Everyone should remember Christina Vantzou’s gorgeous Nº. 1 on Kranky last year. And if for some reason you passed over it, let me be the last to tell you that it’s fantastic. She’s one half of The Dead Texan, the other half of whom is Adam Wiltzie, one of the dudes from Stars Of The Lid. Nº. 1 is the Kranky release that got overshadowed by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, another Wiltzie duo, this time with Dustin O’Halloran. But all of this is just precursor, and only for those of you who are unaware, which I hope is few and far between.
So in addition to but separate from the Nº. 1 release on Kranky, Vantzou put out on her own a film accompaniment to the album and a slew of remixes of tracks from Nº. 1. The contributors to the remix project are an insanely awesome bunch: Koen Holtkamp, Loscil, Ben Vida, Dustin O’Halloran, White Rainbow, Robert Lippok, Ernest Gibson III, Montgomery Knott, Isan, and there’s even a new Dead Texan track at the end. All of their takes on Vantzou’s subtleties are just as grand and wonderful as Nº. 1.
And the movie is stunning (trailer is below). It’s 47 minutes, running parallel to the record, although it’s broken up into chapters that don’t necessarily coincide with songs. There’s a golden beauty to it, with lots of found footage manipulated to meet Vantzou’s high standards of quality, taking everything from large crowds to intimate portraits, expansive mountain ranges to solitary swaying trees, and adding a layer of flickering patina to make it all shine. There’s an especially peaceful segment of planes flying through the clouds, as shot from another nearby plane. Truly stunning.
The movie is only available physically through Vantzou’s site and it comes with the remixes. Or you could just knab the remixes digitally and forgo the exceptional video experience. Your choice. But I will judge you if you ignore the movie.
A new Watson album titled Interstices just dropped on basic_sounds today, making it the netlabel’s first full length release! And supplementing the album’s release is this super stylin video for the first track “Adsidua.” Nice glitchy ambient techno stuff, full of organic water sounds and solid beats, and the video matches it perfectly, digital geometry laid over & interacting with the analog atmosphere. Excellent eye candy and a free full length’s worth of killer tunes. Quite a way to kick off the best month of the year (the month in which yours truly arrived on the scene).
The debut Drainolith music video directed by Angie Meng. Stark, barren, and bleak landscapes, the camera sucked in on a few shots and just wavers there like a drunkard as Drainolith repeats “Lasalle walks out” like the creepiest motherfucker ever. Weird shit. Appropriately on tour with Nate Young right now. Dates up on the Deathbomb Arc page.
A new album by Glaswegian Talkingmakesnosense came out a couple weeks ago on Rural Colours but this video for the title track has already been around a while. Guy likes to plan ahead, I guess. Judging by this piece, though, Coruscates is gonna be a fuckin stunner.
The video is an astounding kaleidoscopic piece of brilliance, “inspired by the light phosphenes that you experience when your eyes are closed.” I see some cool stuff when I close my eyes… but nothing like this. Is there any way to fix that? Science?
The coolest part of this is that “the entire video was created by filming and affecting light reflections from the river Clyde.” It’s like watching a melting snowflake slideshow set to a glowing Mountainsy ambience. It’s beautiful visually & aurally, and it’s almost 12 minutes long so grab a chair.
Look out! Blazin hott collab comin your way. Brad Rose of thee mighty Digitalis, as well as Altar Eagle, The North Sea, Charlatan, and numerous other projects, has, yes, another project, this time with Rachel Evans of Quiet Evenings and the woozily harmonic Motion Sickness Of Time Travel. They’re calling themselves Aerial Jungle and they’re doing the drum beats n hazey fluttery drone pop thing with an upcoming tape Tales Of Acoustic Levitation on No Kings. “A Monsoon In Waves” takes decrepit muted colored black & white VHS footage and layers the fuck out of it, all done by Ms. Evans herself.
New absolutely gorgeous Mountains video for “Blue Lanterns On East Oxford” shot by Koen Holtkamp himself. It starts out with some puffy sped up/slow-mo clouds, then goes to a dazzling display of abstracted water that fits the twinkling synths perfectly, then fades back to some symmetrical clouds AND OMFG IT’S MANDELBROTTT <3
Stunned is putting out a split tape with High Aura’d (Boston bliss guitar droner) & André Foisy (half of Locrian) and it’s super fucking awesome. Until a) I get a review posted or b) the tape comes out, you can wet your lips with this excerpt of “Dusk Latitudes,” High Aura’d's side of the magical burner.
NEW GILES COREY SONG!! That’s all you need to know. Unless you need to know more, in which case…
Giles Corey is Dan Barrett, proprietor of Enemies List and Have A Nice Life wizard, he brings some olde dusty gloom, and in the case of “A Sleeping Heart,” he does so with a lone guitar and depressive as fuck vocals. The video goes back and forth between a bitchin retro car and Dan spilling his guts in a racquet ball court. It’s directed by Justin Donais, the same dude who made the HANL Live At The Stone DVD. The song comes from his upcoming full length debut, which is obviously one of the releases that you should be be as pumped as possible for this year.
The awesome blog-bros over at Tome To The Weather Machine have successfully triumphed where I have failed in scouting out the under the radar weirdo music videos. The have won so hard that out of only three main sections, one of them is Videodrones (the other two are reviews & features). I have no idea where they find them, but Videodrones has pretty much been my go-to source when I’m looking to watch some rad vids that aren’t straight off of P4K. Do yourself a favor and check out some of the hot shit they’ve been posting lately, like this killer video for Salamander’s “Creatura.”
My buddy Crawford from Tome To The Weather Machine sent me over the newest video his band Vitamins put out. “No Notion Of Anything Only Whatever Is What” is a nice shoegazin kraut psych pop track with lots of room for partying. High stakes ice skating videos chopped & layered, triple axels blowin the roof off the place. The end is fuckin teaser of the year.
Robocopodenieve makes music out of Buenos Aires full of beautiful ambient loops that glitch out in glorious ways. The video for “Siamellizas” has a pair of vintage girls connected at the hair who have a lonely life in the woods where they make failed attempts at having tea parties with each other. So sad. The track can be found on their split tape with Los Sueños on the newly formed & totally awesome Argentinian tape label, Spit On BPM.
The ever busy dudes in Eternal Tapestry put together a video for “Galactic Derelict” off their new album, Beyond the 4th Door, out in March on Thrill Jockey. Lots of noodlin & groovin heavy space psych set to straaange old sci-fi movies, the video having just as many layers as the music. The best part is when the caped space adventurer is flying through space and he checks his watch because, y’know, he’s gonna be late to Neptune.
HotKid sound like a combo of two of my favorite defunct bands, DFA79 & Sleater-Kinney, so clearly they fucking ROCK. The video for “Yours & Mine” is a crazy spazz dance off with a bazillion cuts & epileptic neon lightning, people of young & old showing off their best moves. It’s damn near impossible to not instantly jump up on your seat and party hard as soon as it kicks in. Plus, they’re Canadian.
Nick “Pogo” Bertke has some lofty goals that would produce some seriously amazing results if he’s able to follow through. Deeply inspired by films like the Qatsi trilogy and Baraka, he wants to travel the world to record sounds & video from every major culture, creating a song song & video for each like “Joburg Jam” below, culminating in a CD & DVD release. Clearly, that’s going to take a shitton of money, so he’s got a Kickstarter going.
His style is something along the lines of Secret Mommy and a poppier, more song-oriented version of Sam Hamilton’s The Sound Of The Free Trade Zones. Super awesome stuff. I really hope he gets the whole project funded! The first stop is Tibet, where he wants to record monks chanting and singing bowl meditation and all sorts of amazing shit.
I was a big fan of Under Byen’sSamme Stof Som Stof, then I kinda stopped paying attention to them for some reason. This new song/video for “Unoder” has definitely got me itchin to pick up their newest album Alt Er Tabt for some more… whatever it is they do. Which is way weirder than I remember. The video is some crazy ass haunted mythical spiritual ritual shit, like Fever Ray + Caligula + Alejandro Jodorowsky. If that’s not a recipe for awesome, I need a new cookbook.