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 going with the striking new video from Poliça from their highly-anticipated forthcoming full-length, Shulamith. We are also highlighting new clips from WILD!!wing, I.B.E. and Benzilla, Thee Evil Creatures, and Polterghost, featuring a video by a Minneapolis filmmaker using dolls she handmade for the clip. We're also showcasing a batch of videos directed by Adam Dunn for Dessa, Lydia Liza, and a young hip-hop group called LNJAY, as well as an intriguing new video series launched by Mike 2600, and a preview of the forthcoming Lowertown Line special featuring Brother Ali. Enjoy!
Poliça - "Warrior Lord"
As the music world waits for the release of Shulamith, the highly-anticipated second album from Poliça, the group just released another video for a track from the record, the haunting "Warrior Lord." Not only is the clip directed by the formidable local filmmakers Isaac Gale and David Jensen along with the assistance of other area talent, but it stars former Lookbook frontwoman Maggie Morrison. The ethereal, water-laden video only adds to the evocative spirit of the song, with Channy Leaneagh's distorted vocals seemingly floating on the waves themselves.
Dessa - "Skeleton Key (Official Lyric Video)"
Dessa's stellar recent single "Skeleton Key" is given the lyric video treatment by Adam Dunn, which reinforces the moving personal significance of the song itself. The clip gives an arty, theatrical touch to the track, with flourishing fonts clarifying the stark proclamations that Dessa delivers throughout the pulsating number. Dessa and her crew successfully persevered after recently getting their gear stolen on tour, and are set to play a sold-out show tonight in Rochester at the Civic Theatre as part of her lengthy and highly successful Parts of Speech tour.
The Lowertown Line with Brother Ali Promo
The first episode of the Lowertown Line music series featuring Trampled by Turtles was a resounding success, and now the good folks at tpt and MN Original have done it again with an episode featuring the incomparable Brother Ali. This exciting promo clip for the episode, which is set to air on tpt on October 31, gives a glimpse of the performance as well as Ali's informative, engaging interview with Dessa filmed at the Black Dog Coffeshop in St. Paul.
Mike 2600 Presents Episode I: Music Everywhere
This fascinating and informative new series from Mike 2600 captures the DJ delivering one of his high-energy mixes. The clip was shot by Matt Visionquest at CO Exhibitions in Northeast Minneapolis. It's not only a fresh mix by Mike 2600, but also captures the skills of a DJ who still uses two traditional turntables in an increasingly digital world. Plus, you get to hear Fancy Ray blend emphatically into the Beastie Boys which fluidly gives way to Amerie. Music everywhere indeed.
Lydia Liza - "Like I Knew"
Bomba de Luz's Lydia Liza delivers a mesmerizing take on "Like I Knew" in this Adam Dunn directed clip. This striking, graphic video -- which features our trusty photographer Erik Hess as well as our esteemed former music editor Andrea Swensson in the cast along with other local luminaries -- is certainly a bit more expansive and ambitious when compared to the other stark clips in Dunn's Lights and a Backdrop series, but the theatrical scope of the vid really serves the song well, and both the song and the clip itself become unforgettable.
WILD!!wing - "Unleasherizer"
If you like adorable canines and gritty instrumental rock music, then this WILD!!wing video is perfect for you. The band is comprised of the talented locals Aby Wolf, Knife World's Josh Journey-Heinz, Chris Smalley from Tiki Obmar, and Birthday Suits' Matthew Kazama, who combine their collective creative forces to deliver this smoking rock number to an audience made up of cute, curious dogs. The clip was shot by Matt Visionquest and his Playatta! partner Hal Lovemelt, and is just a whole lot of awesome, both musically and visually.
Thee Evil Creatures - "Dead Soldiers"
This ghoulish new video for "Dead Soldiers" from Thee Evil Creatures is perfect in the lead up to Saturday's Zombie Pub Crawl and Halloween. The track is lifted from the Minneapolis quartet's recent EP, Bayonet The Wounded, while the spooky video captures a glimpse of what Saturday night will be like for the zombified folks walking the streets of the Cities.
I.B.E. and Benzilla - "Let Me Ride (Featuring Akrite and Greg Grease)"
This smooth joint from I.B.E. and Benzilla is the fourth single lifted from their recent record, This That and the Third. The track begins with the lyrical stylings of Greg Grease, with Akrite also joining in the old-school summertime mix, with the cookout party vibe of the video enhancing the tranquil spirit of the song itself.
Polterghost - "Ordinary"
This video for "Ordinary" by the UK trio Polterghost was directed by Minneapolis filmmaker Nicole Brending, who handmade the dolls that are featured throughout the clip. Brending is currently working on a feature-length film with dolls here in Minneapolis, and if this evocative, eye-catching video is any indication, the film itself will certainly be a sight to see.
LNJAY - "Make Em Listen"
LNJAY are a young duo comprised of a 14-year old singer and 15-year old rapper that are the burgeoning proteges of Mike Dreams. This sassy and spirited clip captures the group delivering the lively, old-school flair featured on "Make Em Listen," with their collective talents belying their youth. It's always cool to see what the kids of today can do, and how they provide a modern, fresh twist on the music they grew up on, and this animated clip, once again shot by Adam Dunn, suggests that we will be hearing more from LNJAY in the future.
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