Mitski – “Geyser” Video

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Mitski Be The Cowboy cover artMitski has announced her much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Puberty 2. It’s called Be The Cowboy, and it’ll be out 8/17. It was once again recorded with Patrick Hyland, who she’s worked with on her last three albums. In a press release, she says that for the album she “experimented in narrative and fiction,” citing … More »

Beach House shares avant-garde video for new track, ‘Dark Spring’

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Beach House followed the first two singles off their forthcoming album with an aptly-named, shoegaze-reminiscent number, “Dark Spring.”

Beach House channels a significantly darker sound on this track than on their two previous 7 singles, “Lemon Glow” and “Dive,” that they’ve described as “the beauty that arises in dealing with darkness; the empathy and love that grows from collective trauma; the place one reaches when they accept rather than deny,” on their website.

Hinting at an ultimate reorchestration of their songwriting methods, the Baltimore duo sheds their self-imposed limitations on the track, and as “Dark Spring” carries on, the similarities between free-flowing dream pop greats before them — see Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, or the Cocteau Twins — allows the unhinged LP’s arrival to become all the more anticipated ahead of its May 11 arrival.

Beach House – “Dark Spring” Video

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Beach House "Dark Spring" VideoLast month, the beloved Baltimore duo Beach House officially announced their forthcoming seventh record — titled, appropriately enough, 7. They’d already been teasing it beforehand, via lead singles “Lemon Glow” and “Dive.” (The latter of the two marked such an exciting expansion of their sound that it ranked as one of ourMore »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” is a pretty bad video, and it’s not even bad in the ways that you would expect a Taylor Swift video to be bad. It’s expensive and meaningless and even maybe slightly pretentious? But at least it’s not boring? I have no idea what’s happening with it, and I … More »

Zola Jesus – “Siphon” Video

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Last month, Zola Jesus was in Upstate New York to play a stunning headlining set at the Basilica Sound Festival. (I interviewed her there.) While she was up there, Zola Jesus teamed up with the great music-video director Zia Anger to shoot a striking, weirdly moving video for “Siphon,” one of … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoThe last two Fridays both fell on holidays, so this column has been on hiatus. And that means we’re coming back this week with three weeks’ worth of videos. Things do tend to slow down in just about every pop-cultural area over the holidays, but three weeks of videos, no matter how sparse things might’ve … More »

Maggie Rogers – “Dog Years” Video

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Maggie RogersI put Maggie Rogers’ folksy electronic pop hit “Alaska” on my list of the year’s best pop singles yesterday, and upon further reflection I probably should have included its follow-up “Dog Years” as well. Like the former, the latter now has a music video by director Zia Anger. Additionally, Rogers has announced … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoPersonal note to Oneohtrix Point Never: Hey buddy! We haven’t met. I’m Tom. I want to talk to you about putting Val Kilmer in your music video. It’s fucking awesome that you did that! That guy rules. However. I would like to present you with the idea that you should have Val Kilmer doing … More »