Lo-fi dream pop lovelies We Are Trees released a new music video for their single “I Don’t Believe in Love”. The song appears on the band’s Girlfriend EP, currently available through Collective Crown Records. We Are Trees have an additional EP Boyfriend also available through Collective Crown.
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Structured as a series of memories and gaps, repressions and excavations, Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin’s Enemies of the People tells the story of the Khmer Rouge, from a distinctly, agonizingly personal perspective. Sambath begins by remembering his father’s murder. “They arrested him and took him to the rice field. They killed him by thrashing by knives,” Sambath says. “He did not die immediate. He very, very suffer. My brother, he watch.” Now a senior reporter with the Phnom Penh Post, Sambath has spent years seeking answers to the question that has shaped his life: “Why the killing happened.” His film includes interviews with several killers, now living un-special lives in villages, as well as Nuon Chea, also known as Brother Number Two. The movie—premiering 12 July as part of PBS’ extraordinary POV series—is at once deft and harrowing. As interview subjects sift through memories, they sound variously true and delusional, fragmented and self-serving, working their way to confessions in roundabout ways. You can’t know whether this is a function of fading memories, confusion or deliberate obfuscation. “Frankly,” one says, laughing weakly, “Without the wine, we wouldn’t dare kill people.” At the same time, the film’s compositions insist on the layers of storytelling, showing multiple frames within frames, arranged in camera lenses and mirrors, doorways and monitors. The effect is complex, brilliant, and devastating.
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As Sandwell District gets… well, soft is the not the word for it… cleaner, perhaps, a new crop have imported the grit of their Downwards forebears into some neo-industrial atonal labor. One can almost smell the sweat, taste the rest, feel the tetanus coursing through the veins in the work of Perc and proximal ilk like Ancient Methods, Adam X, Tommy Four Seven, and Reeko. The visual filters in the video for Perc’s new single “My Head Is Slowly Exploding” even harken back to the late ‘80s/early ‘90s videos the original industrial pioneers, dragging mysteriously around port containers as an anonymous guy knocks against one, either trying to break in or to just make noise. As noisy as it gets though, the key word here is “slowly” not “exploding”. There’s a palpable tension, but not one that make your head explode in a Scanners-esque friction of resistance.
Back in October 2010, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander wrote about Suuns’ debut Zeroes QC, highlighting the impressive intensity of album opener “Armed for Peace” where guitars come crashing out of a previously mellow moment, which is “built as much on restraint as on bravado, and when Suuns are firing on all cylinders on Zeroes QC, that is the power they’re capable of.” We were equally impressed with “Gaze”, which Fiander described as “the kind of muscled, brooding rock that Robert Smith would love, combining thick walls of distorted guitar with rattling synths to solid effect.” That’s on full display with the premiere today of this live take on “Gaze”, which was directed by Daniel Ryan of ForNoOne.tv.
If you’re on the fence about this band, one of the members is the composer for the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a show that gets about 10 million viewers a week. Is it safe to assume with those numbers that at least 1000 more people just decided the Rescues are indeed fun?
“Can’t Stand the Rain” has the art house vibe of 1920s flapper music combined with the jazziness of a stripped-down Ben Folds song, and Gabriel Mann’s vocals aid the accessibility of the quartet within the pop-rock scene. (He’s the spitting resemblance of Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie.) All four members (Mann, Kyler England, Rob Giles, and Adrianne Gonzalez) are multi-instrumentalists that hail from LA. They have been paving their way through the indie circuit with residencies at two major venues in the city of angels, as well as gaining exposure with slots on Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Just this week, they released their debut LP, Let Loose the Horses, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.