Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Strange Colores

The video for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks latest track “Strange Colores” should come with a seizure warning. It’s a quick-cutting, light-flashing slice of chaos as Tare and company trade the horror show for the fun house. The song, however, has a simple, repetitive structure, but there’s still a rush of exhilaration when the chorus hits and the band breathlessly sings — almost chants — a hypnotic string of syllables. Two tracks in and we already have reason to be very hopeful for their upcoming debut.

Check out “Strange Colores” above, and watch out for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’s Enter the Slasher House, out April 7th/8th via Domino Records.

Festival Fever: Wakey! Wakey!

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SXSW may be over but Festival Fever rages on. The latest artist to star in Diffuser.fm’s spotlight series is Wakey! Wakey! After the jump you’ll find videos of the Brooklyn-based alt-poppers performing “Call Me Up” and “Phoebe Cates,” along with an interview in which frontman Mike Grubbs talks about his festival experiences, Ms. Cates, the songwriting process and more.

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Festival Fever: Torres

Add Torres to your list of artists to catch at SXSW. The Nashville singer-songwriter beyond impresses with just her voice and guitar, not unlike Daughter. Get to know her via these Diffuser.fm videos, which include performances of “A Proper Polish Welcome” and “Strange Hellos,” after the jump.

And don’t forget, All Things Go is teaming up with Indie Shuffle for an extra rad showcase at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop this Friday with Ghost Beach, Joywave, Wolf Alice and more. Details at the link below.

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Lowell – Palm Trees

Lowell is back with a video for “Palm Trees.” She takes on all the production duties here, creating a short-form DIY cinematic experience for the I Killed Sara V track. The video opens on Lowell lying still on her side, looking longingly off-camera and mouthing the lyrics as different patterns of light cover her. Once the song builds up, she is constantly interrupted by different versions of herself, which range from guitarist to bunny hopper.

Lowell uses projections of an old school movie to tell the story of what appears to be a typical summer movie fling. Cut to a close-up shot of the back of Lowell’s thighs when the surfer stud disappears and the plot takes a turn for the bizarre. The visuals begin to alternate between this story and shots of Lowell appearing to rise and float in the clouds. Lose yourself in the video above.

Lowell will be playing the All Things Go and Indie Shuffle official SXSW showcase at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop on Friday, March 14th. Details available at the link below.

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STREAM: Lowell – “Palm Trees”

Future Islands – A Dream Of You And Me

We didn’t cover the last awesome single from this beautiful band. That was a mistake. But luckily no one put us in blog jail so we’re still around, and they released another, and here it is.

Future Islands is a band I wish I’d discovered earlier. This North Carolina-bred, Baltimore-based trio manages to hit just about every referential sweet spot without feeling at all contrived. Their music seamlessly combines the sensual pleasures of electro-pop with the emotional resonance of good old fashioned rock songwriting. It’s at once ambient and energetic, romantic and introspective, meditative and anthemic. Sam Herring’s arresting vocals, equal parts Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, provide the compelling lead presence often missing in other electronic-leaning acts. The instrumental backdrop evokes the simple, bass-driven melodicism of New Wave artists like Modern English and New Order, as well as the glimmering, spacey atmospherics of Superhumanoids, Blood Orange and Destroyer. Thematically, as Harris puts it, Future Islands writes “songs about love and loss and nature, just real things.”

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Dawn Golden – All I Want

“But life is short / And I don’t care for most of it / Because you’re all that I want.” These are the lines that walk you into the chorus of Dawn Golden‘s heartbreaking single “All I Want.” The track is a slow-burner that begins with nothing but keys and Dexter Tortoriello’s voice, but all that swells into a cascading, percussion-heavy breakdown that still gives us chills every time we listen. It’s a hell of a payoff.

The track has a beautiful video to match thanks to one of our favorite directors, Tyler T. Williams. It’s a sci-fi tale of love and dementia that, despite sounding a bit over the top, fits the song perfectly. Watch it above.

“All I Want” appears on Dawn Golden’s Still Life, out now via Mad Decent.

STREAM: Dawn Golden – “All That I Want”

Magic Man – Paris

Magic Man bring out the big guns in their new video for “Paris.” Reality and fantasy intermingle in the Mimi Cave-directed piece as the band and dancers perform while their bodies drift in and out of existence. In short, “holy shit this video is amazing.” See for yourself and watch it above.

Magic Man’s You Are Here EP is out now via Columbia.

STREAM: Magic Man – “Paris”

Real Estate – Crime

In their cheeky new video for “Crime,” Real Estate literally demonstrate how to play it. We are given a close-up of Matthew Mondanile and Martin Courtney’s guitars, as a strumming pattern with finger positions for each of their parts of the song goes by. It’s a fun, simple visual, and one that perfectly demonstrates the band’s commitment to playing solid, no-frills rock music. There’s no magic here, the notes are right in front of us, but the song is another earworm to add to their growing list. It’s fitting that Courtney and Mondanile should get their chance to shine alone here, as their intricate guitar work and warm tones have long been the heart and soul of the New Jersey jangle rock outfit. Watch the video for “Crime” above.

Real Estate’s new album Atlas will be available March 4th via Domino Records.

 

Video Premiere: Mideau – Way With Words

One man. One shot. A thousand dance moves. Mideau do a lot with seemingly little in their new video for indie-pop gem “Way With Words.” But dancing has proven before to be all you need to make a fantastic video. Jonathan Frey, the dapperly-dressed star of this piece, does his best Walken-of-Choice in front of a simple red background, and the results are mesmerizing. Oh, and did we mention the song is incredible? Watch it above.

STREAM: Mideau – “Way With Words”

Big Data – Dangerous (Ft. Joywave)

Hot chicks, sweet kicks and notepad dicks. Well, there’s only about a second’s worth of that last one, but together they all make for an incredible video for Big Data‘s “Dangerous.” Watch above as advertising execs pitch a sex- and violence-filled commercial for an imaginary brand of sneakers based off the song. It’s hilarious and by far already one of our favorite videos of the year.

Big Data’s 1.0 and 1.5 EPs are available now via iTunes.

STREAM: Big Data – “Dangerous (Ft. Joywave)”