Cloud Nothings - No Future No Past (2012)
Diretto da John Ryan Manning
Da ATTACK ON MEMORY (2012 Carpark Records)
Toronto-based quartet Young Empires has kicked off a run of North American tour dates behind their forthcoming debut EP, Wake All My Youth, set for a February 21 release. After several stand-out sets at last year’s M for Montreal Festival, SXSW, CMW, and the Juno Awards, the group will perform down the East Coast, returning to Austin for another year at SXSW. [#]
Inventive pop adventurers Django Django unveil their hand-painted, stop-motion animation for infectious upcoming single "Default." Embracing a haphazard aesthetic paying homage to the band's roots at art school in Edinburgh, director Dan Brereton printed out each of the 4,000-plus frames of footage of the group performing, giving drummer, producer and de facto leader David Maclean the task of quickly painting across them as they were re-shot for the animation. “I always wanted to make a music video using colors, collage and my background in painting," explains Maclean. "The song just seemed to be the right one for that." Since surfacing three years ago, the band, completed by singer and guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth operator Tommy Grace, have perfected their polyrhythmic and psychedelically tinged sound, recording their self-titled debut LP, released at the end of the month, entirely in Maclean's bedroom with a mic, a broken snare drum and antiquated synth. Channeling a madcap aesthetic that recalls the quintessentially English daftness of comic troupes The Mighty Boosh and Monty Python, the quartet perform live in tunics, safari gear, or homemade masking tape jumpsuits amid stage sets created by London artist Kim Coleman. Says Maclean: "Whether it's album sleeves, record covers or our costumes, it adds another layer to the music." [#]
Directed by Alberto Rossini, here’s a nice driving video for “Over The Edge”. This track is taken from Johnny Jewel’s and Nat Walker’s (of Chromatics and Desire) “Symmetry – Themes For An Imaginary Film” project. It features 37-tracks of “claustrophobic cinematic bliss” and it was released back in December via Italians Do It Better. “Symmetry” isn’t Jewel’s score for Nicolas Refn’s latest film “Drive”. In case you haven’t heard it yet, stream the entire release here and drive through the night. Excellent release. [#]
Vera Todorova, a young Berlin-based film-maker, was given a wildly ambitious brief: to remake the George Lucas cult sci-fi debut THX1138 for not much more than the cost of a couple of flights to Berlin and back. She rose to the task, amazingly, and delivered a memorably great narrative video that starts like some contemporary newsreel footage of civil disobedience and ends up…well, shan’t spoil it, but “demented, sci-fi mind control” is not a phrase we use often. But we will. And it fits here.
Following last month's "Fever", Stay+ is coming out with another single on RAMP Recordings, "Dandelion," on December 12. This time, the duo of Matt Farthing and Chris Paul, once known as Christian AIDS, aren't alone: they've enlisted Moshi Moshi's Psychologist to lend vocals for the forthcoming 10" release, the result of which is yet another banger on par with their Double Denim-released single "Young Luv". "Dandelion" will also appear on Stay +'s forthcoming EP, which is set for release this February.[#]