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:
Sunflower Bean – Wall Watcher
A short sharp one to kick things off, with a rapid-fire garage noise cut from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean in Wall Watcher. Shot in Tarantino-esque grainy fashion and using techniques like stop motion to accentuate the jackhammer, Black Sabbath-y style guitars of the song, which juxtapose incredibly nicely with frontwoman Julia’s honey-sweet vocals. She spends the clip having her face smeared in lipstick and shooting paintballs at a mirror on a wall full of clocks, so make of that what you will, either way, clip and song are fun as all fuck.
Their debut LP Human Ceremony is on its way February 5th next year, the hype looks very very real.
Elliphant – North Star (Bloody Christmas)
‘Tis the season and all of that, and right around the time everyone’s ears are assaulted by Christmas carols of the worst and jingliest variety. Railing against that though is Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant, who is celebrating the silly season by releasing a Christmas carol and an accompanying video of her own, the fantastically-monikered North Star (Bloody Christmas).
A haunting piano melody and a sweetly sung chorus that goes ‘Bloody Christmas/Fucking Christmas’? A music video featuring a debaucherous solo night on the town with karaoke, seedy cab rides and walking a length of tinsel around the street? I may have found one of my most kindred spirits here in Elliphant, maybe the best Christmas carol you’ll hear all season!
BLØSH – Give It Away
Sticking in Scandinavia for this next one, although this time just down the road in picturesque Oslo, is the latest single from electro-pop twosome BLØSH, Give It Away. It follows up the wildly successful release of their debut single Can’t Afford To Lose You and debut EP Keep Your Tongue.
It’s a fun and funky little three minute slice of goodness, full of bright and jangly guitars and the gorgeous reverberating vocals of frontlady Teresa. The clip is a vibrant look at the vastly different day-to-day lives of three different fans of the group. Pastel colours are splashed everywhere in this throwback 80s video that complements their cheery sound perfectly.
Halcyon Drive – Reset
Melbourne trio Halcyon Drive follow the daily adventures of Rocko’s Wake Up Services in the video for their brand new single Reset. Rocko, if you’re wondering, is a costumed monkey who runs around (sometimes on a hoverboard) waking people up in different and inventive ways for $20 a pop. Of course he sometimes uses cymbals. Unfortunately business falters and competitors swoop in like vultures, leading to all kinds of monkey debauchery and fisticuffs. It’s a cool little story to go along with a relentlessly hard rocking track.
B Wise – Lately
Having just arrived home and hosed from supporting American rap juggernaut Yelawolf on his Love Story tour around Australia as well as taking out the Unearthed competition for a slot at Listen Out , Sydney MC B Wise this week dropped the follow-up to his much hyped first single Prince Akeem with a video to boot. An eclectic melody and some wicked trap beats behind him, B Wise lays down his rhymes with the aplomb you would expect of someone with this many accolades this early. The clip follows him around the streets of his hometown Sydney, eventually ending spectacularly by the sea at sunset.
Catch B Wise for the last time before he heads into what should be an even bigger 2016 on Boxing Day at Sydney’s Soul In The Square.
Pusha T – Crutches, Crosses, Caskets
King Push, President Pusha, whatever title you want to give one of the hottest young rappers in the game, is keeping the singles flowing thick and fast in the lead up to his next album King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude. This week he’s let loose the video for his latest single, the Puff Daddy-helmed Crutches, Crosses, Caskets.
The video above is as eery and creepy as the song’s title, following Pusha T as he rides the merry-go-round from hell featuring smoking nuns, horses wearing gas masks and dingy lighting. The backbeat showcases some silky smooth laidback production from Puff, meshing explosively with Pusha’s measured yet uncompromising delivery. Just kick back and enjoy King Push’s coronation as this album drops today.
Wavves – My Head Hurts
And finally we have the brand new video from San Diego legends Wavves for their supercharged surf punk single My Head Hurts, a track that has torn apart the airwaves since it landed back in August. The clip is a frenetic video tour diary from their recent Northern Hemisphere jaunt in support of their outstanding latest album V. It is the absolute perfect trailer to get you amped up to 11 for the boys upcoming tour of Australia, including stops at all three locations for the New Year’s Falls Festival as well as their own headlining sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Your head is going to hurt if you somehow miss this, of that I’m sure.