Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
This week we get things going with the striking new video from Poliça from their highly-anticipated forthcoming full-length, Shulamith. We are also highlighting new clips from WILD!!wing, I.B.E. and Benzilla, Thee Evil Creatures, and Polterghost, featuring a video by a Minneapolis filmmaker using dolls she handmade for the clip. We're also showcasing a batch of videos directed by Adam Dunn for Dessa, Lydia Liza, and a young hip-hop group called LNJAY, as well as an intriguing new video series launched by Mike 2600, and a preview of the forthcoming Lowertown Line special featuring Brother Ali. Enjoy!
Poliça - "Warrior Lord"
As the music world waits for the release of Shulamith, the highly-anticipated second album from Poliça, the group just released another video for a track from the record, the haunting "Warrior Lord." Not only is the clip directed by the formidable local filmmakers Isaac Gale and David Jensen along with the assistance of other area talent, but it stars former Lookbook frontwoman Maggie Morrison. The ethereal, water-laden video only adds to the evocative spirit of the song, with Channy Leaneagh's distorted vocals seemingly floating on the waves themselves.
Dessa - "Skeleton Key (Official Lyric Video)"
Dessa's stellar recent single "Skeleton Key" is given the lyric video treatment by Adam Dunn, which reinforces the moving personal significance of the song itself. The clip gives an arty, theatrical touch to the track, with flourishing fonts clarifying the stark proclamations that Dessa delivers throughout the pulsating number. Dessa and her crew successfully persevered after recently getting their gear stolen on tour, and are set to play a sold-out show tonight in Rochester at the Civic Theatre as part of her lengthy and highly successful Parts of Speech tour.
The Lowertown Line with Brother Ali Promo
The first episode of the Lowertown Line music series featuring Trampled by Turtles was a resounding success, and now the good folks at tpt and MN Original have done it again with an episode featuring the incomparable Brother Ali. This exciting promo clip for the episode, which is set to air on tpt on October 31, gives a glimpse of the performance as well as Ali's informative, engaging interview with Dessa filmed at the Black Dog Coffeshop in St. Paul.
Mike 2600 Presents Episode I: Music Everywhere
This fascinating and informative new series from Mike 2600 captures the DJ delivering one of his high-energy mixes. The clip was shot by Matt Visionquest at CO Exhibitions in Northeast Minneapolis. It's not only a fresh mix by Mike 2600, but also captures the skills of a DJ who still uses two traditional turntables in an increasingly digital world. Plus, you get to hear Fancy Ray blend emphatically into the Beastie Boys which fluidly gives way to Amerie. Music everywhere indeed.
Lydia Liza - "Like I Knew"
Bomba de Luz's Lydia Liza delivers a mesmerizing take on "Like I Knew" in this Adam Dunn directed clip. This striking, graphic video -- which features our trusty photographer Erik Hess as well as our esteemed former music editor Andrea Swensson in the cast along with other local luminaries -- is certainly a bit more expansive and ambitious when compared to the other stark clips in Dunn's Lights and a Backdrop series, but the theatrical scope of the vid really serves the song well, and both the song and the clip itself become unforgettable.