Local Frames: New videos from Prissy Clerks, Why?, Ben Kyle, and more
Welcome to the first installment of Local Frames of 2013! 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 this regular segment 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 fourteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Prissy Clerks - "No Sir (Live on Radio K)"
Fresh off their memorable and hilarious appearance on Kare 11, our #9 Picked to Click stars, Prissy Clerks, dropped into the venerable Radio K studios to record a scorching live session. "No Sir" is the centerpiece of their rousing debut full-length, Bruise Or Be Bruised, an album which should bring them plenty of well-deserved attention throughout 2013 and beyond.
Why? - "The Water You Walk"
The lush, bouncy new single from Why?, "The Water You Walk," was directed and produced by Minneapolis director Erika Ochoa, with cinematography by another talented local, Alex Bowes. The striking, expansive clip perfectly suits the sprawling nature of the song, complete with a winter/Christmastime theme that brings the penetrating, searching lyrics of Yoni Wolf to life.
Ben Kyle - "Mercy"
After bringing us into the studio for a series of intimate videos to promote his new album, Ben Kyle now delivers a stirring cinematic clip for "Mercy." It captures the thoughts that go through your head during a long drive, while also poignantly touching on the emotions that cause us to pick up a pen to capture what is racing through our heads. The tender, understated clip was directed by Ryan Newman, and gorgeously highlights one of the best tracks from Kyle's new self-titled album.
The Ericksons - "Where Do You Dwell"
This evocative new video for "Where Do You Dwell," features an intimate look into the studio while sisters Bethany and Jenny draw you in to their intoxicating melody. For anyone who has ever wanted to see what Justin Vernon's April Base recording studio looks like, this behind-the-scenes clip gives you a chance to see where so many great records have been recorded as of late. The Ericksons are going to be celebrating the release of their new album, The Wild, at the Cedar on January 17, with Ben Lester and Shane Leonard from Field Report filling out their live band.
The Best Love is Free 4 Video Series - The Audio Perm Cypher
In anticipation of the release of The Best Love Is Free Vol. 4 compilation and the corresponding live show planned at the Fine Line on February 9, the folks behind the Best Love Is Free will be rolling out a series of videos to promote their cause. The first clip is from the hip-hop collective Audio Perm (who were our #10 Picked To Click artists this year), and finds the crew in a tight cypher over a fresh, banging beat. More clips from other local artists will be coming out as the show and release date approaches, with all videos (including this one) set to be directed by Adam J. Dunn.
Felix - "Away From Here (Featuring Ashley Gold)"
Felix, the talented MC from St. Paul hip-hop stalwarts Heiruspecs, has broken out on his own for a new solo EP called The Slow Cold. "Away From Here" is the first single lifted from the release, and the video for the track (shot and produced by Matt Blizel) has the smooth MC confidently strolling the streets while delivering his spirited verses over a menacing, percussive beat. Vocalist Ashley Gold adds her golden pipes to the song's catchy hook and chorus, giving the emphatic song even more flavor.
Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps - "Eagle's Nest"
This redolent, theatrical new video for "Eagle's Nest," was artfully crafted by Reginald P, and is released just in time to promote Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps' upcoming show at the Cedar on January 10. The clip is a gorgeous compliment to the rich, plaintive number, and features the ornate work of Queen Quills Calligraphy, for those of you who (like me) appreciate that type of artistic flourish. Smith and her band have sold-out First Ave on their own in the past, so this cozy show at the Cedar should prove to be quite an intimate way for their fans to reconnect with the group.
Tony Bones - "The Story Of Moral (Featuring Slug and A.G.)"
Veteran local MC Tony Bones landed some true hip-hop heavyweights to help him out on "The Story Of Moral," with Slug from Atmosphere and A.G. from D.I.T.C. throwing down some smooth verses on the laid-back track. The single is taken from Bones' new album, We Only Live Once, and the clip was directed by Abhinav.
Saint Anyway - "Love and the Winter"
The stark video for Saint Anyway's "Love And The Winter" will look all too familiar for anyone who has done some winter driving in Minnesota. The song is from the Cloquet trio's Americana-drenched 2012 album, Behemoth, and features one of the most mournful but gorgeous harmonica solos of recent memory. Fans of the modern folk movement that is so prevalent in the current music scene should really check Saint Anyway out--they are making some lovely music up north.
Xavier Marquis - "Show Girl"
This NSFW video for "Show Girl" from local MC Xavier Marquis captures in a graphic way how fans look to posses the musicians whose music they take to heart. It's also a commentary on fame, and how obsessed with it parts of our society have become. And while the clip, which was directed by the omnipresent Adam J. Dunn, features a prominent City Pages cameo, it's a bit distracting from the banging track itself. The video culminates with Marquis playing a live set in the Entry before things truly get gruesome, as he goes home with a groupie who has some gory things planned.
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