Category: Music Videos

Music Video Monday–“Without You” by Oh Wonder

My view of Oh Wonder at the show I went to!

My view of Oh Wonder at the show I went to!

I’ve already written about Oh Wonder on this music blog several times, but since they continue to be so impressive, it seems I will not be able to stop writing about them! From their mysterious identity at their start, to their consistently amazing monthly songs, to their first sold out shows, they have been delivering quality musical experiences.

Me and my friend with Oh Wonder! (my friend is on the left and I'm third)

Me and my friend with Oh Wonder! (my friend is on the left and I’m third)

I actually traveled from Boston to Brooklyn, New York to see Oh Wonder perform two weeks ago and even got to meet them! Their show was upbeat, and as professional as any large show I’ve been to even though it was only their seventh. They even revealed the matching “Heart Hope” tattoos they had gotten the day before in Los Angeles.

Their third music video was just released today and it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing videos I have yet to see! The most fun part is that they filmed it in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the neighborhood where they had their show. They even included some footage of them walking into the very venue I saw them perform in.

“Without You” is probably Oh Wonder’s most cheery, pop-like songs, with a cheery video to go with it. Like the members of Oh Wonder, Josephine and Anthony, did in their music video for their song, “Drive,” they are the actors in the video, playing two characters lost in New York City. My favorite parts of the video are the scenes where they’re in rooms where their shirts match the colors of the wall.

 

 

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of the song and video!

Music Video Monday–“Younger” by Seinabo Sey

I have not posted in months, so here is a quick recap!
-I went to Portland, Seattle, and Chicago all for the first time
-I saw Future Islands
-I slept on a floor in NYC in order to see my friend, the WIG, DJ at the Black Flamingo club
-I hiked a mountain
-I got Lyme disease
-I watched five seasons of NCIS while recovering from Lyme disease
-I saw Gramatik
-I got well from Lyme disease!
-I took my first trip to Philadelphia to celebrate being better
-I went to Brooklyn to see Oh Wonder and ended up sleeping on an airport floor due to a last minute flight booking to see the band

Here I am now, and I’ve been playing this song by Seinabo Sey on repeat. This 25-year old Swedish musical wonder has been on the scene for several years and I am embarrassed to say I only found out about her a few weeks ago. Her fame seems to have me most relegated to Sweden so far, but she is picking up more attention in the states these days (partially due to a recent Taylor Swift shout-out).

It is hard to begin to explain what is awesome about this song and this music video. Her deep gospel-like vocals, paired with the unusual alteration of the word, “younger,” in the chorus mix vintage with modern in a credible way. The video touches on the nostalgia and hopefulness that is mingled in the lyrics. The family and relationships portrayed in the video show the significance of prioritizing those things in life while we’re not “getting any younger, younger younger.”

Good music. Good video. Good message.
Check, check, and check.

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Music Video Monday–Nothing But A Heartbeat by Say Lou Lou

Just when you think that this Monday could only get worse, an awesome music video like this drops and it makes the day just a little bit more livable. I’ve written before about Say Lou Lou, Swedish-Australian identical twins, Miranda and Elektra Kilbey. They just released their new LP, Lucid Dreaming today, along with this gorgeous music video for the single, “Nothing But a Heartbeat.”

Say Lou Lou from blip.tv

Say Lou Lou from blip.tv

Sibling duos are always a musical hit, because their voices and auras blend so well together. Add the fact that these girls share identical DNA, and the resulting music and visuals in this video are ultra-euphoric. The hook to this song is bubbly and catchy, exemplifying their dreampop style. The video contains amazing special effects, full of interdimensional leaps and magic jewelry. Even the dark-light hair and clothing contrasts suggest the concept of negative and positive space balancing each other in a mystical way. The video is very long, over 8 minutes, almost a short film in and of itself. The track for just the song is underneath the video for you to listen to uninterrupted.

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Music Video Monday–“Dancing With Myself” by the Knocks

I almost thought I was going to skip Music Video Monday this week because I could not find a good video, but then I just discovered this one that posted TODAY. So fresh.

I wrote about the Knocks before, their song “Classic.” This new song, “Dancing With Myself,” released recently, which is a very catchy, laid-back, vintage-sounding dance song. Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, New Yorker duo, claim influences such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young. They originally started producing hip-hop, but transitioned into the growing world of electronic music, adding their own throwback feel.

The music video for this track isn’t super flashy, but it aptly fits the mood of the song. The nighttime footage of Chinatown is breathtaking, which mixes in well with the capable dancers in the video setting the vibe.

The Knocks’ songs are the kinds of tracks that are easy to imagine as classics, twenty, thirty, forty years down the road. Hopefully my children will look back and say, “Wow, mommy, it’s so cool you listened to the Knocks when they were a group.” Actually, it’d be cooler if they were performing that long.

The Knocks from wearebigbeat.com

The Knocks from wearebigbeat.com

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Music Video Monday – “#icanteven” by The Neighbourhood

No doubt you’ve heard the Neighbourhood’s catchy anti-beach anthem, “Sweater Weather,” at least a few times. The thinly veiled cynicism expressed in that song is not even masked in their new single, but spills out in a very angsty way in their new single #icanteven. The track was intended to be a completely different type of song, but frontman Jesse Rutherford scrapped the first vocal takes and came into the studio to record a completely different song the day after his girlfriend cheated on him. Morrocan-born rapper, French Montana, joins in the second verse, adding a nod to the empty life of a single man. The song is pure raw emotion, oozing from a freshly broken heart.

The video matches the tone of the song, depicting Rutherford avoiding eye contact with the camera, hiding behind his sunglasses, with a passive aggressive message, “NVR MND,” pinned to his jacket. Contrasted with Rutherford’s evasive, imploding behavior, the female in the video stares brazenly right into the camera in all sorts of provocative and seductive poses. It is a very one-sided breakup story, emphasizing Rutheford’s pain and highlighting his ex-girlfriend’s transgression.

And here is picture of Jesse’s awesome tattoos for your enjoyment.

Jesse Rutherford on weheartit.com

Jesse Rutherford on weheartit.com

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