Tag Archives: Music Video

Foxygen – San Francisco

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Foxygen are a fresh new band who impressively create retro sounding music that brings to mind 60’s and 70’s folk and rock music. San Francisco is a charming song. Its music and Sam France’s playful lyrics remind me of artists like Belle & Sebastian, Bob Dylan, and The Velvet Underground. The chorus on here is lovely. “I left my love in San Francisco,” sings Sam. Then the female vocalist replies comically, “That’s okay I was bored anyway”. Foxygen’s music is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You

It’s still summer right? Because Melody’s Echo Chamber has a sweet summer jam that’s worth checking out. Melody’s Echo Champer is French singer Melody Prochet. Tampe Impla’s Kevin Parker played guitar for Melody on her self titled debut record. You can hear his phased, psychedelic sound and Melody’s sweet vocals on “I Follow You”. Time to soak up the sun everybody!

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David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who

Okay it’s decided, St. Vincent is officially one of the coolest cats in music. Annie Clark’s persona is just awesome, she’s got a lot of spunk! Now St. Vincent is collaborating with legendary lead singer of The Talking Heads, David Byrne. If you added this up in your head and thought this collaboration might be a little wacky, you’d be right. This music is weird but it’s in a good way. These talented singers and songwriters work together well and each bring strangeness and playfulness to the table. I love the funky horns that are in their first single “Who”. The music video is just as fun and creative as the song is.

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Bat For Lashes – Laura

As I watched the music video for Bat For Lashes’ new single “Laura” and listened to the song I couldn’t help but think of Darren Aronofsky’s beautiful film the “Black Swan”. Dancing is a central part of both the song and the film, and Laura reminds me of a broken character like Nina (the white swan in the film) who is looking for validation and has lost her sense of self worth. Like Nina, Laura is a tortured soul. She is depressed, lonely, famous, and men love her for her body, but it appears that she does not experience true intimacy. Laura feels like she’s been forgotten by her friends but the narrator is offering her words of comfort and love, “Laura, you’re more than a superstar”. Who is this narrator? Is she a good friend? A lover? Or maybe an admirer? We don’t know. Whoever she/he is, she/he is trying to get through to Laura, to save her, but the song leaves us with no clear answers or ending. Of course this is only my thought process and opinion. The beautiful thing about this rich song is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Now let’s talk about the music. “Laura” is a piano driven song. Beautiful horns come in to the mix, adding power and emotion to the song. Everything is executed to perfection. Natasha Khan’s aka Bat For Lashes’ vocals are powerful and beautiful as always. You can feel the pain, heartache, and love of the characters in the song because of Khan’s emotive vocals. Her vocals, along with the lyrics create a vivid story that is hard to forget.

Bat For Lashes’ new record The Haunted Man is out 10/15/12.

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Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

Twin Shadow’s music feels right for a night drive. It’s dark pop music that sounds as if it’s being sung from the shadows. George Lewis Jr aka Twin Shadow seems to be searching for intimacy in his songs but he isn’t quite able to reach it. Although I’m not in love with Twin Shadow’s new record Confess as a whole, there are some good songs on it. “Five Seconds” is one of the best songs on the album. It has good energy and emotional intensity. Bruce Springsteen’s influence can be heard on this song. If you like recent rising artists like The Weekend or Drake who wear their hearts on their sleeves then you’ll probably enjoy Twin Shadow’s music.

 

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Usher – Climax

“Climax” reveals the vulnerable side of Usher to us. It’s a slow jam about a relationship’s end. Usher’s aching vocals and Diplo’s production give us one of the best R&B songs of the year.

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Little Scream – The Lamb

Little Scream is an impressive new artist who makes some beautiful folk music. Go get some coffee or some hot tea and sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Paul Simon – Getting Ready For Christmas Day

Already becoming one of my favorite Christmas songs. Thanks Paul!

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