Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
The video party begins this week with Suzie, the side project of Night Moves' Mark Ritsema. We've also got new clips from Psymun, Bunny Clogs, Tape Tension, Badass Wolf Shirt, Bex Gaunt, Loop Line, and a lyric video from Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL. We're also featuring performance clips from Dessa (with VocalEssence) and Ben Weaver live at Hymie's. Enjoy!
Suzie - "Alone (Featuring Grace Fiddler)"
Night Moves' Mark Ritsema's band Suzie just kicked off a short U.S. tour with a show at the Entry, and shared a video for a new song, "Alone." The reworking of a previous track, "You Ain't Mine," features the contributions of Grace Fiddler. The smoldering number finds Ritsema in a pensive mood, augmented by the saturnine beats of the slow-building track. While the electro-glam of Suzie certainly suits Ritsema quite well (enough to land him at #7 on our recent Picked to Click list), he is most assuredly still part of the Night Moves gang, who should be recording new material sometime this spring. But for now, get lost in the haunting grooves of Suzie and wish for warmer nights.
Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - "ANOTHERLOVE"
While Prince is notorious for quickly removing any unauthorized videos from YouTube (and deleting his entertaining Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts), this official lyric video for his jam with 3RDEYEGIRL, "ANOTHERLOVE," should stick around to keep us all entertained for a while. The track is lifted off of the Purple One's recent album, PLECTRUMELECTRUM (one of two he released in 2014), which he recorded with 3RDEYEGIRL. The neon-drenched, lava-lamp like video features Prince's typically stylized lyrics floating above performance clips of him and his band in full swing.
Psymun - "Talk 2 Me (Featuring Kerry Roy)"
In the midst of setting the music world alight with his rap/R&B supergroup, the Stand4rd, Psymun just dropped a new video for "Talk 2 Me," one of the standout tracks on his recent Pink Label EP. The haunting, Shining-esque clip was directed and edited by local filmmaker Braden Lee, who captures the spirit of the song perfectly with his ghostly game of hide-and-seek in a spacious mansion. Bad Bad Hats' Kerry Roy lends her golden vocals to the track, giving it an evocative spirit that complements the song's vibrant beats.
Dessa with VocalEssence - "The Good Fight"
Doomtree MC/singer Dessa recently stepped out of her creative comfort zone for this captivating collaboration with VocalEssence. The 100-strong choir adds a rich, brilliant depth to Dessa and Andy Thompson's new track (composed specifically for the occasion) "The Good Fight." Dessa and VocalEssence (conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu) also collaborated on a sparkling version of "Skeleton Key" during their Made in Minnesota concert at Orchestra Hall back in October. Dessa has a big 2015 ahead of her, with a full crew Doomtree tour in support of their new album, All Hands, quickly followed by a European solo tour. But before all of that, she is seeing off 2014 in style with a set at International Market Square on New Year's Eve.
Bunny Clogs - "Olive's Olives"
This adorable new MN Original video from Adam Levy's band with his two daughters, Bunny Clogs, is for "Olive's Olives," a track from their debut album, More! More! More! The clip serves as perfect promotion for their forthcoming sophomore album, Whales Can't Whistle, which they will release at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday, January 17. We need more lighthearted fun in the new year -- in both music and the headlines -- and the catchy, blissful pop of Bunny Clogs is the perfect way to bring more unbridled joy into your life.[page]
Bex Gaunt - "Coffee Cup"
Bex Gaunt is the fiddle player for the Grammy Award-winning local musicians the Okee Dokee Brothers as well as Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade. "Coffee Cup" is her brand-new single, and represents a bold, confident musical departure from her debut album, Sea Leave. The track encapsulates "the relief and joy that eventually blossom from the painful pruning of toxic relationships," and finds Gaunt accompanied by the golden vocals of Cierra Hill and Stephanie Dalager, Ashley Hanson, Katie Peterson, and Leu Solomon of the Dusty Porch Sisters. The simple but striking clip was done by Ali Rogers, who brings the spirit of the song to life on screen while complementing the raw emotions of the track itself.
Tape Tension - "On The Line"
Over a four-day Thanksgiving break, Coastal Cabins' Jack Ross recently recorded a series of solo psych-rock songs that he is set to release as Tape Tension. He played drums, guitar, and bass during these home recording sessions (with organ and vocal parts added once he returned to school), and is in the process of mixing everything for an eventual EP that should be out soon. The first sample of this sonic shift in direction is "On the Line," a rollicking garage-rock number that highlights Ross's many musical gifts, as well as his willingness to take chances with his music. As with his previous music videos, this track is augmented by archival film footage that adds a rousing, unsettled quality to the catchy number.
Badass Wolf Shirt - "Waves"
The futurepop Minneapolis musician Badass Wolf Shirt just released a cool video for his new single, "Waves," which has already found a receptive audience. The moody, synth-heavy track is complemented by an equally spaced-out/sinister-looking video that adds to the building texture of the song itself. The awesomely named project is fronted by a talented young musician named Ryan, who is quietly crafting a doomwave sound that is fresh and exciting, and precisely what the local scene needs more of in the upcoming year. After watching this video and digging into his other singles, it's likely that you won't forget the name Badass Wolf Shirt anytime soon.
Ben Weaver - "Rambling Bones (Live at Hymie's)"
The folks at PBR and Hymie's just released another live video in their ongoing series, this time for a solo performance from local singer-songwriter Ben Weaver. The clip captures an achingly beautiful rendition of "Rambling Bones," which was featured on Weaver's recent record, I Would Rather Be A Buffalo, as well as a split 7-inch that he recently released with Charlie Parr. The video was directed by Dan Huiting and edited by Lauren Josephine, who both did camerawork along with Joah Colby. They all managed to let Weaver's song be the sole focus of the video, as this unguarded live performance soars within the welcoming confines of Hymie's Vintage Records.
Loop Line - "Lights On The Tree"
While the hysterics of the holidays are still fresh on everyone's mind, now is the perfect time to share this wickedly bizarre video for Loop Line's "Lights on the Tree." The seasonally themed clip was stylishly directed by Hastings director/producer Michael Kampa, who brings the jaunty track to vivid life with his theatrical (and decidedly strange) clip about what happens when "a man finds his house full of strangely familiar visitors after enduring a head injury on a cold December night." So be careful when you hang/take down your holiday lights this year, because you never know what awaits you if you happen to lose your balance and fall.
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