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 features the premiere of a new video from France Camp, for "Baby Rock and Roll," the lead-off track to their recent album on Forged Artifacts. We're also featuring new clips from Spooky Black, Rabbit Holes, the Awful Truth, Squares, Botzy, and another Lights and a Backdrop vid, this time featuring King Fuvi. See some live performance clips from Chatham Rise, Sean Anonymous and Philip Morris, and a Canadian in-studio performance by Jeremy Messersmith. Enjoy!
France Camp - "Baby Rock and Roll"
We're pleased to be premiering the new France Camp video here at Local Frames today. The theatrical clip is for "Baby Rock and Roll," the rousing lead-off track to the band's recent self-titled record. The video was directed by Tyler Torrison and edited by director of photography Marko Zitzer, who both manage to perfectly capture the spirit and tension within the track through this dramatic, but ultimately rather playful, clip.
Spooky Black - "Without You"
Don't let the lo-fi nature of this video for Spooky Black's "Without You" to keep you from getting completely lost within the hypnotic song itself. The young St. Paul musician had help crafting the ethereal nature of this track by producer Greaf, who creates a dreamy soundscape that suits Spooky Black's impassioned vocals. The track is lifted from Black's new album, Black Silk (where he goes by Lil Spook), while the stark, snow-covered video was directed and edited by Gabe Broderick, who adds to the relaxed elegance of the smooth, modern R&B number.
Rabbit Holes - "Run Away"
Rabbit Holes went down to the basement to shoot their new video for "Run Away," a raucous track that the group has plans to release sometime in the near future. The spare surroundings suit the urgency of the song itself, a propulsive, catchy number that the group recorded with Neil Weir at his Old Blackberry Way studio. The video was directed by Chris Jones, and his no-frills approach certainly complements the raw spirit of the track as well as the trio itself. Rabbit Holes are currently on a Midwest tour that will bring them to Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee over the next few days, before they return home for a show at the Hexagon on May 3 along with Teenage Moods, Porno Mags, and Whatever Forever.
Chatham Rise - "Meadowsweet (Live on Radio K)"
Chatham Rise recently brought their textured modern shoegaze to the Radio K studios for an enthralling session, which featured this dynamic take on "Meadowsweet," which is (I believe) a new track from the band. Either way, it's a stellar song, which the quintet completely nails in the live session. Chatham Rise have a show scheduled at the Kitty Cat Klub on May 25 with Magic Castles, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, and Flavor Crystals, but chances are this captivating band will play another local show sometime between now and then which you should most assuredly attend and be won over by their sonic charms.
Sean Anonymous & DJ Name ft. Phillip Morris - "Sultan of Swat"
The final offering from PBR's recent live video series shot at Hymie's is from Sean Anonymous, who gets the record shop hopping along with his trusty DJ Name and special guest Phillip Morris, the indie rapper who moved here from Chicago. The trio get live on this version of "Sultan of Swat," which was captured by Dan Huiting and his talented video crew. The trio perform in a small corner of Hymie's, surrounded by vinyl, which only adds to the infectious, old-school flow of the track itself.