Electro zone-coasters from Spain, Delorean, just released their enthralling video for "Epic," the lead track from this year's album Muzik. Delorean grabbed attention by swooping back into frame in 2016 with their avant-electronic dance music and this video holds it. The visuals of fantastic geometric graphics awakening to the pulse of the smooth beat, mix in with natural Icelandic landscape. You can't help but follow along to the dance of imagery and rhythm. The fellas from Delorean describe the making of "Epic": "We teamed up with Joan Guasch with whom we worked on 'Crystal.' Following the same aesthetic approach Joan integrated geometrical figures in the astonishing natural landscape of Iceland. The result couldn't be more gratifying and enigmatic as we ask ourselves where these figures come from and where are they headed." The video's director, Gausch adds: "In this music video I was willing to work around the idea of the origin of sound and how it would behave in an extreme nature environment. I created 3D structures that react to music and through it's progression will create complex objects that will represent different sounds. The song gave me the idea of the contemplation of abstract elements in a natural space that integrated in real image end up building imposible sculptures. I wanted to explore a new visual language that would perfectly fit with the album's cover. It was shot along South Iceland for a week." This one is a fun ride. Go along!
Drugdealer: “The End of Comedy” Video
Nov 30, 2016
In September, Los Angeles native Michael Collins, aka Drugdealer, gave us a nostalgic, train of thought album that can keep you company on a long, sunny afternoon. Here's the video of the title track, "The End of Comedy," directed, edited, and filmed by Andrw Storrs, an old friend of Collins'. Natalie Mering's (Weyes Blood) Sandy Denny like vocals frolic over the sublimely inviting ditty and Mac DeMarco even makes a typically goofy cameo. The video gives you the comforting feeling that incredibly talented recording artists are just people, hanging out like the rest of us. In a press release, Collins spoke of the video: "Basically, it's a snapshot of a particular moment while living downtown here in LA; playing piano, seeing friends and skating around. The song here is one of my favorite collaborations of all time – Nat and I recorded the whole thing very naturally when she was still living in Far Rockaway, NY about a year ago. It was simple and fun to make, and no one better to represent this on video than Andrew Storrs."
Ultimate Painting's gentle, soapstone capsules of indie pop are the sounds of the feeling of the morning after a good sleep. The London duo's recently released album, Dusk, was one of the more quietly sound offerings of 2016. Check out their newest video for "Monday Morning, Somewhere Central," featuring Jack Cooper and James Hoare floating through London urbanity. In a press statement, Cooper spoke of the video: "It's a song about fading friendships and trying to look back on them optimistically. The vast majority of the relationships we form with people eventually dwindle, but I've never really looked on that as being particularly sad...I've found looking back on friendships and thinking back on the good parts makes the ebb and flow of life a little easier." Ultimate Painting are currently touring North America with EZTV.
After Happyness struck the lo-fi liveliness of groups like The American Analog Set, Pavement, and Yo La Tengo on their debut find, Weird Little Birthday, the London trio is back with further interpretations of past golden eras of alternative rock. About their new single "Falling Down" and their approach to recording the new album, singer and guitarist Benji Compston muses in a press release: "I remember we were talking at the beginning of the recording sessions about Wizzard and Roxy Music and us maybe taking a leaf out of the whole glam rock thing, but getting it a bit wrong. Like children dressing up in their parents’ clothes or something..." In very pleasant ways, the new song feels like Bedhead merging with Galaxie 500. Hear for yourself below.
Featuring his expanded new live band in a hip late lounge setting, the new video from Ahmed Gallab – Sinkane to the music world – was released Wednesday. Directed by Nick Bentgen, "U'Huh" is the first single from his new album, Life & Livin' It, out February 10th worldwide on City Slang. The video is an upbeat affair and an affirmation of life, with allusively placed footage of protest and strife on a vintage TV screen in the background, implicit of the struggle that many always seem to be confronted with. Gallab's cry here: the human spirit will not be supressed, put forth in the chorus, "We're all gonna be alright" and "Kulu shi tamaam," "Everything is Great" in his native Arabic. Watch it here, and make some room for celebrating life:
Quilt: “Eliot St.” Video
Nov 13, 2016
"Eliot St.," the first single from this year's retro joy ride Quilt Album, Plaza,finally gets its video. Shot in 16mm by Charlotte Hornsby, for a song that feels like one that used to be recorded on 8 tracks, the vibe is all throw back. Quilt returned to Boston to film it, the city where they formed back in 2009. It's the third video from Plaza and released by the band as a gesture of positive energy for fellow Americans during a rough week. Quilt is currently on tour in the U.K. (Read our recent My Firsts interview with Quilt.)
Luke Temple: “Maryanne Was Quiet” Video
Nov 11, 2016
A lot of us need some musical healing right now. A good way to go today: Listen to Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic's profound and moving new folk album, A Hand Through the Cellar Door, released today on Secretly Canadian. The brand new video for folktale "Maryanne Was Quiet" was released in tandem with the album and can be seen here. Directed by Sam Kuhn, the video is a slow fade transitioning of glimpses in silent nature, shot in warm tinted black and white, with Temple narrating his story in a frozen stare into memory. By Charles Steinberg
Airwaves! Airwaves! Airwaves! Yup, excitement about Iceland Airwaves has hit a fevered pitch round’ Under the Radar HQ. Since we still have a few weeks left to go, we’ve asked some of the musicians playing the event to make us mixes. You know—just to keep us from terrifying friends and family alike with our excitement. Today’s comes from Iceland’s very own Ambátt. Listen below.