Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
We start things off this week with Trampled By Turtles performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. We're also featuring a great collection of new music videos from Tiny Deaths, Alpha Consumer, Dem Atlas, the Parlour Suite, Paul Spring, Jack Campbell, John Kargol, Patch, and a spirited in studio performance by ACTN. Enjoy!
Trampled By Turtles - "Are You Behind the Shining Star (Live on Letterman)"
To celebrate/promote the release of their new album, Wild Animals, Duluth's Trampled By Turtles stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman for this sprightly performance of "Are You Behind the Shining Star." The bluegrass group was joined by the producer of their new record, Low's Alan Sparhawk, who added a lively tambourine beat and plenty of proud smiles to the performance. Following this high-profile national television appearance, TbT hit the road for some shows in support of their fantastic new album, including some big festivals out east and in Canada, before returning back to Minnesota for their own curated Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, where they will be joined by Low, the Head and the Heart, Charles Bradley, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Field Report, and others for what surely will be a celebratory September day.
Tiny Deaths - "Ocean"
We recently featured an interview with Claire de Lune about her new project with Grant Cutler called Tiny Deaths. And now the group has released an official video for their enchanting lead single, "Ocean." The clip was directed by Nicholas Larkins Perez, and it takes a suitably dark, moody vibe which perfectly matches the textured atmospherics of the song. Tiny Deaths are set to release their debut EP sometime soon, and until then you can catch the band live at First Avenue as part of Sound Verite's stacked New Space bill with Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, Manny Phesto, and Doomtree's Ander Other.
Alpha Consumer - "Miss Positron"
Alpha Consumer's wild new album, Meat, was named one of our favorite local releases of the year so far, and now the talented trio has just released their first official video from the record, "Miss Positron." The clip was directed by Matt Bardins/Visionquest.tv, and features a kaleidoscopic blend of colorful lights along with a close-quarters performance from the band and spirited dancing by B-girl MonaLisa, Maddie Fresh, and Richard Tatge. Hell, even Mark Mallman shows up briefly to join in the fun. A cool video for a great jam from one of the best bands in town.
Dem Atlas - "Lucille"
Dem Atlas is still in the process of readying his debut album for Rhymesayers, but the talented MC isn't done highlighting his stellar work on the Charle Brwn EP. This video for "Lucille" shines a spotlight on one of that collection's many standout tracks, and the clip has the old-school vibe of classic hip-hop videos that were conveniently shot out on the front stoop. The video was directed by Morningside Films, who tap into the spirited nature of the track while also keeping it laid back. Dem Atlas is set to hit the road in support of Atmosphere and Prof next month on a series of high profile shows that should bring his lyrical talents to a wider audience. You can catch that North Of Hell tour at First Avenue on August 22.
The Parlour Suite - "The New Midnight"
While the Parlour Suite decamped to L.A. recently, they are still a Minneapolis band at heart, and their Grant Cutler-produced new album, Vibes, is another standout local release in a year already chock full of stellar releases. This new lyric video for "The New Midnight" is suitably shot in the dark of night, with the moody glow of the neon-drenched Los Angeles' city lights augmenting the track's ethereal beat and dark undertones. The clip was directed and edited by Joshua Caro, who does a stylish job bringing the passionate sentiments of the song to life, while also getting the lyrics to add to the visual story which unfolds like an elegant, subtitled foreign film.
Paul Spring - "Conversation of Mass"
Paul Spring is a singer/songwriter from St. Cloud, and this wintry new video is for "Conversation of Mass," a lovely track from his 2013 album, State of the Union. The stylish, cinematic clip was directed and edited by Catherine Orchard, who has done videos in the past for musical luminaries like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. She brings a chilly edge to Spring's tender song with a video filled with stark, glacial images that anyone who has survived a Minnesota winter will be all too familiar with. Spring's evocative number touches on both faith and friendship, and where we can find the answers we seek, and the moving video only compliments those concerns.
John Kargol - "Evening in Decline"
St. Paul singer/songwriter John Kargol just released a new single, "Evening in Decline," earlier this month, and has now released a video for the redolent number. The video was written and directed by Matt Eckholm, who also helped write the song with Kargol. The clip gives a modern update to the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony," with Kargol strolling the streets while checking for texts on his phone, before things get a bit intense at a bar. There is plenty of desolation and loneliness in both the song and the video, and the two creative mediums seamlessly combine to form a truly moving and genuine work.
ACTN - "Drinking Your Words (Live at Radio K)"
We have featured the striking videos of Minneapolis electro-pop trio ACTN a few times here at Local Frames, and now we actually get a glimpse of the band performing in the Radio K studios. They dropped by to play a textured, enthralling session that included this saturnine run through of "Drinking Your Words." The group is in the process of writing and recording a new album, which would come hot on the heels of their excellent, Body Out EP, which they released back in March. ACTN has a textured, intoxicating sound that represents a different, edgier side of the current local scene, and this studio performance really captures the band doing what they do best in a live setting.
Patch - "Metaphors"
The members of ACTN have formed a rousing new band together, as well, called Patch. Their material is written by Peter Kenyon, and he and his fellow ACTN cohorts Steve Jaska and Gus Watkins have partnered up with Paul St. Turner for this mercurial twist on the modern industrial sound, a genre that both bands refer to as Deathpop. This moody, slightly sinister black and white video is for "Metaphors," the lead single from Patch's forthcoming EP, Preclusion I. The clip was directed by St. Paul filmmaker Joseph Hyrkas, who perfectly captures the restless energy and menacing spirit of the song itself. While there are similar sonic elements between both ACTN and Patch, the two bands both have a distinctive, capricious sound that is pushing the local scene in a thrilling new direction. Patch is having a record release show for Preclusion I at the 331 Club on August 15, along with Catbath, Me and My Arrow, and Soap Scum.
Jack Campbell - "Drive"
Jack Campbell is a Minneapolis music scene veteran, who recently decamped to Chicago to continue to pursue his musical dream. But the local music scene is still coursing through his new work, with Minneapolis producer/engineer Brett Bullion helping out with the production and playing on Campbell's vibrant new single, "Drive," with Jeremy Hanson and Adam Wozniak also joining Jack in the studio. Campbell is in the process of crowdsourcing funds for his new album, and if you are interested in his story or his songs (or both), you should check out his Fundrazr page. The video for "Drive" was shot by Lakefront Films, and captures Campbell and Bullion in the studio together, adding textures and small sonic flourishes to the stirring, catchy number. Here's to hoping Campbell reaches his fundraising goal, and brings those new songs to a Minneapolis stage sometime soon.