New video for ‘Half Life’ from gritty dance-pop duo Smerz (XL Recordings)

Smerz are on a roll at the tail end of 2017, with their second new track and video released in as many months.

Premiered on their NTS show, Catharina and Henriette’s new track ‘Half life’ continues the duo’s penchant for minimalist beats and R&B vocals.

Watch the video here:

The video was produced and directed by Smerz, and as with all Smerz music, the track was produced, programmed and sung entirely by the Norwegian duo. The video is an off-kilter version of those classic R&B music videos.
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NZ synth-pop duo, Dunes, announce debut album

DUNES

Announce self-titled debut album

Share acoustic cover of ‘Hard

Dunes have announced the official release of their new self-titled debut album, scheduled to surface on February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ. To commemorate the occasion, the magnetic pair have also shared a delicate acoustic cover of their latest single ‘Hard’, filmed by Christian Tjandrawinata (watch here).


The songs on their debut offering were born out of a musical collaboration between New Zealand-born sisters Jamie & Tessa McDell, through fusing together their contrasting music influences to tell raw and honest stories of their lives.

Produced and engineered by Thomas Healy (Tiny Ruins, Clap Clap Riot, Paquin), it is a melting pot of Jamie’s penchant for strong, structured pop tunes, and experimentation with new and unique synth and instrumental laters inspired by Tessa’s diverse listening leans.

The sisters started writing collaboratively when they realized how little involvement they had in each other’s lives growing up. With music being their common ground, writing and recording in close, creative proximity over the past year became their way of opening up to each other about some of their most difficult experiences. While Tessa, like Jamie, has also grown up listening to country music, her influences expand further into Hip Hop and R&B, which pulled them further down the rabbit hole in finding and developing a sound that is Dunes’ own. The result is refreshingly honest and relatable, as much as it is autobiographical.

Jamie is no stranger to the New Zealand music industry, having two Gold singles and a Gold-selling, NZ Music Award-winning album under her belt, while sister Tessa has, up until the past year, spent most of her spare time studying animal behaviour and releasing her own solo material.

Earlier this year, the pair’s debut single ‘Horses’ took on the world, gathering attention towards the sisters’ synthpop side project after being uploaded to Soundcloud and shared around by fans. It was picked up by NOISEY, who said of the track: “on first listen justifies their early comparisons to the big pop of Grimes and Purity Rings.”). Since then, Dunes have released a new single (‘Hard’) with an accompanying Benjamin Brooking directed music video, which followed on in the footsteps of its sleek predecessor – presenting the family disposition for strong melody crafting and songwriting.

Dunes – out February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ
Available to pre-order here

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THE NATIONAL – NEW VIDEO!!!

THE NATIONAL RELEASE RAGNAR KJARTANSSON DIRECTED VIDEO

FOR ‘I’LL STILL DESTROY YOU’

PLAYING AUCKLAND’S VILLA MARIA WINERY SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 25TH, 2018

Tickets Selling Fast!

 Today, The National released the video for ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’, off their most recent album Sleep Well Beast.

‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Ragnar, who also appears in the video, collaborated with The National for A Lot Of Sorrow which saw the band play their song ‘Sorrow’ for six hours in front of a live audience at MOMA’s PS1. ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Aaron and Bryce Dessner created HAVEN Festival.

‘I’ll Still Destroy You’

Directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Ragnar Kjartansson

Produced by Lilja Gunnarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir and Haven Festival

Set design: Anda Skrejane, Christoph Fischer, Camilla Hägebarth, Julia Krawczynski.

 

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile new single! with the sweetest video..

Continental Breakfast
taken from forthcoming LP 
‘Lotta Sea Lice’
released October 13th  
on Milk! Recordings/ Remote Control

“Harmonies and guitarmonies galore” Courtney

“An intercontinental country duo for the ages (minus the country, haha)” Kurt

By now you would have heard that Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most accomplished songwriters of their generation, are releasing a very special collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice October 13th – at once a glorious peek behind the studio doors of two acclaimed artists and an unabashed celebration of their unique, longstanding friendship.

After the runaway success of opening single Over Everything, the video for their magical new single Continental Breakfast gently pushes the door open just a little bit further. Using intimate home footage shot over four days of Kurt and Courtney in their respective family environments surrounded by friends and relatives, Continental Breakfast  goes beyond being a mere music video and becomes a mini documentary of sorts, capturing candid, honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both musicians.

Director Danny Cohen says:

‘Continental Breakfast’ was made while spending time with Courtney and Kurt in Melbourne and Philadelphia, it’s an intimate home movie into their lives and the time spent with family and friends between recording /touring. Shot on 16mm, the mini-documentary captures honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both Courtney and Kurt. It was such a treat to experience life with Courtney and Kurt in their natural habitats. It really left me feeling like part of the family and hopefully fans can feel that too.

It’s just another delightful layer to what is already promising to be one of the most compelling albums of the year.
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DUDE YORK SHARE VIDEO FOR “BLACK JACK”

FLOOD Magazine premiered the trippy new music video for “Black Jack,” the bombastic opening salvo from Dude York’s full-length Sincerely, which was released earlier this year.

 

“[Dude York] delivers brisk pop-rock melodies with metal flourishes and arena-rock theatrics.” — The Chicago Tribune

“Bands like Dude York, alongside Mitski, Angel Olsen or Hardly Art label mates Tacocat and Chastity Belt, seem like the most likely way forward: rock music that touches on modern concerns, is forthright instead of vague and offers perspectives other than the male gaze.” — The Seattle Times

“The 13 tracks on
Sincerely, are, in contrast to their booming, brash arrangements, plainly vulnerable, truthful and deal with familiar feelings of quarter-life malaise.” — Paste

“Dude York’s pleas for the crowd to move closer are getting increasingly desperate.” — The Onion




METZ share new video for Cellophane – album out now!

Today the Toronto noise-rock-punk trio METZ release their ferocious (Steve Albini-produced) third album Strange Peace! 

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

To celebrate they have released a video for “Cellophane”, Watch the discombobulating black-and-white clip for “Cellophane” below.

 
METZ is Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass). 

One of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete.

UK’s SHAME RELEASE NEW SINGLE VIDEO, CONCRETE – DEBUT ALBUM COMING IN EARLY 2018 ON DEAD OCEANS 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR CONCRETE

Today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete. A bracing jolt of a song, Concrete races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, its call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil and schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

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TORRES: Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’

OUT FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER: TORRES ‘Three Futures’ (4AD/Rhythmethod)
Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’


 

Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, gothic textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs. She employs a more animated, frantic delivery to convey the dark obsessive desires described in ‘Helen in the Woods,’ while elsewhere she exhibits a throaty, hollow timbre or takes a solemn, reverential approach.

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