Do you know how many new clips came out in just the last two days? So dang many that we’re doing a round-up so as you can bask in them all in one place, during your unproductive but spiritually nourishing Friday.
There’s new stuff from Thundercat, Body Type, John Maus, Julien Baker, Obey the Brave, Totally Mild, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Belligerents, City Calm Down and Porches. And y’know what? They’re all belters.
Thundercat, Show You the Way
From Grammy-winning bassist and producer Thundercat comes Show You the Way, the lead single from his newest album Drunk (which we loved). The track features Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, who also cameo in the below vid, directed by Katarzyna Sawicka and Carlos Lopez Estrada. The filmmakers said: “We got the track from Thundercat and quickly realised that we had a unique opportunity to continue the story that we had started with Them Changes. We ended that video on a fairly grim note but Show You the Way offered a bright and contrasting soundtrack for a sequel of redemption.”
Drunk is out now via Brainfeeder/Inertia.
Body Type, Silver
BIGSOUND stand-outs Body Type have released the clip for Silver, shot in the band’s Newtown garage over a strict 12-hour time limit and directed by their mates Tim and Ollie from Hope Street Productions. The band say of the dreamy clip: “We were inspired by the classic/cringe, smoke and mirrors studio setups of the’ 80s and ’90s. Silver is a song of time and change – what we choose to conceal and reveal also subtly marks our own progression as a band, exchanging wigs for fake eyelashes and a car exhaust for dry ice.”
John Maus, Teenage Witch
John Maus’ Screen Memories is just a couple weeks away; the revered Minnesotan singer-songwriter has just dropped the video for second single Teenage Witch. It includes footage of the musician as a cute li’l teenager.
Screen Memories is out October 27 via Ribbon Music/Domino.
Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights
Wunderkind Julien Baker has released the second video from her forthcoming album, to accompany its achingly beautiful title track. We threw her some questions about the record, and she told us of its lack of percussion: “I knew going into the studio that I wanted to maintain the same sparseness as the last record, while still trying to explore more dynamics and experiment with new instrumentation.” Keep an eye out for the full Q&A.
Turn Out the Lights is out October 27 via Matador/Remote Control.
Obey the Brave, Mad Season
Visceral metalcore five-piece Obey the Brave have also gifted us a title track clip: Mad Season, which comes from their June 2017 release. The Canadians say of the video: “Shot this music video during our last European tour. Watched it for the first time this morning and instantly started missing tour.”
Mad Season is out now via Epitaph.
Totally Mild, Today Tonight
Here’s the newest video from bliss-pop quartet Totally Mild. It’s glorious, and now I want a red taffeta dress. Singer Elizabeth Mitchell says of the track: “Written during a period of unemployment, Today Tonight is quite literally me passing the days waiting for my girlfriend to come home from work. Sinking into the kind of depression that comes from doing nothing when you have the time to do whatever you want, the guilt of unproductivity. The house becomes a trap, you’re not interesting enough to leave it anyway.”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Holy Mountain
Oh, did you forget about the other Gallagher after Liam’s hilarious AMA? Here’s a trippy clip for the first single from Noel ‘n’ his High Flying Birds’ upcoming album Who Built the Moon?, titled Holy Mountain. Gallagher says of the track (which features Paul Weller playing organ): “It was one of the first things David and I did on the first week of working together. I knew instantly that it was going to be the first single. There’s so much joy in it. Until the day I die, it will be one of my favourite pieces of music that I’ve ever written. It sounds great live. My kids love it, my friends’ kids all love it and I am sure ‘the kids’ will love it.”
Who Built the Moon? is out November 24 via Sour Mash/Caroline.
The Belligerents, Science Fiction
Talented silly sausages The Belligerents have revealed the video for the title track from their recent debut, Science Fiction (of which Our Jeff wrote: “The Brisbane band have delivered a wonderfully kooky collection, where you never know what’s coming next.”) On the making of the video, frontman Lewis Stephenson says: “We filmed this in Melbourne a few weeks back across a few humid, wet days. It was real hot in that space suit. I had never acted before and so I was pretty nervous, but after doing it for the first few hours I got used to it and the shakes stopped.”
Science Fiction is out now via Sony.
City Calm Down, Blame
We’re on our seat’s edge waiting to hear info about I OH YOU icons City Calm Down’s follow-up to In a Restless House (2015); the the alt-pop four-piece have released the gorgeous clip for Blame, filmed by director Sam Kristofski, who says: “Shot in Las Vegas on anamorphic 35mm film, the idea is based around the word ‘blame’. When two people blame each other you never really get a resolve.”
And finally, the brilliant Aaron Maine (Porches) has popped up with this brand new track titled Country, which features Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and Bryndon Cook (general talent-about-town, writer for Solange) on back-up vocals. The clip was shot in upstate New York, where Maine grew up. He also wrote a little note to go with the song:
i am happy to share this new song with you
it’s the last song i wrote for my new album
in the context of the record it acts as a departure as well as an arrival
here is a poem i wrote about what the song means
Like flopping onto bed after first kiss high school
I left her apartment and made sure to keep the sleep on me all the way home
Rolled down the window across the bridge
And filled up my lungs
She told me about this saying about breaking the water to get somewhere
and i imagined what it would be like to swim together
I felt soft and dumb like a country song