Local Frames: New videos from the Starfolk, Toki Wright, SMMNR, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment called Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our fifteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
The Starfolk - "From Above"
In advance of the Korda Records showcase at the Entry this Saturday night, one of the label's four bands, the Starfolk, released a new video for "From Above," a single which is drawn from their forthcoming debut record due out this April. The video was created by the Starfolk/Typsy Panthre member (and Korda Records co-founder) Allison LaBonne, and features elegant stop-frame clips shot through the windows of airplanes, which perfectly compliments Brian Tighe's (the Hang Ups/the Owls/Jeremy Messersmith) wistful, plaintive vocals and the simple strumming of his acoustic guitar. It's always peaceful from above, indeed.
Toki Wright - "No Gimmicks"
Insightful local MC Toki Wright is back with his fourth video from his blazing FADERS mixtape. "No Gimmicks" is over in a flash, leaving fans wishing for another verse or two from Wright over that fresh beat. The past year was a good one for Wright, musically, but other aspects of life proved taxing for the MC, which he openly recounts for the New Year's Edition of his Wright About Now podcast.
SMMNR - "Bleak House (Live on Radio K)"
Local ambient electronic duo SMMNR dropped by the Radio K studios recently and delivered an intoxicating set, which features this haunting take of "Bleak House." The group released a four-song EP, Peaks, at the end of 2012, and based on the moody inventiveness of those tracks, as well as their enthralling Radio K session, SMMNR should garner quite a bit more attention from the local music scene this year.
Knox - "Dying To Live"
Knox asks some big questions in "Dying To Live," a reflective track that lyrically tries to tackle how to truly be a man in today's world. The video was directed by local MC Greg Grease, and finds Knox strolling through a graveyard while searching for his way. The video launches with an impassioned plea from Tupac, which sets the tone for the rest of the track's weighty subject matter. "Dying To Live" is taken from Knox's recent album, Martyr Muzik.
Munqs - "Motions"
Local electro-pop crew Munqs bring an ethereal, textured sound to "Motions," a hypnotic track featuring the pensive vocals of Minneapolis native Corey Lawson, who also serves as the group's producer and main songwriter. Munqs was originally Lawson's solo project, but he has evolved the band to now feature six members. The video was directed by Ryan Melling, and the track comes from Munqs' recent EP, Thoughts. If you like what you hear, the group has an upcoming show at Memory Lanes on Friday, January 18.