Monday, May 22, 2017
Animated by Wobbly Lobster, check out the video by Australian duo - singer-songwriter Jacob Pearson and multi-instrumentalist / producer Jonathan Bowden - PLGRMS for their single 'Dream You Up'.
Showing a darker, more brooding sound compared to previous singles, 'Dream You Up' stands up to its name, both in its sound and lyrics. Jonathan’s skittering electronic production marries together seamlessly with singer Jacob’s warm vocals.
"We’ve always been really keen to do an animated video," say the pair. "‘Dream You Up’ seemed the perfect song to do it. Working with Stephen Smith (of Wobblylobster in the UK) has been great. He has really captured the mood of the song visually, taking the viewer on an abstract journey where make-believe is reality."
A song that appears to be about exploring dreams, travelling through various conscious states and frames of mind, ‘Dream You Up’ marks an impressive return for the duo.
Brighton’s sonic rockers Demob Happy share the video for ‘Dead Dreamers’, their Tom Dalgety-produced new single, out now via Atlantic Records imprint Taste And Tone.
Speaking about the clip, directed by Old Swiss and featuring the band in puppet form, frontman Matt Marcantonio says: “It’s the fruit of a long weekend and three spare puppets to mess with. We grew up watching Jim Henson films like The Dark Crystal, that was our childhood, and it’s the sort of idea you conjure up but never think you’ll do. Then we ended up with these spare puppets and we couldn’t afford actors so we got all our friends together and made it over a lost weekend. We just fucked around till we got something good.”
Live dates (with Gang Of Youths)
25 Manchester, Sound Control
28 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
30 Brighton, Green Door Store
31 London, Camden Assembly
Filmed in Los Angeles last year,
Chromatics pay tribute to David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' with 'Shadow' which they were seen performing in the premiere of Twin Peaks revival on Saturday night (May 20) at the show’s fictional Bang Bang Club.
Check out the new version of the track - first released in 2015 - in the Rene & Radka directed video above where the band play the song in Twin Peaks’ Red Room.
Words: Sam Geary
New from Brighton’s FUR is the just released yesterday (May 21) single ‘Trying’.
Vocalist Will Murray's dry tones complement the twanging guitar sound that could almost have come from the 60s pop heyday, with an infectious melody in this follow-up to last year's 'Eyes'.
FUR play Liverpool Sound City on May 25.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Earl Grey', released through Moshi Moshi Records on August 4, North London's Girl Ray offer their Alex Cantouris-directed film for track ‘Preacher’.
The period drama take on the bittersweet love story theme with Poppy Hankin’s - whose mum is featured in the video - vocals float over piano and violin melodies.
The band's Iris McConnell said of the video: “It follows the story of a lowly servant (played by professional actor Michael O’ Malley) who succumbs to his deepest desires, losing everything in the process. Get out ur Kleenex! We didn’t intend for it to be this moving, our apologies. Nettles of the Parish 2 also stars heartthrob Alex Parish, who some of you may remember, and Dame Jane Hankin.”
Girl Ray play a sold out Lexington, London on May 23. After a round of summer festivals they return for a headline show at Scala on November 9.
Having just played The Great Escape this weekend, Indian dreampop duo Parekh & Singh - Nishcay Parekh (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synths) and Jivraj Singh (drums, drum machines, effects) - share their new video for single 'Ghost'.
Directed by Misha Ghose (who also worked on the band's previous video for 'I Love You Baby', I Love You Doll'), the band's latest offering continues in the vein of its predecessor, painting a bright and colourful picture of their native country.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the video the band explain:
"We wanted to tell a story with this one. We were interested in more narrative than our last video, but still balancing it with the visuals that we really want to showcase to the world. The song itself is about loss and longing, so we went for some juxtaposition in the visual language".
Parekh & Singh play London's Courtyard Theatre on May 23.