A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be in a music video my friend Jared Hogan shot and helped direct for local Charlotte artist John Mark McMillan. Man, talk about talent. It is amazing to watch these guys do what they love, and do it so well. I had such a blast working with some of my friends, as well as my brother – he was the production assistant. Good times all around!
My scene in the video was shot at Morning Glory Farm, my brother’s fiancee Maggie‘s (did ya get that?) family farm and home. They have a couple of horses on the farm, and they were also quickly featured in the video! (Seriously, I love horses..so, it’s even more rad to me.)
I absolutely love the concept of the video, the imagery, the message, the dancing, the song, I just love it all. But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself below and enjoy! :)
Directed by Miles Langley, the video features Danish vocalist of Indians, Søren Løkke Juul singing in a dark and ominous house – possibly haunted? That’s the vibe I got from watching the random wandering girl tiptoeing about with a flashlight. The track has a darker, melancholic tone about it, yet still lures you in with its ‘twinkly’ synth and classic new-wave sound, that I believe make the song.
This week I decided instead of my typical playlist with top five songs, I’d do (drumroll please…) 11 songs! Annnnd, I’m also going to start including a SoundCloud or Spotify playlist if I can. I know, I know, really pushin’ the envelope here. Anyways, here they are, hope you enjoy!
You can find out more info on the bands in my playlist this week by clicking the title/band name. It’ll redirect you to the specific song on SoundCloud, and then you choose to Follow them (on the right side below the player) or just go to their actual Profile Page to check out more info on the lefthand side! :)
Ok, so, this album. Let’s get into it. First off, let’s chat about the album artwork which I am diggin’ quite a bit! Its inspiration is originally from the 19th Century British artist Eadweard Muybridge, known for his photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. That being said, BBC really captured Muybridge well and put a real modern-pop, almost retro-like spin on the artwork. Circles, an almost gem-tone range of colours – greens, blues and purples – pretty reminiscent of the 70’s, which in turn, just makes me love it that much more.
I’m going to go ahead and say that I do not have a least favourite track on this album, because they are seriously all so well done and unique in their own ways – there’s a track with Bollywood samples in it, yep..really! Apparently So Long, See You Tomorrow was inspired by frontman Jack Steadman’s travels, lots of fresh perspectives – culturally and experimentally. Bombay Bicycle Club never ceases to amaze me in how they can so easily change musical climates. From boisterous indie rock, to folk, to pop and beautiful ballads, they truly are the chameleon of bands.
Here are my favourite tracks from the album:
1. Overdone – In my opinion, such a fitting song for the albums opener. It’s dramatic, almost aggressive entrance is comprised of crazy countermelodies, lots of synth and well, simply put..just a whole lot going on. In the best way though, it truly is a symphony to the ears.
2. Carry Me – Another fast-paced, dub-like instrumentally aggressive track, with some slower, periodic bridge ‘breaks’. Super catchy, optimistic and a definite toe-tapper. I’ve always loved what BBC does with guest female vocals, and this is a perfect example. This track, along with most of the album, carries scintillating harmonies. Fantastic!
3. Home By Now – I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my top pick off the album, alongside Luna. Lucy Rose absolutely crushes with her powerful female presence as she harmonizes along Steadman. I mean, I may be a bit biased cus I absolutely adore Lucy and her vocals, but you just can’t deny the girl talent. She is wonderful. Anyway, this particular track has a an old school r&b/hip-hop vibe to it, while still keeping it’s infectious melody. I have listened to it probably more than 10 times already. Nothing short of amazing!
4. Luna – Gosh, this song. One of the catchiest tunes of 2014 so far. The melody is contagiously addictive, the sweet bass riffs mixed with the edgier drum patterns really make this the “banger” everyone is calling it. Rae Morris (kinda like the new Lucy Rose, with a bit of a stronger vocal presence) is whom you hear on this tune, and boy does she ever make the song what it is – sensational.
There you have it, a lil album review, with my top 4 tracks! Trust me, though; all of the songs are amazing! You can check them all out on the Spotify playlist attached below!
Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your Wednesday!
So, here’s my song of the day, along with the awesome music video! Really lovin’ what this NY band, ASTR‘s putting out right now. I waited (impatiently) for some new music by them to come out and voila! They just recently dropped an amazing EP titled ‘Varsity’, and it seriously rules. Varsity is made up of catchy pop tunes, with this amazing hip-hop/80’s vibe. Zoe’s vocals are bone-chilling, and every one of their songs will make you groove. Definitely check it out!
This song has easily become an on-repeat tune. There’s just something about it that I can’t seem to shake off – and I mean that in a positive connotation. This down-tempo, almost eery track is drenched in moodiness with its breathy, whispering vocals. The track is full of psychedelic guitar tones, and plenty of sexy-pop goodness…when it’s on, I’m constantly swaying to it. I cannot get enough.
This Atlanta based band, Mood Rings, sure knows how to create some delicious sounds. The whole album is a treat to the ears. Not just this video, or song – the whole dang thing. So, check ’em out!