Local Frames: New videos from Cloud Cult, the Ocean Blue, Enemy Planes, 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, 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 twenty-first installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
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Cloud Cult - "Good Friend"
The beloved Minneapolis group Cloud Cult are returning with a new album, Love, after a three-year break, and "Good Friend" is the uplifting lead single from the record, which is due out on March 5. The playful video for the track, which was directed by John Burgess, a longtime friend of the band, has a bit of a Where The Wild Thing Are-like look to it, which only compliments the searching, affectionate nature of the song itself. The band is soon to embark on a U.S. tour in support of Love, which is set to bring them to First Avenue for two shows on April 27-28th. The first night is sold-out already, so if you'd like to catch a hometown Cloud Cult show, you should get tickets to the second night quickly.
The Ocean Blue - "Blow My Mind"
After taking part in the highly entertaining Korda Records Showcase back in January, the Ocean Blue are now setting their sights on releasing their new album, Ultramarine, on March 19. The revered indie dream-pop darlings are finally back after a lengthy hiatus, and the plaintive "Blow My Mind" is the first video drawn from their long-awaited forthcoming album, which is set to be released on Korda Records. The clip was directed by one of the label's co-founders, Allison LaBonne, and provides a glimpse of the endearing beauty of autumn in Minneapolis, wistful images which are only enhanced by the diaphanous melody and feeling of the number itself.
Enemy Planes - "We Want Blood"
Enemy Planes formed out of the ashes of the acclaimed Minneapolis indie rock quartet, Pictures Of Then, and are set to release their debut album, Beta Lowdown, sometime in early 2013. The first taste from the new record is a dynamic one, as the hypnotic pulse of "We Want Blood" is a promising teaser of what is to come from the band. The video, directed by the distinguished Tobias Strech (Radiohead, Efterklang, Post War Years) is a striking, somber glimpse of the devastating destruction levied by hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The clip was shot in Coney Island in the direct aftermath of the storm, and it provides haunting visuals that serve to enhance the desperation of the highly evocative song itself.
Carroll - "Billionaire"
The burgeoning Minneapolis quartet Carroll have had a great start to 2013. In addition to releasing their debut EP, Needs, the group has also just been picked as a 2013 Are You Local? finalist, which could bring them all the way to Austin for SXSW. To build on that swelling momentum, Carroll just released a new video for "Billionaire," one of the clear standouts of their EP. The vibrant, synth-driven number is given a splashy but artfully restrained video courtesy of director Sean Leonard and cinematographer Dominec Barbero, highlighting the delicate balance we all have between our public and private personas.
Aby Wolf - "Stay Right There (Live on the Current)"
Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler have forged a flourishing musical partnership, the enthralling results of which are on full display on their forthcoming collaborative album, Wolf Lords. While their project (which used to also be known as Wolf Lords) is set to be released under Aby Wolf's name alone for the sake of clarity, make no mistake, these are the sounds of two creative individuals who are intent on bringing out the best in each other. This intimate performance of one of the bold standouts on the new album, "Stay Right There," was shot by Joe Johnson, and recorded in Cutler's living room for the Current. The clip captures the ethereal, entrancing quality of the track, which is guided to the heavens by Wolf's soaring vocals over Cutler's moody electronic tones. This is bound to be a big year for the duo, beginning with their record release show at the Entry on Saturday night, one that won't find them playing in their living rooms for much longer at all.