Youngest pop star in the making Lorde has unveiled her first visuals with the Joel Kefali-directed video for Royals. Shot in NZ, the video tells the story of short-haired friends that enjoy boxing and hanging around quite a bit. Yes, she is going to be huge.
DN and MS MR go way back (literally, way back). Max and Lizzy did a three-track session for Myspace, hosted at Manhattan’s famous The Log Cabin (who have Missy Elliot, Jay-Z and more among their guests) and played Hurricane, Dark Doo Wop and Salty Sweet. The first two are already streaming over at Myspace and them + MS MR hooked us up with the exclusive premiere of the latter.
Salty Sweet is one of our favorite tracks on the duo’s debut record Secondhand Rapture (which is streaming at a couple of places and out worldwide next week - and very amazing) and sounds like a perfect pop song should sound anno 2013. Handclaps, fun lyrics like “just another pop confession” and “damned if I do, bored if I don’t”, a backdrop of synths and that right dose of jolly good fun. All of this translates like a dream in this performance for Myspace of Salty Sweet, basically a must-watch.
Girl Crisis are at it again with their “let’s cover a classic jam a capella and shot it on Super 8” thing (which we love) and cover Walk Like An Egyptian, the ‘86 classic by The Bangles. Gets really rich towards the end, truly beautiful (as always).
Lana Del Rey is the opera star backed by an orchestra in the video for Young and Beautiful, her contribution to the OST for The Great Gatsby. The shots of the orchestra are really impressive with these shadows set to dramatic lightning. Lana herself is gorgeous (obviously) and comes in a Deluxe-version with those added diamonds on her cheek. Directed by Chris Sweeney.
Just a matter of time before Sweden offered their very own response to the high-energetic pop of MØ, MS MR and the likes (alright, there’s Tove Lo and Kate Boy, but can there ever be enough brilliant pop? - no). It comes in the form of Suvi, who offers quite the pop tune with Bleeding For Your Love, shimmering synths and dramatic drums included. Previous single Clovers is more of a “pretty” pop song and doesn’t hit as hard, but shows she’s capable of more than just obvious pop songs. Working with the producer-duo Robin Rocks & Rubio (who previously worked with Miike Snow
and Loreen (let’s just ignore that)), this girl may become your favorite new pop starlet.
With footage taken from ∞ (Indefinitely), a shortfilm by Shanah Noynaert, Belgian duo I will, I swear visualize their debut single Long Days (backed with the equally stunning Sleep). The band call this the perfect match, and they are absolutely right: both the song and video tell the story of a relationship that feels right yet doesn’t. It may be the setting or the boy-girl combo, but we’re getting strong Moonrise Kingdom vibes from this one.
MONEY make us fall in love with them once more with Bluebell Fields, the first new song in little over a year and the first taste of their forthcoming debut full-length on Bella Union. The band have their guitars ghost over an ambient soundscape, creating a hazy and romantic atmosphere that sounds both rough and polished. Kind of reminds us of that brilliant Exquisite Corpse EP from Warpaint. Impossible to deny its beauty, matched by a video directed/animated by Dan W. Jacobs.
We already knew Joel Compass was in for big things after his debut single Back To Me (and that magnificent video for it) and his new song Fucked Up just confirmed all of that. Taken from his forthcoming debut EP Astronaut on Black Butter, Fucked Up tells the story of a relationship gone wrong in an incredibly sexy way. “She keeps calling me, but I can’t pick up the phone” croons Joel over a sparse beat - just wonderful.
Meet ASTR, the latest enigmatic Brooklyn pop duo you’re about to fall in love with. Pounding beats over futuristic vocals, ASTR push you towards the dance floor with their hip-hop-influenced debut track Operate. High on energy and dance levels, it’s the kind of track that makes you believe you’re everything but tired and gets you going all night long.
Freddie Dickson’s face is being used a projector screen for old family footage in the video for his remarkable debut single Shut Us Down, whilst he sings the song to an emotionally distant but physically close girl. Reminiscent to the production on Lana Del Rey Born To Die, Shut Us Down feels grand and intimate at the same time.