The Acid is a collaboration between Adam Freeland, Steve Nalepa and Ry X. Each from another continent, each with their own expertise. Together they produced ‘The Acid EP’ which sounds dreamy with some unexpected dark twists. For ‘Basic Instinct’ they called in Dugan O’Neal to help Ry X directing the video. LA based group WIFE visualizes the dreaminess of the song in their performance. See the simple but striking website from The Acid for more info on the trio.
London-born R&B newcomer Joel Compass joins forces with directing duo (and cousins) Ian & Cooper for this magnificent, tense monochrome beauty to his debut single Back To Me.
James Blake has released the video for his project with Chance the Rapper. A surprising project on many levels. The black and white video (directed by Nabil) is beyond beautiful. Musically speaking, the surprise mainly comes from Chance the Rapper. His voice fits like a glove on Blake’s production. All together, this just works. It’s a joy to watch and listen. Let’s hope more of these gems are coming our way.
For the music video of the song Celeste, Ezra Vine called in designer and animator Robert Wallace and Jonatan Jönsson. They made an animation starring a strange faceless figure in on a seemingly endless quest.
Absolut Vodka delved into Woodkid’s history and follows the story of how he discovered and developed his talent. A beautiful and inspiring portrait of one of today’s most popular artists.
FKA twigs brings an unexpected and pleasantly surprising sound. The build up in rhythm can be called unusual as well. Jesse Kanda pulled off the visuals in a simple and hypnotizing fashion. It’s quite clear to understand that they are supported by The xx when you compare this to other artists on their Young Turks music label.
The Howling, aka Frank Wiedemann (half of Âme) and Ry Cuming (an Australian, LA-based artist), made waves after their collaboration “Howling” last summer, for which Âme then supplied a popular remix. The duo returns with moving and colorful sounds in Shortline, a three track EP which is currently available on vinyl and digital release. The video is shot in 16mm starring the extraordinary Nana Agypong and Ry Cuming.
Sailor & I from Stockholm releases the visuals for their cinematic song ‘Tough Love’. The beautiful Scandinavian scenery and aged man combine well with the orchestral song. Good color grading and slow-motion shots do the rest. We already have high expectations for their next release.
Whether in clothing, music or videos, The xx always stays in style. The video for ‘Fiction’ is no exception. We see Oliver Sim solo on a nightly stroll. His heavy voice is the only thing that accompanies him. The black and white tones are something we have seen several times in their music videos. However, that doesn’t seem to annoy anyone. This is what you visually expect when you hear the music.
Barcelona-based Dvein created an epic video for The Vein’s new single ‘Magma’. They take us on a surreal journey through marbleized liqus, molten graphics and moldered faces. The set looks especially beautiful in the context of this nordic wintertale. Dvein is a motion and interactive studio providing art direction, design and animation for cinema, broadcast, music videos, etc. They get involved in any given step in the creative process from the concept art to final piece.
Russ Chimes releases his newest song ‘Turn Me Out’ along with a visual jewel. The bright colours, random images and clever editing give it a smart edge. Director’s duo Mathy and Fran delivered just the right video for this song.
An old man realises that some things end. A tragical song and a video that empowers the feeling. From home base Montreal, duo Majical Cloudz makes music that goes deeper than your regular easy-listening songs. A very good choice, is to have their video directed by the talented Emily Kai Bock. If you look at her work, one can only conclude that her name is going to pop up more often in the future.