It’s video roundup time! Once again, Howl And Echoes are coming in hot with the freshest, most eyeball stimulating music videos to be dropped by the artists you love and some of the artists you don’t know you love yet, of this week. We do all the dirty work and herd them all into one convenient web-based location for you to enjoy every Friday so that you don’t have to. Have yourself a good old gander at the latest offerings from:
Beach Baby – Limousine
Coming out of London earlier in 2015, this has been one of my favourite tracks all year. Bursting at the seams with wildly contagious hooks, Limousine charters territory through 80s new wave, post-punk and even some 60s surf pop thrown in for good measure. Catchier than the clap is what it eventuates to being, a blissful three minute rock and roll song.
The video features the band playing in the kind of garage this song feels like it was recorded in while two young lads prepare for a Mexican standoff over, what else but, a girl. The video really captures the drearily suburban feel the song evokes, leaf green forests juxtaposed with winding streets. There’s something inherently creepy about these kids too…
Cloves – Don’t You Wait
Sticking with London for now, although this time by way of Melbourne, we caught the video for Don’t You Wait by disgustingly talented, honey-throated 19-year-old Cloves. The track comes from her upcoming debut album XIII and all indications thus far are that the hype is real and it is spectacular.
The gentle and clean electric riff that opens the song with her voice is spine-tingling before a lilting piano joins in and the song really takes off. The video itself is a simple document of the song inside the studio, which is perfectly fine as it directs the focus straight to Cloves’ stunning voice, smoky as an Autumn bonfire. Don’t You Wait leaves you with the kind of warm feeling you were chasing in Winter, though the song won’t lose any of its appeal in an Australian summer.
Cloves is just one of the many absolutely amazing young women to come out of Australia and put their musical stamp on 2015, you won’t be hearing the last of her any time soon.
Yeo – Icarus
And this time staying in Melbourne, producer Yeo has unleashed a fresh video for the latest single from his upcoming album Ganbaru. The track is all kinds of funky, building up to a warped out synth chorus that will grab you by the collar and hit all the right buttons.
The video shows Melbourne after dark, cameras drenched with haze capturing the neon lights and empty car parks. A couple of dudes eat Paddle Pops in said car park while they’re given a contemporary dance routine. Visually splendid, and made me feel like a BP freezer’s worth of rainbow Paddle Pops.
Milwaukee Banks – Faded
We enjoyed the heck out of Brisbane hip hop twosome Milwaukee Banks when we caught them opening for Big K.R.I.T. earlier in the year. Their signatures are still fresh on the dotted line of their deal with Dot Dash and their debut album Deep Into The Night is finally afoot. Faded is the first single from that album.
The video is as gritty and grimy as the track itself, another after dark joint featuring outer suburbs service stations and road trips through the city double-parking Pabst Blue Ribbons. There’s a rooftop car park dance routine in the bitter urban cold. The whole thing is captivating, and leaves us eagerly awaiting their first shot at an LP.
Lime Cordiale – Not That Easy
It’s really great to see a band put out a music video that aims to raise awareness of a current issue as well as doing some good towards helping that issue. That’s exactly what Sydneysiders Lime Cordiale have done with their brand new video for Not That Easy.
Focusing on the droughts currently ravaging North Queensland, the clip was filmed in places like Winton, Longreach and Townsville, the barren, dry landscapes juxtaposed with shots of regional residents enjoying some ice cold frothies at their local.
As someone from North Queensland, the band taking the time to share these people and their stories with their wider audience, most of whom reside in coastal or urban areas far flung from any notions of drought, is really heartwarming. Helps that the song is an absolute cracker too.
Lawrence Rothman – Oz Vs Eden (feat. Charli XCX)
Creepy and unsettling as all fuck is probably the best way to describe this one. If Lawrence Rothman is a new name for you, picture the baritone of Nick Cave mixed with the alternative theatrics and aggression of Marilyn Manson with just a splash of David Bowie and you might have an idea.
The video is a fever dream set to an absolutely filthy, bonechilling track, a mix of electro, pop and darkwave. Rothman’s deep and snarling vocals blend perfectly with the ethereal voice of Charli XCX, who features. I could go through and describe everything I watched in this film clip but I think it’s better if you just experience it for yourself. It’s possibly the most visually stimulating and confronting music video I’ve seen in quite some time.
Citizen Kay – Life Gives You Lemons
Having just kicked off a national tour to launch his debut album With The People, an album that followed up his AIR and ARIA award nominated mini-album Demokracy, Canberra-via-Ghana MC Citizen Kay is at the forefront of a refreshingly good and straight up ass-kicking Australian hip hop scene.
He’s just dropped a clip for Life Gives You Lemons, one of the standout tracks on With The People. The beat of the song, infused with a staccato saxophone riff and other vintage funktastic elements, will have you nodding your head along to Citizen Kay’s scuttling side-to-side flow. The video is a POV day-in-the-life piece featuring skateboarding, a trip to the supermarket (with extended shots of the lemon pile) before the subject of the video gets a little uh… nuts in the kitchen smashing said lemons using as many interesting methods as possible.
AND IT HAS A SAXOPHONE SOLO.
Just brilliant. One of the better names in contemporary Aussie hip hop.
MØ – Kamikaze
The Danish singer-songwriter’s second album, the follow-up to 2014’s rapturously received No Mythologies To Follow, is on its merry way. Kamikaze is the first domino to drop, premiering on BBC 1 last week and with an accompanying video this week. The production on the track, by none other than Diplo, is stellar, MØ’s serenely sweet pop vocals layered over it to perfection.
The video is utterly wild. Shot in Kiev in the Ukraine, MØ has a day out to remember featuring dirtbikes, dangerously choreographed highway car rides (replete with moving rooftop dancing), fisticuffs, dirt field dance routines and a whole lot of other off-the-beaten-path tourist activities to do in Kiev, we’re sure. It’s a fantastic and feel-good track and video and her sophomore album can’t come sooner.
Freddie Gibbs – Fuckin’ Up The Count
With new album Shadow Of A Doubt set to land on November the 20th, Gary, Indiana native MC Freddie Gibbs has shared the video for lead single Fuckin’ Up The Count ahead of what is sure to be a stellar LP. Produced by a tag team of Boi-1Da and Frank Dukes, the beat is a laid back piano number and accompanies an expressive flow of rhyme from Gibbs.
The video itself is a snapshot of the hard knock life of an African American teenager. The mixture of family life and gang violence is harrowing, reflective of the somber lyrics and sound of the track. It’s pretty clear Gibbs is concerned with the present conditions a great deal of American youths live in, this video draws ever-needed attention to that.