We’ve been playing this single at mvyradio and it’s really been growing on me as I hear it more and more. There’s a lightness to it that’s perfect for summer. Today I checked out the music video and I’m so glad I did! It’s extremely cute and funny…makes me want to dig deeper into this Austin-based band’s catalog.
Just last week, this LA-based band (with Vineyard roots) released a new video for the track “Hero” off their 2012 album Loma Vista. It’s one of those videos that sucks you in from the first moment until the last…but somehow doesn’t overshadow the gorgeous music. I love the story here and I think it’s beautifully shot…the black & white is a perfect touch:
This band has a few other brilliant music videos too (although these have a much different vibe!):
Family Of The Year
Listen to Loma Vista
Big thanks to S for introducing me to the music of London’s Lyla Foy. She calls herself WALL and she’s recently debuted an EP along with a sweet music video (see below!). There’s a beautiful space in her sound that at times reminds me of Mirah or Lykke Li. Her writing and vocals are compelling and she seems to have a real ear for production…these tracks are pieced together beautifully! Her music video for the EP’s title track is my favorite kind – simple, cute, and strange (watch till the end).
WALL on Facebook
WALL on Tumblr
I haven’t been this entertained by a music video in a really long time. First off, the pacing and vibrant visuals on this video really match the catchy, sing -along vibe of the song. It’s tough to effectively tell a story with a music video without taking too much attention from the song, but this strikes a perfect balance in that sense.
For me, what’s even more striking about this video is the simple story that it tells through clever camera tricks and flashy special effects. The story is one that we can all relate to - the trials and tribulations of a relationship. I think my favorite part might be 1:05 into the video when the girl turns her back on the guy in bed – and he falls into the fiery chasm that opens between them!
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
David Bowie is back and certainly as weird as ever! This creepy music video has stuck with me since I first watched it. Gotta hand it to Bowie, it’s a great concept…here he (and director Floria Sigismondi) reverses the roles of famous people and those who are obsessed with them, highlighting how absurd it all can get. Tilda Swinton is a perfect co-star for Bowie, and overall the video is the perfect mix of unsettling and thought-provoking:
While Willy Mason’s album Carry On is only officially out in the UK, we’ve gotten our hands on it here where Willy’s roots are – on the Vineyard. I suppose this is one of the perks of being a tight-knit, island community! Willy recently released this new music video for one of the tracks on the album, and it’s wonderful to see a familiar setting and familiar faces. “Pickup Truck” was filmed on the island, with Willy’s island friends…
Big thanks to my friend J who showed me this newish British band. The singer has a very different voice… I love this one YouTube comment – “that dude’s voice is so weird and annoying…*presses play for the 14th time in a row”
This band is definitely up my alley, similar in vibe to Local Natives and Nurses.
I must say, this music video is extremely well done. Very dark, but super compelling. Check it out:
“Lover Of the Light”
A friend of mine posted this video today and he wrote — “Remember when they made videos that actually made you think?”
Here Mumford & Sons take their gorgeous song to another level by showing us a compelling character in a beautiful setting and making us feel something.
Mumford & Sons
“Stay Or Go”
Lexie Roth is a young Vineyard musician who moved to New York City a few years ago to pursue her career, but still feels strongly connected to her island home. She wasn’t born on Martha’s Vineyard, but she calls herself a “washashore transplant”, and I think anyone who spends part of their life on this island can easily become enchanted by it. Hell, it takes just one visit for some folks to fall in love with the beauty of this special place.
Island or not, it’s difficult to leave home, not to mention figure out what home really means. And Lexie explores that in her latest single “Stay Or Go”, touching upon an incredibly universal experience that most people her age can relate to:
“The song is really about the frantic restlessness of being in your early twenties and feeling constantly compelled to seek or forge an identity and a life. It’s about the struggle of being just one person wanting to experience, see, taste, meet, be everything and everyone at once”
“Into The Remembering Sun”
This Massachusetts-based band has really honed in on a sound that’s extremely listener friendly while still being true to their jam/rock style. Let’s face it, it takes years of hard work and LOTS of live gigs to get anywhere as a band these days…and even then, you could have to throw in the towel and focus on what’s more practical to earn a living. Well, I hope these guys hang in and keep on pushing, because to me, they’ve broken through to a more accessible, mainstream sound without losing their true identity. And I’m not the only fan! These guys are getting attention all over for their latest THREE albums… and I think singles like “When Darkness Comes” and this one are sure to keep them in the spotlight: