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Kindness talks 'lack of cynicism' in 'Who Do You Love' video

The video for Kindness and Robyn’s “Who Do You Love” features dozens of sometimes smiling, sometimes pensive faces. From the outside, it might seem like a completely random assortment of people, of unrelated extras — but they’re actually all Robyn and Adam Bainbridge’s friends and family.

“It just seemed so appropriate and perfect for this song,” Bainbridge, who goes by Kindness in the music world, tells EW. “Which, to myself and Robyn, was fundamentally about finding your own place and contentment in relation to the people you’re surrounded by.”

Bainbridge got Daniel Brereton on board to direct, and they filmed the video over a couple days in both the U.K. and Sweden. “It was a pretty amazing thing to see, to see your friends in this kind of sequence of faces,” Brainbridge says. “It’s a generous act for them, to put themselves out there to be filmed so intimately.” READ FULL STORY

Sunmonks take a desert trip in their new video

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Sunmonks’ Geoffrey CK and Alexandra Steele reside in Auburn, California, a small town better known for its role in the Gold Rush than for producing eccentric pop groups. Starting out out with an interest in art-bent rock bands and a loop pedal, the pair has developed a sound that combines lilting melodies, hypnotic rhythms, and bits of musical styles from all over the globe, and their recent In the Desert of Plenty is a worthy successor to similarly inclined groups like Talking Heads and Vampire Weekend.

For the title track’s video, Geoffrey CK writes in an email, “We had a lot of different plans, but at risk of being overly heavy-handed, we ended up deciding to film in a literal desert.” The visual that resulted finds the band striking poses and generating mystical vibes. “Any excuse to drive out to the middle of nowhere to perform rituals and ceremonies, play with fire, and watch the sunrise is a good one,” he notes.

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Ellie Goulding floats in Calvin Harris' 'Outside' video

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Ellie Goulding spends quite a bit of time looking in a mirror in the “Outside” music video. Then again, she’s wearing a sports bra that shows off some impressive abs—so why wouldn’t she?

“Outside” is a track off Calvin Harris’ latest album, Motion. It features Goulding’s vocals. The two have teamed up before, for 2012′s “I Need Your Love.” And while “Outside” is his song, she’s the real star of the music video: The camera spends most of its time focused on Goulding as she sits on a sidewalk in front of two colorful houses, singing straight into the lens.
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A runaway bride stars in buzzy electro duo Phantoms' 'Broken Halo' video

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Vinnie and Kyle, the two members of LA electronic group Phantoms (who both go by their first names alone), have funky, synth-heavy music in their blood. Vinnie’s dad was a rhythm guitarist who played in funk bands back in the ’60s, and Kyle’s uncle played keys for Michael Jackson.

The pair were formerly actors, “doing TV movie work and stuff like that,” Kyle says. “As a side project, we always wanted to make music together.”

“Originally we wanted to make this funk rock group,” Vinnie adds, “and eventually it formed into this electronic project because we fell in love with the genre.” READ FULL STORY

Marina and the Diamonds sparkles in 'Froot' video

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Marina and the Diamonds’ “Froot” is full ofsurprise!fruit imagery, but the music video contains less fruit than Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” in favor of sultry lighting and glittering gowns.

“Froot” is the first track off Marina and the Diamonds’ upcoming album, her first since 2012′s Electra Heart. In the video, the singer slinks around a regal house and even recruits some dancers clad in matching gold lamé to back her up. There are dark shadows and lots of glitter and Marina’s deep, sultry voicewhat else could you want?
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Terrace premieres 'Cote d'Azur' video

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Vancouver trio Terrace grew up in the heyday of dance music and synth disco—an era they revisit in their dreamy, danceable sound while somehow retaining a quality of timelessness. Terrace’s brand-new video for their August single, the characteristically infectious “Côte D’Azur,” embodies the band’s je ne sais quoi: It’s a sun-washed vision of the French Riviera circa the ’80s.

“As a child of the 80s, ‘Côte D’Azur’ is a tale of summer love and longing for the ultimate fantasy of life in the French Riviera,” explains frontman Simon Lock. (Fun fact: his other job is as a commercial airline pilot.) “A time and place where the sounds of Chic, Roxy Music, and Giorgio Moroder provided the soundtrack of carefree decadence,” he adds.

Especially present is the influence of Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, an early pioneer of synth disco and EDM, and Nile Rodgers, who has produced albums for David Bowie, Madonna, and Duran Duran. The imagery in the video, directed by Barcelona-based Marc Alcover, is sublime; the footage of crashing waves complements the song’s hypnotic hook, while the handheld shots of the young woman the video follows enhance the allure.

Below, watch the exclusive premiere of the video—and delight in the fact that”Côte D’Azur” is only the first in a planned trilogy of music videos from Terrace’s sophomore album, We Fall Together, dropping early next year.

Field Report goes to space in animated 'Wings' music video

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And you thought Interstellar‘s graphics were impressive.

Field Report’s “Wings” plays over images of space and spaceships in the band’s latest music video, a hypnotizing spectacle of colorful animation and haunting visuals. Between the video’s story—an astronaut journeys through space in a trip that doesn’t end so well—and the song’s atmospheric sound, the “Wings” video is an emotional five minutes that proves Field Report and animation go well together. Really well.
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Anthropomorphism runs wild in Ha the Unclear's 'Secret Lives of Furniture' video

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Everyone’s imagined at some point or another that the inanimate objects around them have some sort of sentience, an interior life and emotional landscape like people do, but that people are unable to connect with. Few, though, have followed that idea through to as bizarre a conclusion as Ha the Unclear frontman Michael Cathro has. In the latest single from the fascinatingly odd New Zealand indie pop band, he sings from the perspective of a coffee table with a perhaps-not-entirely-healthy fixation on the person whose living room it occupies. For the video the band came up with an ingenious low-budget conceit that examines the relationship between people and the furniture they own in an interesting way, as well as putting Cathro’s clever and creepy lyrics up front.

“‘Secret Lives of Furniture’ is about a coffee table who becomes infatuated with its owner and is left broken at the landfill after the owner passes away,” Cathro writes in an email. “We wanted to incorporate that anthropomorphism in the video. We spent a day walking around Mt. Eden putting up posters of missing furniture imagining that everyone’s furniture was running away because we hadn’t been treating them well enough. Maybe they had all gone underground to form a secret society and plan some kind of furniture revolt.”

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One Direction drops 'Ready to Run' single from 'Four'

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The boys of One Direction are ready to make fans all googly-eyed (again) with “Ready to Run,” the new single from their upcoming album, Four.

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'Shake It Off' gets the most intensely 1989 music video possible

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Three things that were very major in 1989 that Taylor Swift did not work into her album 1989: aerobics, Alan Thicke, and Crystal Light. Thankfully, YouTuber Thomas Jung somehow figured out that “Shake It Off” syncs up with almost eerie perfection to a routine from the 1989 Crystal Light Aerobic Championship, hosted by Alan Thicke, which was something that actually aired on television at one point.

The video’s hilarious. (Aerobics! Spandex! Floofy hair!) But there’s a poignant quality in seeing a bunch of people celebrating something that would almost immediately after seem dated and vaguely creepy. Good thing that’ll never, ever happen to our collective obsession with Taylor Swift!

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