Milezo is the high school nickname of Austin musician Miles Kelley as well as the name of the band that he formed at the University of Texas before he dropped out to pursue music full-time. That plan seems to be working out, as psych rock fans have started to catch on to the blend of bubblegummy pop and far-out vibes that Kelley and company have refined over the span of seven albums and three EPs. Their latest single, “Kiss You All,” drips with lysergic weirdness but still lands its hooks, giving it the feel of a bad trip that’s somehow still kinda fun (not to mention a cross between Thee Oh Sees and the Banana Splits). For the accompanying video, the band dons face paint and takes to the stars for an intensely cosmic faux talk show appearance. Groovy.
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Producer/composer/pianist Taylor McFerrin is the rare member of the Flying Lotus-led Brainfeeder collective to operate out of New York City rather than L.A., but the influence of vintage soul, psychedelic jazz, and Golden Age rap beats on his music is right in line with the crew’s aesthetic mission statement. His debut album, Early Riser, which came out on Brainfeeder earlier this summer, features a fascinating cast of special guests including Brainfeeder bass master Thundercat, pianist Robert Glasper, Brazilian jazz veteran Cesar Camargo Mariano, and McFerrin’s dad Bobby. For the lead single “The Antidote” he teamed up with Hiatus Kaiyote vocalist Nai Palm and created a psych-soul cut wrapped in the warm and captivatingly complex textures that he specializes in. Its trippy black-and-white animated video was made by director Simon Benjamin, who also drew Early Riser‘s cover.
John Maclean got his start playing with the legendary (for the chaos they caused as much as the music they made) electropunk band Six Finger Satellite, but since the early aughts he’s been producing synth music under the name The Juan Maclean that incorporates abstract modern composition techniques alongside the heavy influence of early house and techno, resulting in recordings that are as good for producing a meditative mood as they are for dancing along to. Along the way he found a highly complementary partner in LCD Soundsytem vocalist Nancy Whang, who adds a human element to Maclean’s electronic compositions.
The pair just released In a Dream, their third LP together, on DFA Records that boasts a lead single, “A Simple Design,” that could be the catchiest thing they’ve ever made. The accompanying clip, directed by the Wilderness collective, gives the song an organic abstract paint job that’s as lush and satisfying as the song itself.
When Hilary Duff says she’s not all about herself but rather “all about you” in her appropriately titled song “All About You,” what she means is simple: If she sees a cute guy in a restaurant, she’s going to take his picture when he’s not looking and then proceed to tell all of her dancer friends about him before eventually tracking him down at some sort of party. Yes, Hilary Duff has dancer friends.
In her new music video for “All About You,” Duff is successful in finding “random cute guy at restaurant that is probably going to be really creeped out when he finds out you took his picture without him knowing.” But hey, at least she’s up front about being all about him, right?
At the beginning of his career, Tricky’s moody, murky trip-hop hinted at a near future where humans would become kinkily intertwined with technology and increasingly alienated from each other. The past 20 years have more or less lived up to his predictions, while at the same time his lushly minimal electro-organic compositions have become crucial building blocks for the sound of contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and pop.
Most artists who are ahead of their time in their youth tend to fall behind the times as they age, but Tricky continues to release albums that can easily stand up next to zeitgeist-nabbing early works like Maxinquaye. His recently released Adrian Thaws offers plenty of proof that he’s still one of the best there is at making darkly brooding avant-rap, including the narcotic lead single “Sun Down.” The track features a vocal contribution from the up and coming artist Tirzah—and the video features Walking Dead fan favorite Norman Reedus as Tricky’s co-star.
As a wise man once said, “Parents just don’t understand.” Grandparents can be another story. Like if your parents are fun-hating control freaks, they might round up a pack of fellow old folks and head out into the streets of L.A. for a night of mischief and kid-friendly partying, perhaps picking up some hot friends along the way.
That’s the lesson of the video for “The Art of Hanging On” by L.A. artist Robert Fleming, a.k.a. Sneakout, who you may have recently heard on Girls. Directed by Andrew Hines, who’s also shot for A$AP Ferg and The Head and The Heart, the clip gives a comedic spin to Fleming’s psychedelically embellished, New Wave-inflected electro-rock. The song’s available on Fleming’s new Letting Go mixtape. If you’re in L.A., you can catch him opening for EW favorite Lowell at Bootleg HiFi on Sept. 22.
Back in July, EW visited the Greenpoint, Brooklyn location where Detroit rapper Danny Brown was shooting a video for the Old track “Smokin’ & Drinkin’.” Wednesday, the final product hit the Internet in all its hedonistic glory.
Director Alan Del Rio Ortiz described the clip’s theme as “like a house party, but in a dream,” and to that end, he dropped Brown (clad in a leather jacket and Dead Boys tee) into a group of pretty young people going bananas in a psychedelically lit apartment. There’s a lot of dancing, a lot of glitter, a lot of 40’s being chugged, and since it’s a rap video, a generous number of attractive women just chilling in a shower.
JASH, the YouTube comedy channel founded by Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, Michael Cera, and a bunch of other just-left-of-mainstream funny types, has a subsidiary called Buh, where stuff that’s even weirder than the weird stuff on JASH gets filed. One of the regular features there is called “$5,000 Video” where a comedian and a rapper are, as you probably guessed, are given $5,000 to make a music video. (Maybe you saw the one with Hannibal Buress and Chance the Rapper.)
The latest installment pairs Eric Andre Show and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 star Eric Andre with Thundercat, who’s not actually a rapper but whose association with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder crew puts him in close proximity to the LA avant-garde rap scene. The track they chose is “Tron Song,” from Thundercat’s 2013 solo album Apocalypse, where he trades in his usual frenetic bass freakouts for a tender psychedelic soul ballad about his cat. Filtering the cat theme through Andre’s distinctive lo-fi surreal visual aesthetic–where glitchy psychedelia occasionally gets uncomfortably close to “bad trip” territory–results in a clip full of VHS-era video effects, deviant sex acts, and defecation in a human-sized litter box, along with a few cameos by the titular cat where he looks just as confused by what’s going on as anyone watching.
At a time where the plethora of music videos on YouTube has made shock value a close second behind gratuitous nudity as a method of attracting viewers, the “Tron Song” clip manages to stand out as particularly demented. Bravo, gentlemen.
La Roux is bringing the hamburger phone back. In the music video for “Kiss and Not Tell,” La Roux’s Elly Jackson stars in an ’80s-style infomercial as callers chat on playful telephones, ranging from the classic hamburger to colorful rotary phones.
And that phone number in the faux infomercial? It’s real: Call the number and Jackson will urge you to “press 1 to get down,” which will lead you to a recording of “Kiss and Not Tell,” or “press 2 to leave a cheeky message.” If only all infomercials were this fun. READ FULL STORY
When some people think about Sweden and automobiles, they think of clean-cut blondes driving Volvos. But since the dawn of hot-rod culture in the U.S., there’s been a subculture in Sweden that’s been bound together by their mutual worship of tail-finned American steel, cheap beer, and rock ‘n’ roll. Known as “raggare,” they throw a hefty, fuel-inefficient monkey wrench in the popular preconception of Swedes as the neatest and most polite people in the world, and they seem like they have a blast doing it.
For the video for their new single “Lightweight,” Berlin-based rock group Zulu Pearls’ creative mastermind Zach Van Hoozer traveled to Sweden to hang out with the raggare gang Moonshine Cruisers and caught the experience on film. The result creates an interesting juxtaposition of sugary retro-rock sounds and pastoral images of grizzled hot rodders shotgunning beers.
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