Hola and welcome to the first edition of Videodrome in 2014. This year we’re going to continue selecting the ten coolest videos of each week, no worries. Today we start the fun with new audiovisual work from beloved artists such as Excepter, patten, Torn Hawk and many more. Ready to explore?
#1 Excepter – “Maids”, directed by Harrison Owen
#2 Torn Hawk – “Bad Deadlift”, directed by Luke Wyatt
Torn Hawk returns with proper four track 12-inch “Bad Deadlift”. The accompanying video is a hellish NSFW-DIY manoeuvre, which ends after the five minutes thirty seconds mark and continues for another two minutes with a lot of blood. Also nice: the slow jam during the last three seconds.
#3 Actress – “Grey Over Blue”, directed by Nic Hamilton
#4 patten – “Drift”, directed by Jane Eastlight
A new album from patten titled ESTOILE NAIANT will be released on February 24th. Today you can get an early idea through watching the video for “Drift”, above.
#5 CUTS – “CUTS 01”
Invada-signed CUTS come correct with the usual dark electronic-almost-industrial feel. Last month they did a great performance during the Invada 10th Anniversary show, but I can’t tell you anything else. Enjoy the mystery for now.
#6 Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust”, Directed by NYSU
Neat video for the new Wild Beasts song “Wanderlust”—that final scene with the birds and ooohhh. This is the British indie pop ensemble’s first new material since the 2011 release of Smother. There will be some buzz.
#7 K.Raydio & Psymun – “Sweet Dreamz”, directed by SwayHeavy
Minnesota-based singer K.Raydio and beatmaker/MC Psymun are an unstoppable duo. Check the spaced out, kaleidoscopic visuals above and make sure to head to their Bandcamp to stream the rest of the album.
#8 Twin Shadow – “Cupid”
Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. has posted another video for his ongoing UNDER THE CVRS series. It’s a cover of nineties R&B collective 112’s hit from 1996, “Cupid”.
#9 Cass McCombs – “Big Wheel”, directed by Albert Herter
Not what you’d expect from the video for a Cass McCombs folk rock tune. CMC released his twenty-two track double album Big Wheel And Others last year via Domino, and today he’s sharing a visual for the almost-title track, “Big Wheel”.
#10 Black Devil Disco Club – “Stay Insane”, directed by Jorey Salas
Terrible name. Great music. Nice video. ~
Tom Krell, he of the sweet&low falsetto pop project How To Dress Well, is dropping his sophomore LP Total Loss one week from today via Domino. As the title suggests, it’s bleak and heart-clenching in the most beautiful ways. Below is the co-premiere of the full album stream, though we suggest listening when it’s late at night and you’re a few drinks down…just to get the full effect.
“You can’t play something for your mother and tell her it’s cool because of the Ring modulator you used. It needs to have a level of accessibility. It’s not gear music, but the sound’s important!” — Junior Boys feature, taken from Slices Issue 3-11. Order the DVD. Find more Slices videos at our YouTube channel.