Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
This week we get things started with a new video from Holographic Sands, drawn from their just-released EP on Forged Artifacts, Water Bodies. We've also got new clips from A Piano in Every Home, the Parlour Suite, Greycoats, Hannah Connolly, Christina Sophia, and Dada X Oppi. We're also highlighting some stellar live performances from Sombear, Fury Things, and Minneapolis ex-pat Kevin Steinman from the Norwegian version of The Voice. Enjoy!
Holographic Sands - "Pages"
Minneapolis psych-rock quartet Holographic Sands have just released a new EP on Forged Artifacts called Water Bodies, and this tranquil, outdoorsy video for "Pages" certainly compliments the loose, spacious arrangements of the track itself. The clip, directed by Tyler Torrison with director of photography Marko Zitzer, takes a poignant turn as the group spends one final day with a friend they lost. The video was shot on Lake Minnetonka, the Richardson Nature Center, and other locales in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, providing a nice love letter to autumn as well as those we have lost too soon. Catch Holographic Sands on Saturday, November 23 at the Triple Rock as part of Gloss' EP Release show along with France Camp and Prissy Clerks.
Sombear - "Incredibly Still (Live @ WDBM)"
Now, Now drummer Bradley Hale continue to captivate fans across the country with the intoxicating Sombear material featured on his solo debut, Love You In The Dark. On this live performance on East Lansing's WDBM, Hale is joined by her Now, Now bandmate Jess Abbott, and the duo deliver an ethereal take on one of Sombear's standout tracks, "Incredibly Still." After seemingly bringing his side project's live show everywhere but home, Hale just announced the live local debut of Sombear will be on January 18th at the 7th Street Entry, along with Betty Who and Step Rockets.
Fury Things - Sessions Revealed
Our recent Picked To Clickers Fury Things just released this really cool clip as part of the Sessions Revealed series. The concept is an awesome one, with the band filmed in the studios while a brand new song comes to life over the course of two days. The band learn the song, rehearse it, and play it, all in front of the cameras, with insightful interview segments interspersed throughout the video. The track that the garage-rock trio created is called "Sleeping With Your Ghost," and let's hope the guys release it sometime soon, because it sounds like a good one. Fury Things have also just been added to this week's BNLXFest II at Cause, joining an already stacked Friday night bill with Wiping Out Thousands, Blue Sky Blackout, Gloss, DJ Jake Rudh, and of course the hosts, BNLX.
A Piano In Every Home - "This Old Medicine"
Taj Raj's Jake Pavek has teamed up with his longtime collaborator Travis Erickson to form A Piano In Every Home, and the duo are set to release their debut album, Meridian, on November 26. This gorgeous clip for the album's lovely lead-off track, "This Old Medicine," was shot by the pair on Fuuvi Bee mini cams on their recent travels through Southeast Asia. Hopefully, the group will announce some local shows around the album's release date, because we all need to hear these stirring songs live.
The Parlour Suite - "Pressure"
The Parlour Suite are set to release their forthcoming EP, Pressure, at Icehouse on December 14 (along with special guests Communist Daughter). And this striking Adam J Dunn directed video for the title-track perfectly reflects the polished, electro-pop vibe that producer Grant Cutler injected into the group's recent recording sessions. The pulsating new number is a bit of a sonic shift for the Parlour Suite, but definitely a welcome one, as the song soars effortlessly over the catchy beats and irresistible hooks. If this single is any indication, you'll be hearing a lot more from the Parlour Suite throughout the next year.
Greycoats - "Foshay"
Greycoats simply keep churning out arresting, intriguing videos for their recent record, World Of Tomorrow, and this new clip for "Foshay" is certainly no exception. Braden Lee directed this gorgeous video, with the band drawing inspiration from the Foshay Tower and the triumphant rise and tragic fall of the man who built the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi, Wilbur Foshay. Greycoats are currently in the midst of a November residency at Amsterdam, which continues every Wednesday night throughout the rest of this month.
Kevin Steinman and Tor Kvammen - "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Anyone who reads Gimme Noise on a frequent basis is now familiar with the story of Kevin Steinman, who recently moved from Minneapolis to Norway because U.S. health care proved to be too expensive. Steinman is clearly making his musical mark in his new home, as this clip of him performing a cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" with Tor Kvammen on Norway's version of the Voice attests to. While the performance is somewhat abbreviated for time allotted on TV, the duo give their own spin on the smash hit, with Kevin surely making as many new fans in Norway as he has back home.
Hannah Connolly - "Too Much Too Soon"
Hannah Connolly is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter originally from Eau Claire, who came to the Twin Cities to study at the U of M. After playing and recording with her old band, Cadence, Connolly just celebrated the release of her debut solo EP, Flying, last night at the Bryant Lake Bowl. The spare but affecting video, directed by Mark Spangler, for one of her new songs, "Too Much Too Soon" captures the elegant fragility in Hannah's refined guitar work and resonant voice, one I'm sure we'll be hearing more of as the local scene familiarizes themselves with this burgeoning young talent.
Christina Sophia - "Stay Right Here"
Frequent Mike Dreams collaborator Christina Sophia has just recorded her forthcoming solo album, Self-Entitled, which is set for release after the holidays, and this stark Lights and a Backdrop video from Adam J Dunn captures the smooth, lyrical quality of the emerging R&B singer. This highly evocative number, which was produced by T-Lace, certainly bodes well for Sophia's new album, which should attract plenty of local attention in the upcoming year.
Dada X Oppi - "Crazy World"
Minneapolis producer/vocalist Oppi has teamed up with Chicago MC Dada on a new project appropriately called Dada X Oppi, and the duo have put together a new album documenting their collaborative efforts called New America. The video for one of the tracks from the new record, "Crazy World," was directed by Derrick 'Dada' Pollard and Andrew 'Oppi' Oppeneer, and features scenes from the hardscrabble area of Harvey, Illinois, while also giving a welcome nod to the benevolent efforts of the work being done by Kids Off The Block.
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