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Indie electropop band YACHT released a new stand-alone single and video for “Second Summer” yesterday. It was almost exactly one year ago that PopMatters covered their show in New York City, a non-stop dance party hosted by Jona Bechtoit and Clare L. Evans. It included detailed instructions for audience participation: 1) preparation, 2) initation and 3) enlightenment. Of course, all of this would never work if the music wasn’t instantly infectious.
The new official video for “Shuggie”, directed by Ulysses///Onasis, follows a shiny black box through a black and white landscape, as well as a vague interior, but the song shines brightly throughout. Its melodic backbone is interrupted for a funky instrumental break and then it all meshes into a sing along ending. Jonathan Rado and Sam France are the songwriting core of the five-piece band that their label Jagjaguwar calls a “raw, de-Wes Andersonization of the Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc.” There’s an earthy swagger to France’s voice, which leads the journey through the basic discovery of unrequited love. “She don’t love me, that’s news to me.” France repeatedly sings, as if trying to believe it himself. “Shuggie” is off the upcoming debut album due in January, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.
Jezzy has classical music in her bones, beginning her artistic life as an orchestral violinist and growing up in a home steeped in the Old Masters as her father shared his love of the music with his family. Meanwhile, Jezzy’s Cuban mother played Latin music and those warm, rhythmic sounds led her to a love of all sorts of music and created a true cultural omnivore. Jeezy moved on to rock, playing guitar and violin in a host of NYC bands before emerging as a solo performer with her own band, Jezzy & The Belles. You can hear the classical in the symphonic waves of atmospheric melody in her tunes, mixed with bits from Britpop, dream pop, folk, and electronic music. Fans of diverse artists such as Portishead, PJ Harvey, Lily Allen will enjoy the band’s sound. Today, we bring you Jezzy & The Belles’ latest video that incorporates all of the above-mentioned reference points.