Jacques Greene – “No Excuse” Music Video

Negative space, primary colors, and subtly pixelated forms immediately catch viewers in the early scenes of “No Excuse”. As time progresses, the video increases in complexity and speed, and as it zooms out to show the complete scene, one recognizes human beings, twirling and contorting before a blue screen backdrop. With slow-motion as their most powerful ally, they seem like artifacts floating in infinite space, and director Melissa Matos and TRUSST manage to utilize stereotypical music video tropes without it ever becoming tired. Jacques Greene’s Phantom Vibrate EP comes out April 28th on LuckyMe.

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Top Pops! La Femme, Glass Animals ft. Tei Shi, Craft Spells, Hiatus ft. Shura

La Femme bring their sexy Frenchness, Tei Shi pimps out her vocal skills to UK musicians Glass Animals, Craft Spells return with Nausea, and Hiatus and Shura get lost in an afterlife dust cloud.

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Julio Bashmore ft. Jessie Ware – “Peppermint” Music Video (Interview w/ Director Noah Harris)

For “Peppermint”, Julio Bashmore’s collaboration with Jessie Ware, director Noah Harris offers viewers an abstract glimpse into his rave experiences and headspaces from the ’90s. Using found and 3-D printed objects, Harris brings to life a maddening, undulating collage of female forms, gods, creepy babies, and old-school toys, closely synced and timed to Bashmore’s erratic rhythms and Ware’s delightfully repetitive vocals. Read on for an interview about the music video’s chaos came to be.

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Top Pops! February 2014 – Phantogram, Glass Animals, Jeremih + Shlohmo

TOP INDIE POPS! New tracks from Phantogram’s sophomore album, Visions, plus Glass Animals and a collaboration between Jeremih and Shlohmo.

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Plastic – I Want U Music Video (MV of the Week)

Focus on Plastic‘s groovy basslines and the squishy sonic silliness underlying this track, as colorful animations weave through neon worlds at hyperspeed. A curious cast of characters emerges to dance and swing around the occasionally displayed lyric, and this playfully psychedelic music video, illustrated by Dawid Krępski, is all too fun a journey. It pays homage to classic animations such as The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, working well with every element of the song’s quirkiness, even when it breaks down into its killer sax solos. Anything goes in this twirling dancey tango.

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Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You Music Video (MV of the Week)

One-upping his quirky reputation with some tasteful humor, Connan Mockasin plays the lurking lover in this music video for “I’m The Man, That Will Find You” off of his latest record, Caramel. In it, he executes humorously sensual moves galore, with the major winner being a well-timed tumble down a mega-miniature set of stairs. Get your smile tickles on and stay tuned with an interview with Connan Mockasin, coming next week. Caramel is out now on Mexican Summer.

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