Sometimes there is a certain essence in the air, and this week in our roundup of the coolest new music videos, it is desire. It has blown in strong with the smells of spring and treated us with a collection of clips that are heavy with longing. Then, just to make sure you aren’t left in a puddle of tears, there are a couple of real bangers to dance it out too.
Disclosure – Magnets feat. Lorde
Since Disclosure recently dropped their much-anticipated album Caracal (read our review here), the musical world has been eagerly devouring its contents. Now, the striking track Magnets has a video to add to the feast that is a perfect pairing for a glass of red wine and a case of forbidden love. Featuring Lorde, the track is what you would expect from the match up with signature vocals from the songstress and high quality production to match. The stunning lyricism is enough to take a long cab ride home alone too: “Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know.” But where most of us just cry ourselves to sleep, Lorde breaks out in a noir tale of murder. What else did you expect?
Joy – About Us
Hailing from Brisbane, Joy is a breath of fresh air. With a voice that is so serene it sounds like unicorns, it is hard not to fall in love. We recently chatted to her at BigSound where she won our hearts, and couldn’t be more infatuated by her recent clip for track About Us. Taking place on a low-lit night, the singer wades into knee-deep water, trying to wash herself of a relationship gone bad. The visuals are interspersed with patterns of swelling tides and rippling currents. It’s simple, but lovely. Having already taken out the Unearthed competition to perform at Laneway this year, we are expecting big things from this talented gal as she embarks on her headlining tour next month.
Lana Del Rey – Music to Watch Boys To
Pretty ladies submerged in water might just be the flavour of the week, but as usual, Lana shows she is at the top of the game. Her clip for track Music to Watch Boys to is sensual and all kinds of hypnotising. As smooth as a shell picked up from the sand, press it to your ear and be transported. The track is off album Honeymoon, released just a couple of weeks ago, and as the singer says: “…Lends itself to a visual of shadows of men passing by.” The surrealist clip sees the singer on a beach chair surrounded by swirling horns while boys play basketball and kick skateboards. And she is a total babe as usual. Girl power.
Aquilo – Good Girl
English duo Aquilo took me by surprise with their track Good Girl. Not familiar with their languid electro-pop, I pressed play on the clip and watched as the song and the accompanying story unfolded. The track takes melodic tiptoes along, as the video tells the story of a religious evangelist who is bewitched by a kind-hearted but rebellious stranger. It is not as corny as it sounds. I don’t know if it’s just the accents that we hear in the prelude, but the characters are a little bit beguiling and you can’t help but be spellbound as they embark on a journey into the unknown.
No Zu – Ui Yia Uia
There is no other way to put it; No Zu’s clip for track Ui Yia Uia is straight up weird. With taxidermied kangaroos partying alongside an army of body builders in an underground nightclub, it’s a real trip. But, that’s not to say it isn’t really really good. It is contagious and raucous and surprisingly accessible, from a band that have coined their own genre (heat-beat), and sound like this country’s and this decades answer to the B52’s. It’s might not be something you would imagine yourself dancing to, but it’s just unavoidable. All those dirty synths, nonsense vocals and gaudy saxophone (YES! Saxophone!) demand hair flipping, arm flailing good times. Sadly, forthcoming album Afterlife isn’t due out until 2016 so just chuck this one on repeat for now.
World Champion – Avocado Galaxy
The Sydney electronic duo dropped their single Avocado Galaxy last month, and have followed up with a clip that is even more infectious. High res images of space are interspersed with vintage television footage of dancing crowds and badly costumed aliens from an unknown scifi series. It is a sonic journey through a track that makes you want to hit the dance floor, like, now. Directed by Elliott Shields, it captures all the bands cosmic energy and has us pretty excited about what is to come from these guys.