Top Ten 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 kick things off with the strikingly gorgeous new video for the Ocean Blue's soaring new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" which was deftly directed by veteran local musician Christian Erickson. We also have a wintry, eye-catching new clip by Colin Stetson, which was filmed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen and features lovely images created by Dan Huiting (along with the ethereal vocals of Justin Vernon). In addition to those gems, we have new videos from A Firm Handshake (featuring Zach Sobiech, Sammy Brown, and Reed Redmond), Metasota, the Prizefighters, Tattooed Millionaires, and a clip for Courtney Yasmineh that was shot and directed by frequent Gimme Noise photographer Steve Cohen. We also have featured a dynamic new live session with Night Moves, as well as a couple of indelible in-studio performances by On An On and Wild Child. Enjoy!
The Ocean Blue - "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?"
The Ocean Blue made their triumphant local live return at the Korda Records Showcase back in January, playing a few tracks from their yet-to-be-released new record. Thankfully, the dream-pop outfit didn't keep us waiting too long for their album to arrive, putting out the glorious Ultramarine back in March. This stark, stunning new video for one of the standout tracks of the new record, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" was directed by the venerable Christian Erickson, a talented, experienced member of the Twin Cities music scene, who perfectly captures the spirit and atmosphere of the plaintive pop number with the striking black and white images featured throughout the engaging clip. The Ocean Blue are hitting the East Coast throughout the month of May, but hopefully the group will return for another triumphant Minneapolis show now that their fans have had a chance to familiarize themselves with their enthralling new songs.
Colin Stetson - "In Mirrors" + "And In Truth"
These combination videos for two tracks from Colin Stetson's highly inventive new record, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, features the work of distinguished local filmmakers Isaac Gale, David Jensen, and Dan Huiting, all of whom were just recognized for their work on Pitchfork.tv, which won a Webby Award for best Entertainment Channel in the Online Film & Video category. "In Mirrors" + "And In Truth" were recently featured on Pitchfork, and these glorious wintry visions surely went a long way towards the channel getting its recent recognition. The songs themselves, by the gifted Montreal-based saxophonist Stetson (who has worked with luminaries like Tom Waits, Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, and Arcade Fire, amongst others) are adventurous, captivating sonic excursions, the latter of which features Colin's frequent collaborator, Justin Vernon.
Night Moves - "Country Queen (PBR Sessions Live @ The Do317 Lounge)"
After assuredly winning over two packed houses at First Avenue recently during their opening stints for both Django Django and Poliça, the local boys in Night Moves seem to be well on their way to captivating the rest of the world as well. This spirited live session perfectly illustrates the band's hazy, infectious charms, as the group eases their way into a soaring version of "Country Queen" that gradually unfolds into its distinctive sonic splendor that caught everyone's attention in the first place. The guys have a free hometown show coming up as part of 331 Club's Art-A-Whirl extravaganza on May 19.
A Firm Handshake - "Star Hopping"
Zach Sobiech's inspiring story continues to spread its musical light with "Star Hopping," a track lifted from A Firm Handshake's full-length, Fix Me Up, which Zach recorded with Sammy Brown. This spare, acoustic-based, uplifting track also features Reed Redmond on drums, while the video itself was produced by Produced by Mediagraphy and J Dunn Photography. It's gratifying to see Zach continue to deepen his moving musical legacy with each new song and video that gets released, while enriching plenty of lives in the process.
Wild Child - "Nights Out (Live on Radio K)"
The blistering Minneapolis punk quartet Wild Child recently dropped by the Radio K studios to devastate their airwaves with a raucous set of untamed rock 'n' roll. After their memorable (and somewhat infamous) set opening up for Iceage at the Triple Rock (where they got removed from the stage midset after cans and bottles were tossed throughout the club), the group refrains from those hijinks and just concentrates on their tempestuous music during this explosive studio session at the K.
Metasota - "Force Fed"
This is the first video lifted from Metasota's fresh 2013 record, Still Happy I'm Present (H.I.P. 2), and finds the gifted MC delivering his smooth, imaginative rhymes over a distinctive, ominous beat. The video was directed by Myke Shevy and produced by Bobby Raps, and features plenty of local landmarks spread throughout the vibrant clip, including an all-too-brief live set by Metasota at First Avenue, a club I'm sure he'll play again sometime soon if he keeps dropping hits like this.
Courtney Yasmineh - "Bury Me"
The gifted Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Courtney Yasmineh enlisted the talents of frequent Gimme Noise photographer Steve Cohen to shoot her new video for "Bury Me," which is drawn from the sultry crooner's upcoming new record, Wake Me Up When It's Over. The clip perfectly captures the icy allure of Minnesota in the frozen winter, while the chill layered throughout the video only enhances the raw emotions of the stirring song itself.
The Prizefighters - "Sukeban"
This wild, theatrical new video for the instrumental "Sukeban" by the Twin Cities rocksteady reggae crew, the Prizefighters, is taken from an exclusive 7-inch that the band has recently released via IndieGoGo Records. The frantic, rebellious clip was directed by Miss Upsetter (Joanna Wallace), and captures the chaos that erupts when school kids break out of the control of the authority figures in their lives, standing in sharp contrast to the smooth, buoyant grooves that the band is generating on this sprightly little number.
On An On - "The Hunter (Live on the Current)"
On An On now proudly call Minneapolis home, and the inventive quartet celebrated their new home base with a soaring session in the Current studios, which resulted in this dynamic live version of their recent hit, "The Hunter." After a successful U.S. tour wound down at the end of April with a triumphant Entry show, the group is now set for a lengthy European tour throughout the month of May, bringing the intoxicating sounds of their glorious debut record, Give In, to an international audience who should get as swept away by their songs as the rest of us already have.
Tattooed Millionaires - "Snow Gun"
This locally shot video for Tattooed Millionaires' "Snow Gun" is part one of a planned movie focusing on a Hollywood exile looking to make their way in Minneapolis. The clip for the hard rocking Hollywood band was shot and directed by Minneapolis-based filmmaker Nick Longtin, and captures plenty of easily recognizable local landmarks throughout the city through the eyes of a leather-clad Californian.
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