I absolutely fell in love with this song when it first came out – it’s sparkly, feel-good indie pop just hit all the right spots. The inspirational video clip has just come out, featuring a black and white world of surfing, dancing, hitchhiking and generally living the kind of free life that we’d all envy. Towards the end, the clip starts to develop colour – and it’s absolutely glorious. A beautiful clip for one of this year’s best songs so far, highly recommend taking a look.
JP Cooper, Closer
When someone lists their influences as The Weeknd, Hozier and Bill Withers, you can be sure that I’m taking notice. An emotional, nearly jarring video from this UK-based rising star, the video tackles the difficult topic of a father’s heartbreaking desire to be closer to his young son. The clip was directed by Drew Cox and stars actor Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America,) and is atuallys et to be adapted into a short film with a soundtrack featuring Cooper’s entire recent EP, When The Darkness Comes.
J. Cole, G.O.M.D
I’ve been a little on the fence about J. Cole for a while now, but was really swept up by his latest album, the introspective Forest Hills Drive. The video clip for G.O.M.D is intense and powerful, featuring Cole portraying a Colonial-era slave working on a plantation. Rap has really started tackling race issues in a far more serious nature than we’ve seen in recent years (most notably Kendrick’s new one, of course,) and Cole’s take is really unique and quite moving.
We recently wrote about Thundamentals’ legend Tuka and his new foray into solo work – and he’s just released the accompanying video. Already making us turn our heads as a leader of the ‘new generation’ of Aussie hip hop, the video is easily my favourite this week. Inspired by none other than David Lynch, it’s one of those clips that really tell its own little story.
Director Josh Thomas had this to say about the clip: “Thematically, the piece delves into that ‘Nirvana’-esque moment one experiences on the brink of sleep in front of late night television. The feelings of ‘out of body’ detachment and the sense of reality peeling away are elements we layered throughout to subtly disorient the viewer and have them question what is happening on screen.”
Lupa J, Waiting For Her
We flagged Lupa J’s new track a few weeks back as one of the strongest, most interesting female-led electro tracks we’ve heard all year, and the new video clip only furthers that sentiment. Filmed, directed and edited entirely by the artist, the black and white clip features a black-clad woman with a shimmering scarf covering her face. As she walks through the streets, violently dancing at times, it’s dark yet intriguing atmosphere is perfectly fitted to the track.