Five Videos You May Have Missed
by: Blaine Skrainka
September 22, 2012
This last week saw the twilight of summer and a deluge of great new videos from artists that we are happy to share the autumnal solstice with. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up, have a go at new clips from WILD favorites: Frank Ocean, AlunaGeorge, MS MR, alt-J, Jessie Ware, and Cat Power. If those hits fail to tame your fix, here are five more cuts for the first day of fall.
Let’s kick it off with yet another new video from alt-J, aka Δ, whose recently released An Awesome Wave is simply spectacular for a debut record. A follow up to “Fitzpleasure,” have a glimpse at the surreal trials of this metaphorical matador in “Something Good”:
Burgeoning pop starlet, Kimbra, was jettisoned into the sonic consciousness with the once-in-a-decade hit, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” From our perspective, it is only a matter of time until Kiwi eclipses her patron. We sort of wish that American pop stars were as awesomely weird as Kimbra (and not in the weird-for-weird’s-sake of Gaga, or the don’t-even-get-me-started weird of Manaj).
The sisters Swede of First Aid Kit continue to remind us Americanos of the greatness of Americana. The duo have taken the sounds of Emmylou Harris, June Carter Cash and the like to a new level, offering a sound that indie rock and country audiences alike can get behind. Here’s a new video for the track “Wolf”:
We like new wave, and thus are always open to a tribute to the sound, even if the video is your worst nightmare of an American Apparel web TV ad. Check it anyway, because the sounds coming from former Twin Shadow bassist, Russ Manning, are pretty nice.
Our general feelings on Dirty Projectors can be summed up with this: more Amber and Haley, less David Longstreth, please. But, alas, that is unfair, and we still have to appreciate the nuanced layers and attention to detail of the Brooklyn quintet. Here’s a new one for the track “About To Die”: