Local Frames: New videos from Cloud Cult, the Ocean Blue, Enemy Planes, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our twenty-first installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
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Cloud Cult - "Good Friend"
The beloved Minneapolis group Cloud Cult are returning with a new album, Love, after a three-year break, and "Good Friend" is the uplifting lead single from the record, which is due out on March 5. The playful video for the track, which was directed by John Burgess, a longtime friend of the band, has a bit of a Where The Wild Thing Are-like look to it, which only compliments the searching, affectionate nature of the song itself. The band is soon to embark on a U.S. tour in support of Love, which is set to bring them to First Avenue for two shows on April 27-28th. The first night is sold-out already, so if you'd like to catch a hometown Cloud Cult show, you should get tickets to the second night quickly.
The Ocean Blue - "Blow My Mind"
After taking part in the highly entertaining Korda Records Showcase back in January, the Ocean Blue are now setting their sights on releasing their new album, Ultramarine, on March 19. The revered indie dream-pop darlings are finally back after a lengthy hiatus, and the plaintive "Blow My Mind" is the first video drawn from their long-awaited forthcoming album, which is set to be released on Korda Records. The clip was directed by one of the label's co-founders, Allison LaBonne, and provides a glimpse of the endearing beauty of autumn in Minneapolis, wistful images which are only enhanced by the diaphanous melody and feeling of the number itself.
Enemy Planes - "We Want Blood"
Enemy Planes formed out of the ashes of the acclaimed Minneapolis indie rock quartet, Pictures Of Then, and are set to release their debut album, Beta Lowdown, sometime in early 2013. The first taste from the new record is a dynamic one, as the hypnotic pulse of "We Want Blood" is a promising teaser of what is to come from the band. The video, directed by the distinguished Tobias Strech (Radiohead, Efterklang, Post War Years) is a striking, somber glimpse of the devastating destruction levied by hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The clip was shot in Coney Island in the direct aftermath of the storm, and it provides haunting visuals that serve to enhance the desperation of the highly evocative song itself.
Carroll - "Billionaire"
The burgeoning Minneapolis quartet Carroll have had a great start to 2013. In addition to releasing their debut EP, Needs, the group has also just been picked as a 2013 Are You Local? finalist, which could bring them all the way to Austin for SXSW. To build on that swelling momentum, Carroll just released a new video for "Billionaire," one of the clear standouts of their EP. The vibrant, synth-driven number is given a splashy but artfully restrained video courtesy of director Sean Leonard and cinematographer Dominec Barbero, highlighting the delicate balance we all have between our public and private personas.
Aby Wolf - "Stay Right There (Live on the Current)"
Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler have forged a flourishing musical partnership, the enthralling results of which are on full display on their forthcoming collaborative album, Wolf Lords. While their project (which used to also be known as Wolf Lords) is set to be released under Aby Wolf's name alone for the sake of clarity, make no mistake, these are the sounds of two creative individuals who are intent on bringing out the best in each other. This intimate performance of one of the bold standouts on the new album, "Stay Right There," was shot by Joe Johnson, and recorded in Cutler's living room for the Current. The clip captures the ethereal, entrancing quality of the track, which is guided to the heavens by Wolf's soaring vocals over Cutler's moody electronic tones. This is bound to be a big year for the duo, beginning with their record release show at the Entry on Saturday night, one that won't find them playing in their living rooms for much longer at all.
Niki Becker - "Can't Even Tell"
Minneapolis singer/songwriter Niki Becker has just released an indelible new video for "Can't Even Tell." The jaunty, acoustic/electric-guitar driven number comes from her lovely 2012 album, Sea Salt, while the animated black & white clip was done by the illustrious local artist, Rev K. The clever, whimsical video provides an elegant visual accompaniment to the track while also highlighting Becker's sportive lyrics.
Ashley DuBose - "I Want A Love (Featuring Mike Dreams)"
The soulful singer Ashley DuBose released her stylish debut album, Something More, back in May, and this is a remixed version of "I Want A Love," one of the standouts on the record. It features a couple fresh verses from the talented Brooklyn Center MC, Mike Dreams, and is the third single drawn from DuBose's album. The lovely video, which shows couples experiencing many of the places and events that make Minneapolis so special, was directed by Ben Hughes, and really compliments the track's moving, uplifting R&B vibe.
Kevin Bowe + the Okemah Prophets - "Never Don't Stay (Live on MN Original)"
The distinguished Minneapolis singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin Bowe brought his trusty Okemah Prophets into the Terrarium studios to record this rollicking version of "Never Don't Stay" for a new MN Original session. The band is joined for this performance by the Jayhawks' Tim O'Reagan, who adds his distinct 12-string guitar work to the track's churning melody. If this spirited performance grabs your attention, you can catch Bowe and his band live tonight at Lee's Liquor Lounge along with Jillian Rae and Scott Walker.
Hopkins High School Spotlight Concert featuring Chris Koza
Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza has a truly unique event planned for this Friday night, as he will be performing alongside the Hopkins High School Orchestra as part of the school's ongoing Orchestra Spotlight Series. Koza has rearranged his material in collaboration with the orchestra in what will surely be a special night for both Chris and the young high school musicians. This promo video for the performance shows some behind-the-scenes glimpses into what Koza and the orchestra have been working on together for the big show, which is rumored to include a cover of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android." Tickets as well as additional information about the event is available here.
Mixed Blood Majority - "Hallucination Music (Live on Radio K)"
The local supergroup Mixed Blood Majority (featuring Crescent Moon, Joe Horton, and Lazerbeak) recently dropped by the Radio K studios for an impassioned, lively session featuring some cuts from their debut record, including this rousing take on "Hallucination Music." Over Beak's fresh, booming beats, both Horton and Crescent Moon deliver their percipient lyrics as the slow-burning performance only builds in momentum. If you like this Radio K session, and the many others that we've featured on Local Frames, you should consider donating to the college station's ongoing fund drive.
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