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.
A dynamic new video from recent Rhymesayers signee, Dem Atlas, leads off this week. Dig in for fresh clips from Bomba de Luz, Doe Paoro, Courageous Endeavors, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the new Trampled by Turtles album. Filling out the collection are live performance videos from Marijuana Deathsquads, Jeremy Messersmith, Poliça, Tiny Deaths, and Black Diet. Enjoy!
Dem Atlas - "All We Got"
This is Dem Atlas's first track for Rhymesayers, and if this lively single is any indication, the breakout MC is going to make quite a name for himself both at the label and with hip-hop fans around the globe. "All We Got" is driven along by Atlas's spirited, lyrical flow, as well as a soulful, organ-drenched old school beat. Atlas also produced the single (along with Soundsmith the Programmer), while the stark black-and-white video was directed by EJ Films. Atlas had this to say about the track: "This song regards my relationship with how I view myself and how I feel the world around me doesn't seem to notice me therefore making my skin develop a callous disposition." You can catch Dem Atlas live on tour with Atmosphere and Prof, as well as at Soundset.
Marijuana Deathsquads - "Ewok Sadness (Live at SXSW)"
Marijuana Deathsquads recently brought their madcap vaudevillian live show down to Austin for SXSW, and this stellar video captures the untamed majesty of the band's performance of "Ewok Sadness." Har Mar Superstar is there to join in the fray, as is Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, and the sprawling group really coalesces as the track builds in urgency and pace. The drums are towering, while the electronic flourishes color the track with a sinister pulse that keeps MDS from sounding like any other band at the moment (while ensuring that other bands can't sound anything like them, either). You can witness the live spectacle that is Marijuana Deathsquads this weekend at Art-A-Whirl, as they close things down Saturday night at Anchor Fish & Chips.
Poliça - "Smug (London Sessions)"
This moody, atmospheric clip of Poliça performing "Smug" in rather bleak surroundings in London was shot and produced by AllSaints. The label has filmed some memorable Basement Sessions in the past, and they are relaunching that series with these London Sessions. The setting and spirit of the clip perfectly suits the tone of the track, as the band seem to be floating within the smoke-filled room. Channy's ghostly vocals drift in out of nowhere, while the textured layers of the slow-burning track swell to an elegant finish. Poliça just announced plans for a new EP and deluxe reissue of Shulamith.
Jeremy Messersmith - "Someday, Someone"
This is a lovely little clip of Jeremy Messersmith (sporting a Doomtree T-shirt) playing a solo acoustic rendition of "Someday, Someone," the subtle standout to his most recent record, Heart Murmurs. Messersmith explains that the delicate number was "inspired by a Reddit inspirational poster that I saw." But even with the typically nefarious online influence, the number has a sweet, subtle charm, with the surprising expletive only reinforcing the level of emotion at stake. Messersmith is touring hard in support of his new album, but is looking for hosts for his upcoming Supper Club tour.
Bomba de Luz - "Be Minor"
Indie quintet Bomba de Luz are returning with their third album, Ember, on August 5. And "Be Minor" is the first single to be lifted from that forthcoming record. The ominous, slow-burning track finds Lydia Liza in fine voice, while the arrangements build along with the raw emotions of the number. The haunting black and white video was created and envisioned by Peter Jamus, who shot the clip in caves, forests, and handmade sets in order to capture the Liza's lyrical and creative struggle. "Be Minor" represents a bold, assured step forward for one of the most promising young bands in the Twin Cities music scene, and surely as the release date approaches, we will all be hearing more from Bomba de Luz.