Artist: World Gang
Song: “Dolphin Smiles”
Why you want to watch: Seagulls. So many seagulls.
Details: Darrin Wiener and Jeremiah Green, who write music for all kinds of things, but also for themselves; Green is the drummer for Modest Mouse.
Artist: Little Boots
Song: “Taste It”
Why you want to watch: Creepy use of food, body parts and scissors.
Details: First track from Little Boots’ upcoming EP, Business Pleasure; Little Boots has sung with Gary Numan; Little Boots said, “NO MODELS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS VIDEO.”
Some of Holograms‘ video for “Luminous” reminds me very much of Seattle – all those trees and greenery. The Swedish band was here in December (without that cute parrot featured briefly), and I do hope they return. They’ve got a monstrously good sound.
Holograms – photo by Simon Krane
Another video, “Dead Eye,” with some cool landscapes comes from Middle Class Rut. Very literally cool; it’s Alaska. I’ve only seen this duo once (gosh they look different now) but would absolutely catch them again. The tour gods were cruel to me as I just missed them in early March, but they’re touring all over the States right now.
Middle Class Rut – photo by Dagmar
Band: Elle Exxe
Why You Want To Watch: Scottish singer-songwriter Elle Exxe made her very own video! The electronic/pop musician doesn’t always appear as she does in this video; the 2D look is meant to stop judging by appearances alone:
“Too often people define and judge one another based on basic outlines – what clothes someone wears, who they’re friends with, what colour their skin is etc. Those judgements become beliefs – creating the same kind of instinct that tells you when something is flat or has depth. I wanted to mess with people’s minds in video format by creating a 2D illusion with high-contrast black and white makeup and clothing.”
Elle Exxe’s excellent debut album, Love Fuelled Hate, is out now.
Elle @ SXSW 2017 – photo by Kirk Stauffer