Psych-folk rockers Yellowbirds released a new music video for their third single “The Reason”. Directed and animated by Yellowbirds front man Sam Cohen, the video employs stop motion collage animation, featuring 10 years worth of notebook drawings and sketches by illustrator Michael Arthur. “The Reason” is off the band’s February 2011 release The Color.
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Another slice of Retromania at its finest, Com Truise‘s latest is an ode to the digital emulation synth that purists would argue “ruined electronic music”, or at least killed analogue off for a brief period until it was written back into continuity like a beloved superhero character. Oddly enough, I’m reminded of the all-analogue DMX Krew in this cut’s delectably gooey synth cheese factor. The video’s not your standard copy and paste Youtube pillage project. It looks like it was carefully choreographed to create some stunning recombinant neon psychedelic eye candy. Their debut album Galactic Melt on Ghostly International is available to download now.
Kangding Ray have always made intricate lapidary electronic slices. Their latest album OR is no exception, as evidenced by this video of their title track. The narrative of the piece is slow, giving the listening ample time to immerse themselves in the textures and detailing of the song, including a keyboard line by the similarly poetic Ben Frost. A man dangles idly in space in the video, that’s pretty much it. Yet, watching the video as filmed in ultra slow-mo HD shows that that’s actually far from all. Likewise, Kangding Ray sound pretty simple in print, but listening to them closely shows that this is hardly the case.
Lots of young jazz pianists like their Nirvana and their Radiohead, don’t they? Israeli-born Yaron Herman is no exception. His album from earlier this year Follow the White Rabbit contained covers of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “No Surprises” alongside a big helping of exception contemporary originals such as “Saturn Returns” and “The Mountain in G Minor”. But, back to Radiohead—what is it about them that make jazz pianists want to cover them? It must have something to do with Jonny Greenwood’s incredible knack for those tiny yet unforgettable passages like the main guitar line in “No Surprises”.
So, on that note, enjoy this clip of the Yaron Herman Trio performing the song at the Cully Jazz Festival from late March of this year.
Captain Planet follows up his hugely successful 2009 EP, Speakin’ Nuyorican, which scored multiple TV show pick-ups, with a new EP, The Ningané, releasing next Tuesday via Bastard Jazz. The title track of the new EP spotlights the vocal talents of Congolese singer Fredy Massamba, while the tune that we’re premiering today, “Dame Agua”, is a hot Latin number spiked with pounding salsa horns and an irresistible beat. This EP is something of a teaser for more great things to come from Captain Planet later this year as he plans the release of the full-length Cookin’ Gumbo this coming September.