Local Frames: New videos from Van Stee, Aby Wolf, Gramma's Boyfriend, 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 local 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 22nd installment of Local Frames, featuring 10 recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Van Stee - "We Are (Live from Humans Win! Studio for the Current)"
The dynamic pulse of Van Stee's "We Are" has been captivating local music fans for a while now, and now the local quintet are set to finally release their debut full-length to a Twin Cities music scene that is more than ready for it to arrive. We Are was recorded at the fabled Humans Win! Studios in northeast Minneapolis over the past year, and the group are having a CD-release celebration at Icehouse this Saturday, March 2, along with the supremely talented John Mark Nelson opening. This live clip, shot for the Current, was recorded at the familiar confines of Humans Win!, and captures the intoxicating sound of the full band delivering one of the clear breakout hits of the past few months.
Aby Wolf - "Brave Boy"
Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler just had a successful release show of their own for their brilliant new album, Wolf Lords, this past weekend, and "Brave Boy" is the first official video taken from the record. The clip was directed by Matt Visionquest, and features spacey visuals that form the perfect accompaniment to the song's ethereal, futuristic beats. Wolf's dulcet vocals soar over it all, crafting a bold, enthralling musical statement that continues throughout the entire album, one that should bring the duo plenty of well-deserved attention during the upcoming year and beyond.
Gramma's Boyfriend - "I Have This Feeling/Shuger Crash!"
The Minneapolis supergroup of sorts, Gramma's Boyfriend, have remastered their debut full-length, The Human Eye, and have a big party planned at Icehouse on March 9 to celebrate the long-awaited vinyl release of their initial effort. To promote their upcoming show (and the sparkling new red and blue vinyl pressings of The Human Eye), Gramma's Boyfriend shot a playful video, directed by Torey Bonar and Erin Hael, for two of the album's standouts, "I Have This Feeling" and "Shuger Crash!" The spirited group clearly dove head-first into the festivities, dressing up in humorous costumes along with their friends while creating a lively atmosphere that adds to the jocular nature of the songs themselves.
Sean Anonymous - "Sunny"
Local MC Sean Anonymous just dropped a new video for "Sunny," taken from his debut album, Anonymo. The clip, which was directed by Dave Wilson for Free Weather Films, gives some everyday experiences a colorful, animated twist that complements the game Sean is kicking within the verses of the bouncy number. Sean is hitting the road in March for a brief tour, which brings him back to Minneapolis for a show with Enemy Planes and Ecid at the Triple Rock on March 23.
Typsy Panthre - "Moiré Circles"
Local electro-pop duo Typsy Panthre continue their string of eye-catching videos for their self-titled debut album with "Moiré Circles." The lovely clip was made by vocalist Allison LaBonne, and features the rhythmic, endless cycle of the ocean's pull, and how hypnotizing (and visually arresting) that can be. In these gray, dreary days of winter, the serene glimpses of beaches and waves crashing definitely have an appeal, and they perfectly suit the buoyant quality of the track as well.
Meme - "I Always Knew"
We've already featured the mesmerizing videos for the local synth-pop duo Meme a few times here on Local Frames, but if they keep putting out enthralling clips like this, we're going to continue to share them with you because they need to be seen. This video, for "I Always Knew," features over 2,000 pages of Danny Burke's hand drawn animations, providing a gorgeous visual accompaniment to the lead-off track to Meme's wonderful recent album, Young.
Audio Perm - "Spark One"
The young hip-hop collective, Audio Perm, just dropped a lively new video for their new track "Spark One." The crew is getting ready for their big set at tomorrow night's Are You Local? show, as they try and secure a spot down in Austin for this year's SXSW. This smoked-out video was directed by Kale Eickhof and produced by Taylor Madrigal, and captures the group in a live setting as well as in party mode, and the smooth track should certainly feature in their performance tomorrow night.
Saint Anyway - "Eternal Life"
Saint Anyway are an Americana-folk trio from Cloquet who put out their stirring fourth album, Behemoth, in 2012. This live performance of one of the record's standouts, "Eternal Life," was recorded at Redstar in Duluth, and not only gives a clear example of the genuine appeal of their songs, but also lets fans know what their live show is all about. The group kick off their big Midwestern tour tonight with a free show in Minneapolis at Hell's Kitchen before a flurry of shows throughout March brings them all over Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
M.anifest - "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)"
Minneapolis-by-way-of-Ghana MC M.anifest is back with a new song and video for "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)," a spirited track that spotlights exactly what he misses the most from back home as he travels around the world. Hopefully, this is just a small glimpse of what we can expect in the future from M.anifest, with some more new music surely on the horizon from the truly talented MC.
Astronautalis - "Thomas Jefferson (Let's Get Lyrical Episode 7)"
The rambunctious Astronautalis track "Thomas Jefferson" receives the Let's Get Lyrical treatment in this new video, as the MC's quick flow is given visual representation in the clip. The talents of Sims and Mike Wiebe are also featured in this track, taken from Astro's fantastic 2011 album, This Is Our Science. The MC is currently on the road supporting Why? on a big tour of the U.S., but hopefully he finds some time to begin to get a new record together, including that long-awaited Four Fist collaboration with P.O.S.
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