If your bones are still achy and your legs sore from Splendour, you’ll want to ease into the week with some new videos from two strikingly different artists.
Kate Boy – Midnight Sun
Kate Boy, the Stockholm-based electro-pop group with Aussie roots (Kate Akhurst is originally from Australia) have returned with a new single, Midnight Sun ahead of their debut album ONE, set for release in November. Midnight Sun, co-produced by Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode), is everything you want from Scandinavian pop: industrial rhythm, layered booming synth, and Kate’s contemporary, bright voice. The video accompanying the track, self-directed and shot with Emil Klang, depicts two contrasting worlds; one in black & white and one rich in colour, featuring Kate engaged in back-bending choreography spliced amongst metal architecture. Of the video, the band says: “When we wrote this song it was during a snowy December, and we were longing for the midnight sun and the endless Swedish summer days. The video is about two opposite worlds colliding and unfolding over each other.” The result is a shimmery pop delight that oozes summer, which is exactly what you need to brave the final month of winter.
Watch Midnight Sun here:
Tamper – cover of Disparate Youth by Santigold
On the other side of the spectrum is Brooklyn duo Tamper, who’ve released a cover of Disparate Youth by Santigold as a follow up to their debut EP release earlier this year. A perfect sound for the mid-week blues, Tamper’s downtempo, indie-electronica vibes create a melting digression from the original Santigold version, with a backbone of rhythmic electric guitar that gives way to a building layer of textured chillwave electronica. The video is simple and peaceful; a montage of vocals, instruments and urban landscape scenery, filled with organic colours and warm pastels. If you enjoyed their phenomenal new single Take It In, you’ll dig this cover.
Check out Tamper’s cover of Santigold’s Disparate Youth here:
For the original Santigold version: