will.i.am album, bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
RB: Last album you purchased.
AD: James Blake – Overgrown. It’s just complete mastery. I went to his show at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC the other night and it was literally awesome. Although I’m also a fan of the new Charli XCX, Django Django, and Major Lazer records.
RB: Are you planning on touring with the upcoming album release?
AD: This fall, but no dates are set in stone yet.
RB: Finally, I wanted to say that BiggerThanBeyonce focuses a lot of energy spotlighting incredible indie artists like yourself. Although difficult at times, do you feel a sense of personal triumph and victory being free to make the music you love?
AD: Of course! It is difficult at times, but that’s going to make what’s ahead even sweeter.
By: Maria Ciezak
Haven’t heard of Frank Turner? You need to. The English singer/songwriter has been melting hearts in the industry for a few years now, while making the deep conversion from punk rocker to acoustic solo-throb. His new single, Recovery, can be found on his latest record, and fifth solo release, Tape Deck Heart. He spoke of this release in recent interviews saying that (without going into lengthy details) it instantly became a “breakup” record.
This single is the perfect opener, with a radio-friendly sound and a lustrous production that has certainly evolved from his past releases. It’s backed by a triumphant piano, almost throwing a bright coat of paint on a fresh breakup. Meaning it’s unexpectedly uplifting despite its gut-wrenching topic. If you’re hesitant about indulging head-first into the whole record, this track will guide you on the right path.
Having only listened to a few tracks, I can tell this is an insanely personal record, almost opening the lock to his diary (if diaries still exist nowadays) and giving fans a taste of what really happens in the mind of Frank Turner.
Check out Recovery and then move on to the rest of Tape Deck Heart.
Whether you are going through a time of sorrow or not, this record will move you, in one way or another.
By: Rob Brayl
“Puttin’ my defenses up, ’cause I don’t wanna fall in love; If I ever did that, I think I’d have a heart attack,” the 20-year-old pop star sings on the first single taken from her forthcoming album, Demi. Adorning an edgy look for the Chris Applebaum-directed video, the track stylistically pours over cool visuals to further cement Lovato as an undeniable pop presence.
“I think for fans or friends or anybody who’s afraid to fall in love, I’d rather live my life with my arms open than closed off the entire time,” Lovato told E! News.
Check out the premiere of Lovato’s Heart Attack below.
I f*cking love!
By: Rob Brayl
Creating a jam that’s soothing and unfiltered comes Austin-based Alpha Rev. These Texas alt-rockers are creating ripples with their new video Sing Loud, which is not only beautiful, but a memorable imprint for those who have yet to experience their music.
The track is the first single off their new album, Bloom, available now.
This Spring, you can catch the band hitting the road with Nashville singer/songwriter Ben Rector.
Check out the video for Sing Loud below.
Totally infatuated with this song!
By: Rob Brayl
Obsessed! Obsessed! Obsessed!
Saturday, Monday’s video for The Ocean (featuring Julia Spada) is absolutely amazing. It’s a hidden gem that defies gravity, space and time. Its beauty is electric and cool. Undoubtedly, it won’t be long until this Swedish band is on everyone’s radar.
Directed by Maceo Frost and Robin Günther, the video was shot at -10C by the shore of the island Öland in the middle of the Baltic Sea. If that’s not gorgeous enough, the video captures Saturday, Monday’s dramatic strings over minimal techno, paired with Spada’s poetry and haunting vocals, spinning a dark, sublime tale of lost love.
The Ocean is the title track of Saturday, Monday’s new four track EP that was released worldwide on February 27.
By: Rob Brayl
With a sound as fresh and easy breezy as their name, Pacific Air is certainly on course to becoming the next big buzz band. Why? They’re cool. So much so, that their music could easily find its way on the soundtrack to a Bret Easton Ellis flick. (Although admittedly, their music may be little too uplifting for that.)
California brothers Ryan and Taylor make up the act, and the pair have created a new music video for their infectious song Float. The track is the first single off their newest release, Long Live Koko EP, which is available for purchase on iTunes now. The music video for the ditty was heavily influenced by a 60’s Vogue cover shoot, with classic Beverly Hills inspiration seen throughout.
It’s straight-up chic, y’all.
The duo is currently touring with Walk the Moon and RA RA RIOT, and recently finished a stint with my boys, Passion Pit.
Their debut album is due out this spring.
By: Rob Brayl
ROB BRAYL: Ok, Mr. Daniel, first things first… You’re back, completely independent, and NAKED. I feel like I need a cigarette (and I don’t smoke) after watching your most recent videos (‘Rocks Off’ & ‘Secret Fear’) from your latest ‘Secret Fear’ EP. Do you mind if I call you sexy?
DANIEL BEDINGFIELD: I have been known to accept compliments of that nature before. Nice to have someone focusing on something other than the girls in my video for once.
RB: In all seriousness, the visuals are stunning. Can you give us a little insight regarding their inspiration?
DB: Everything was designed to portray contrast. Relationships are very complex. And the relationships I’ve experienced in the past have been innately complex. The video seems to successively provoke opposing feelings of entrapment and obsession in the viewing audience, the eternal spin-cycle of revolving binary emotions and triggers. The nudity invokes the traditional desire of artists throughout the centuries portraying humans without their trappings of culture or status enabling the viewer to see the work as a human experience.
RB: When listening to the new material and watching the videos, knowing you are an independent artist now, it all makes sense… There’s an incredible sense of liberation present. Do you feel less chains and more freedom now to create the music you want to create now that you’re indie?
DB: I paid with years of my life to procure this freedom, it’s everything to me. No fat-cats sitting over my shoulder, trying to mould my art as I make it. I AM very limited without the financial backing of large corporations, but I find the limitations serve my purposes, rather than curtailing my activities.
RB: Back to being naked (laughs)… The part of your music that I cling to the most is the emotionally naked pieces. My favorite track on the EP is ‘Don’t Write Me Off’. It’s breathtaking. I love it so much! I just wanted to speak as a fan for a moment and say thank you for bringing such beautiful songs to life.
DB: You’re a sweetheart and I greatly appreciate your support.
RB: Are you touring with the new stuff?
DB: Of course! But without record company backing it’s a lot more difficult. If you’d like to organize a large enough audience for me, I’ll come and play in your town.
RB: What’s next on this fresh new journey for you? (Please come to Brooklyn!)
DB: A ha! Brooklyn! This I can do. How’s Williamsburg? New E.P out shortly, and I suspect you may enjoy this new video too.
RB: Current guilty pleasures. Give us something juicy!
DB: Telling little kids how to sing better as if I know what I’m talking about. Judging talent competitions and mentoring, voice coaching and shaping young talent.
RB: If I were to look at your laptop or iPod, what kind of music filth would I find?
DB: Marilyn Manson, Rowdy Superstar, Azealia Banks, Mykki Blanco… And that’s just half of the filthy stuff.
RB: Are there any charities you’re currently working with?
DB: I’m working to free the 26 million slaves on the planet with Stop The Traffik. I’m particularly focussed on ending sex trafficking of women and children.
RB: And finally, this blog, much like yourself and your incredible new material, is completely independent. So thank you for taking the time to speak with us. To end this interview, give us something random to close out with? Make it count!
View the new & improved indie/sexy/stunning Daniel Bedingfield below.
By: Rob Brayl
Not every artist or band has the ability to hold your attention hostage quite like Awolnation. Honestly, watching these dudes in action is like staring at your opponent during an intense game of poker via partycasino.com. This band delivers and captivates in a way all their own. And with much success (two million sales of their breakthrough single Sail in the US) under their belt, the band have released a new deluxe edition of their debut album Megalithic Symphony on iTunes, with six bonus live tracks.
Recorded at the Summit Music Hall in Denver last September as part of the bandâ€™s massive US tour, the deluxe release includes a new live version of the next UK single Kill Your Heroes (which came out earlier this week), as well as live versions of Guilty Filthy Soul, Sail, Soul Wars, All I Need and Burn It Down.
On top of the re-release comes some UK tour dates, where the band will be supported by Itch, the ex-frontman of The King Blues.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
13 February BIRMINGHAM, Institute
15 February LONDON, Heaven
16 February MANCHESTER, Academy 3
17 February GLASGOW, Garage
BTW, I’m pretty much obsessed with this video at the moment!