Esben and the Witch – When That Head Splits Music Video (Interview w/ Band & Director Rafael Bonilla)

Inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting and poem, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Matador Records’s Esben and the Witch have teamed up with prolific director Rafael Bonilla to create a colorful claymation world that’s sinister, playful, and chock full of inventive characters. In this comparative interview, both parties speak to the collaborative process.

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Arbutus Records Label Profile: Friends Supporting Friends in the Montreal Music Scene

“We also only work with people that we have a close personal relationship with. This ensures that we understand our artists intimately, allowing a mutual trust and support. Decisions we make are in line with each others’ ideologies, so everyone is comfortable with what’s happening. Moreover, the love we feel for our bands motivates us to work really, really hard.” - Sebastian Cowan, Arbutus Records Label Founder

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Wintry Music Videos: White Hinterland – Ring The Bell & S. Carey – Fire-Scene

This past winter season has been sheer insanity in North America, with overwhelming snowstorms galore, polar bears being taken indoors, and more, more, more. What better time, then, to use music videos to explore the beauty of wintry landscapes? In Dan Huiting‘s work for White Hinterland‘s “Ring The Bell”, Casey Dienel can be seen tunneling through ice caves and fascinating skull-lined passageways; Joe Baughman‘s work for S. Carey‘s “Fire-scene” is a naturalistic treat that shows off the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, as he captures what winter looks like in the desolate spaces where the waters and deserts of Eastern Washington State merge.

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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 Band Interview: Caramel Dreams of an “Oddball”

Like a shiny unicorn of the indie pop world, Connan Mockasin is the type of musician who has earned himself a number of adjectives and associations, often whimsical and colorful in nature. His 2011 record, Forever Dolphin Love, set the precedent for this; it was full of unconventional words, strange voices, and fictional characters, giving one the impression that he is one who floats off early and often into the ether, with one foot grounded in this world and one in another. As a result, media and press often generalize Connan Mockasin to be an “oddball” — an assertion that he finds “kind of a bit weak”, for he doesn’t in fact feel odd…

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Outlands – Love Is As Cold As Death Album Review (LebensStrasse Records)

We all come from somewhere. Outlands, the duo of Melissa Smith and Mark Arciaga, are obviously more concerned with where they’re going than where they’ve been, as evidenced by the fact that they hail from Virginia but currently reside in LA. They’re willing to travel thousands of miles to find somewhere that suits them, somewhere they belong. And you can hear this same sense of adventure, this quest for self, for something unique and personal, on Outland’s debut LP for LebenStrasse Records.

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