Today we're featuring artists you haven't seen in a while and genres you haven't seen in decades. There are bands who've been around a while, and those that haven't been around at all. Free downloads, David Lynch and gods posing as artists, or is it the other way around? These are the latest releases from New Zealand and around the world.
Moby - Shot in the Back of the Head (Dir: David Lynch)
Apparently, Moby sent the Mulholland Drive director this song and said he could do whatever he wanted to for the video, so Lynch drew some dark (what else were you expecting?) animations and here we have the first music video for Moby's upcoming album, Wait For Me, coming out on June 30.
More from Moby;
"I started working on the album about a year ago, and the creative impetus behind the record was hearing a David Lynch speech at Bafta, in the UK. David was talking about creativity, and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market pressures, is fine and good.
It seems as if too often an artists or musicians or writers creative output is judged by how well it accommodates the marketplace, and how much market share it commands and how much money it generates.
In making this record I wanted to focus on making something that I loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. As a result it's a quieter and more melodic and more mournful and more personal record than some of the records i've made in the past.
It's also, for better or worse, all homemade, in that I recorded it at home with my friends and drew the artwork with a black sharpie on copy paper"
U2 - Magnificent (Dir: Alex Courtes)
Magnificent is the 77th (!!!) music video from Irish anthem rockers and the second single released from their latest album, No Line on the Horizon. Courtes presents another uninspired motif of the band playing in some backyard and mixing it with the locals by porno-striding through the Morrocan main strip. Insert shots of the crazy religious locals praying to god (possibly Bono, it's hard to tell in this clip) and enormous white drapes being lifted off the skyline due to the bands power-playing and you get this. Nice color grade, mind you.
The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance (Dir: Corin Hardy)
The second commercial release (3rd single) from their most recent album, Invaders Must Die. Warriors Dance samples from "Take Me Away" by Final Cut (you'll recognise the vocal in the chorus) and sounds just a little bit too much like Pendulum (not necessarily good nor bad in this case). A classic stop-motion animation piece from Hardy, this one features cigarette-pack men starting a semi-violent rave in a local closed bar, drinking from bottle caps, smashing up ashtrays with corkscrews and going out in a blaze of glory.
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos (Dir: Sean Pecknold)
"[The]...video imagines a fluid universe filled with triangles, castles and barbershop mustaches. It's a little playful...and a little creepy."
Fleet Foxes are a Seattle based band who describe their sound as "baroque harmonic pop jams." That works for me. Mykonos is the 3rd single from their 2008 EP, Sun Giant.
La Roux - Bulletproof (dir: Kinga Burza)
Following on the theme of kiwis who could do it better, Le Roux is traveling down the same track beaten down by New Zealander Ladyhawke in enjoying this seemingly drawn-out renaissance period of synths, quiffs and shoulder pads.
Bulletproof is a flashback reinvention of the 80s synth future-pop era and the third release from her self titled debut, La Roux, out in stores on June 29.
"For me Bulletproof is just about looking at a situation that’s usually a reoccurring one. It could be to do with anything in your life - whatever you want it to be about. I don’t like being specific about what my tracks are about to me because its not really about that. It serves its purpose for me and once you put it out into the public - it then becomes what anyone wants it to be about.
But it’s just vaguely about, realising there’s a reoccurring situation in your life, something which keeps happening to you or keeps knocking you back. Something that you can’t quite get over. It’s about going to yourself ‘No, I’m not going to do this to myself again because it’s not good for me and I’m going to be bulletproof."
Also, because it is New Zealand Music Month, it wouldn't be right without some New Zealand flavor. Real Groove is offering the latest next generation local artists all on one album entitled Awesome Feelings III for free exclusively at their website. (You have to register to download it)
Finally, here's a video from Dunedin prog/psych/pop/experimental band, Biff Merchants, called Waive the Sales.
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