Mosman Alder – Colours
The six-piece Queensland band scored critical acclaim for their debut album Humdrum Star, and now they have a stunning new music video for their recent single Colours. The film features a beautiful girl in a white, heavily fringed two-pice walking around different parts of rural Queensland. She looks fabulous, the countryside looks great, it’s really quite hard to go wrong.
Filmmaker Michaela Holmes has taken the clip a step further though, but cutting and overlapping images in such a way that each instrumental component of the song is emphasised. In this way, as the song builds in pace so too does the video, becoming more dissected and abstracted as it goes along.
Humdrum Star was apparently originally inspired by a conversation about colour symbolism. Interesting, considering the music video is actually incredibly unsaturated, featuring mostly dull greens, browns and greys.
After becoming the most tweeted about artists of SXSW, Halsey has just released her Room 93 EP worldwide, a collection of gorgeous, otherworldly pop songs. Ghost is the haunting lead single from the EP, as well as the introduction to her forthcoming album Badlands, set to come out later this year.
This music video is designed with grace and sophistication. Shot in Japan, it combines beautiful layering with a gorgeous neon colour scheme in a way that is both feminine and edgy simultaneously. Ghost explores themes of intimacy and loneliness, my personal favourite line describes that feeling of suddenly being disconnected from the person who you are sleeping with.
“My ghost where’d you go? I can’t find you in the body sleeping next to me/ My ghost where’d you go? What happened to the soul that you used to be?”
Tuxedo – R U Ready
Tuxedo have just released the music video from their 2015 track R U Ready and it’s filmed in…. 1981. The story goes that someone found the tape in a goodwill shop in Fresno. In their blurb the band stated:
“Someone just found another VHS of Tuxedo, this time at a Goodwill shop in Fresno. This appears to have been shot in a TV studio on video tape, and is dated 1981. As we know, the band did not get around to recording this track for an LP until 2015.”
We hows that for a coincidence… Regardless of the video’s creepy story, it really has a lot going for it. Among other things it features: a sexy lady in a gold jumpsuit, white tuxedos, lots of rhythmic hip swaying and a main singer who’s so submerged in the groove, his eyes are closed for the majority of the film. Nice.
Favourite youtube comment, “the drummer looks like he’s making a grocery list in his head.”
Alpine – Damn Baby
After the successful release of their latest album Yuck, (which we reviewed here, and mentioned in our top songs of the year so far,) Alpine has delivered a gorgeous new single and accompanying video clip. Damn Baby is everything that a music video should be; simple, effective, and it actually looks like they’re having a great time.
The film is nothing fancy, featuring a plain white background for the majority of the time and various band members dancing around the screen. Unlike most professional movies though, they look like they are genuinely having fun together.
Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear
Having recently received great praise for his latest album I Love you Honeybear, Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) has just released a music video to go with the album’s namesake. The film is incredible, depicting the artist and his wife Emma, as well as two paramedics/lovers. Both couples are intoxicated in their own way. The paramedics are depicted drinking an entire bottle of whisky, laughing and fooling around in the ambulance van. Tillman and his wife are lying in bed in their beautiful home. The gas main is leaking, and they are slowing being poisoned.
The two journeys meet when the intoxicated paramedics drive to the scene and attempt to rescue the couple, but it is too late. Whether this is because of the paramedic’s state, or if the alcohol was more of a metaphor for their desire to dull the pain of their daily lives away, we do not know.
The film is dark, tense and deeply moving.