Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
|Photo By Nate Ryan|
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
A premiere of the new Web of Sunsets video gets things going this week. We've also got new clips from Leisure Birds, Mayda, Some Pulp, Moving Parts, Maple & Beech, and a lovely Simian Ghost video directed by Dan Huiting. We're also featuring live performances from American Cream, Alpha Consumer, and Sonny Knight & the Lakers. Enjoy!
Web of Sunsets - "Wildflowers"
A flurry of activity from the Web of Sunsets camp includes the beguiling psych-folk trio just releasing an awesomely named limited-edition cassette, Gin Tapes, which features four brand new songs from the group. The band has also announced plans for a U.S. tour, which kicks off with a show tomorrow night at Eagles Club with Chambermaids and Mr. Hide. In addition to all of that, Web of Sunsets has allowed us to premiere their brand new video for "Wildflowers," the haunting lead-off track on their recent full-length, Room of Monsters. The video was directed by Andrew Stewart, whose serene outdoor images perfectly encapsulates the mood and spirit of the song.
Leisure Birds - "Waveforms"
Leisure Birds have just put out their moody, textured new album, Tetrahedron, which is seeing a joint release between the local label, Totally Gross National Product, and onetime Minneapolis cassette-only label, Moon Glyph (which is now based in Oakland, CA). They both have a synth-drenched gem on their hands, as Jake Luck and his talented band have crafted a hypnotic, mercurial masterpiece. The first single from that record, "Waveforms," gets the video treatment here from Matt Bardins/visionquest.tv, who gives the mesmerizing number an equally esoteric clip that provides spellbinding visuals while the song carries you away. Catch Leisure Birds Tetrahedron release show at Icehouse on June 25.
Some Pulp - "Take A Ride"
This short blistering blast from Some Pulp absolutely rocks, and the grainy, black & white video only adds to the untamed energy of the track. The clip was directed by Chris Jopp, who captures the raw live spirit of the garage-rock band. "Take A Ride" is the centerpiece of the group's new, self-titled release, which is one of the best local albums put out this year. You can next catch Some Pulp at the Nomad on July 10 and be blown away like I was the first time that I witnessed their raucous live show. That show also features Clementine and Chalk.
American Cream - "Shadow's Skin/Rücksturz (Agitation Free cover)(Live at Heliotrope X)"
STNNNG's Nathan Nelson's improvisational side project, American Cream, recently rocked Heliotrope X with a rousing, wildly experimental set. This clip finds the band exploring their way through a wild, expansive take on Nathan standout, "Shadow's Skin," before flowing smoothly into a cover of Agitation Free's "Rücksturz," which starts as a spare, haunting piece before blossoming into a rousing instrumental jam at the midway point. It's a bold, adventurous performance that perfectly expresses the boundless nature of not only American Cream, but Heliotrope as well.
Alpha Consumer - "Brain Doctor (Live on Radio K)"
My admiration for Alpha Consumer is well documented. But if there are any of you who have yet to be convinced and converted by the band's estimable talents, just check out this rousing clip of the trio tearing the cover off of "Brain Doctor," one of the standout tracks on their new album, Meat. The group of longtime friends look like they are having the time of their lives each and every time that they play, but remain so locked in to the vibrant rhythm and pulse of the track that it can't help but pull you in. After hitting the road for some shows out east, Alpha Consumer return home for what is sure to be a wild bill at the Cedar on July 12, as they play with Liam Finn and Fury Things.