Friday, July 20, 2018

Watch :: ZHU + Tame Impala’s 'My Life' visuals starring Willow Smith

Following their collaboration earlier in the year, Tame Impala and electronic artist ZHU have now released a video for the same song, 'My Life'.

Directed by Ben Tan and David Altobelli (American Millennial) and Elliot Sellers, the clip features Willow Smith playing the shellshocked survivor of a car crash, who, on seeking help, finds herself reliving flashbacks prior to the accident, where we lead up to how it happened.

Watch above.

Watch :: Strange Boy explore 'Suburbia' in digital visuals

Words: Sam Geary

The London-based ambient techno duo Strange Boy have popped out a Friday visual for their current single 'Suburbia' which we featured last week.

Directed by BAFTA award winner Tal Rosner - with live thermal action directed by Theo Davies and 3D animation by Claudia Fragoso - the clip begins with a digital recreation of singer Kieran's home street in Surbiton, which becomes more distorted and euphoric with each pass. The second half of the song reveals two young lovers exploring each other, the thermal camera adding to the intensity and tenderness of the act.

"The video explores the monotony of suburban dwelling, shifting between an endless journey in perspective and the complex intimacies behind closed doors," says Rosner.

Watch above.

[Video] Pale Waves drop visuals to "self-esteem" track 'Noises'

Words: Sam Geary

Directed by Gareth Phillips, Pale Waves have dropped a brand new video for ‘Noises’.

The track, which the band first aired live in New York during the second half of their US tour back in April, was described by Heather Baron-Gracie as "about very low self-esteem and analysing yourself too much, and I can’t wait until people who are a bit insecure about stuff can hear that song, because I feel like they’ll feel better after it. That they’ll know that other people feel that way. I can’t wait.”

Watch the vid above.

Track Of The Day :: Blue Velvet - Wasted Youth

Words: Leah Raymond

Released yesterday (July 19), Sydney emo rock quartet Blue Velvet follow 'Stay Inside All Day' and 'You're Not Going Home' with a third whammy in ‘Wasted Youth’.

The vibrant, uplifting number, which precedes their forthcoming EP, out later in the year, is the perfect drive-to song, combining edgy, relatable lyrics with hooky guitars, a zippy rhythm and singalong chorus.

“I’m at a time in my life right now where I have this insane responsibility to determine the person I’m going to be for the rest of my life, and I’m terrified of getting trapped in a bubble of completely ignoring adulthood," says drummer Lewis Armstrong. “The song is also a reflection on the band, and where we’re going. We‘re not the same people that we were last year, our attitudes on life and music have matured and there’s something so exciting about that."

Catch Blue Velvet live on August 3 at Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, Melbourne, followed by a free entry single launch show on August 10 at Vic on the Park in Sydney.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Like Sherlock's Moriarty, Billie Eilish too says ‘you should see me in a crown'

Words: Ellie Ward

Considering she doesn't touch 18 until December, LA wunderkind Billie Eilish has made a pretty impressive start already. As she readies her debut album, and coming in the wake of last year's debut EP 'don't smile at me', she shares new track, ‘you should see me in a crown’.

The song was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1; where Eilish revealed that it has been inspired by the BBC drama series Sherlock.

"We wrote this song ‘cause of Sherlock, actually, 'cause there’s a scene where Jim Moriarty says, 'You should see me in a crown', and me and my brother were like, 'hey that’s jiggy as fuck'. Then we just sorta made the song about being jiggy I guess, and you should see me in a crown, so there it is "

Listen :: The 1975 premiere new track 'Love It If We Made It'

Words: Ali Mack

The 1975 premiered new track 'Love It If We Made It' today (July 19) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. It’s the second track to come from the band’s forthcoming album out in October - 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'.

Discussing the song's lyrics with Lowe, frontman Matty Healy explains the reference to Lil Peep, who died last November at the age of 21 (“Rest in peace Lil Peep / The poetry is in the streets / Jesus saves us!/ Modernity has failed us”):

"I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep. He is very on the nose regardless of what you think of them as artists or people. With XXX and with Lil Peep. The thing that was happening in that movement regardless of what you think of it musically I felt like it was the closest thing that this generation has to a kind of Punk. It definitely felt important, whatever it is. And those two people are dead now just like that. They’re just dead. And I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep.

"If you want to go and talk about big Pharma and pharmaceutical companies and overprescription of drugs. Yeah of course … of course that’s definitely played a part in it but that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that other points in the song. I’m saying lot of things … I’m saying a lot of individual things but the fact is is that all of these things nuclear they’re radioactive.

"It’s probably the best place to put it is in a song because you can let it finish and go … OK well I can’t react to a song so I’ll just listen to it again and then see if I get the same reaction is as opposed to like it’s an opinion on Twitter where you can go “hey, fuck you” we will never. It’s not opinionated. It provides what is happening."

There's also a nail in to Kanye West and Donald Trump in the lyrics: “Tell me something I didn’t know / Consultation degradation fossil fueling masturbation immigration liberal kitsch kneeling on a pitch / ‘I moved on her like a bitch!!’/ Excited to be indicted / Unrequited house with seven pools / Thank you Kanye, very cool!/War has been incited and guess what you’re all invited.”

Listen to it all below.