Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence Album Review

NYC-based foursome Asobi Seksu — meaning “casual sex” in Japanese — released its newest album, Fluorescence, on February 15th. The dream pop escapist melodies are made for cruising the coast with a lover or plunging headfirst into an icy ocean of emotion and despair, making the gauzy tracks a well-timed drop for the day after Valentine’s. Shoegaze is basically the Choose Your Own Adventure series’ music genre of choice, and Fluorescence fits the part. “Coming Up” leads off the album with drums rolls and Yuki Chikudate’s lofty, ethereal vocals. Chikudate’s high-pitched, quickly paced lyrics are offset by guitarist and vocalist James Hanna’s more subdued, softer verses. Track 7, “Ocean,” flutters through with distorted keyboard and muted electric bass effectively creating

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Yelle – Safari Disco Club / Que Veux-Tu Music Video

With people like Lady Gaga cornying up the music scene with Madonna rip-off tracks — and with everyone else getting more dancey all the time — I’m glad Yelle is back, with a back-to-back double video for “Safari Disco Club” and “Que Veux-Tu.” To continue with the comparison to Lady Gaga (I can’t help it; I just saw her video for her new song, “Born This Way,” this morning… YOU can see it here), these Yelle videos aren’t going down the path of trite, stereotypically powerful imagery. No black-and-white contrast, mock high-fashion rows of dancing human bodies here. No well-dressed folks masquerading around in Dia De Los Muertos facepaint for no particular reason. No hilarious science fiction narrations which end

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Eagle And Talon – “For The Bond” Music Video

This track has this whole lethargic dance music thing going on, which you’ll probably either love or hate. Regardless, though, the video, which makes a big stink about featuring Reggie Watts and has a couple of cute girls doing entertaining awkward things with their bodies, so… it’s at least somewhat enjoyable. But seriously, really… purposefully… awkward. Director of Photography/Camera Operator: Catherine Goldschmidt Editor/Finishing: Robert Grigsby Wilson Playback Operator: David Buchanan Reggie Watts/Puppet master played by Reggie Watts. Eagle and Talon played by Kim and Alice Talon.

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Batwings Catwings – “Endless Summer” Music Video

Something about the way these clips of found imagery and audio line up makes me want to concede, concede, concede! I concede! I concede to the reality that we’re all disgusting fat pigs, slobbering away at pointless joints full of excess and grease! Ugh, thanks guys, now I’m dreading summer.

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La Femme – “Sur La Planche” Music Video

La Femme is a band whose stylistic choices I do not doubt — both musically and visually. This video for “Sur La Plache” has some technobabble elements, but mixes those with surf imagery and tons of red lighting, like Jaws joining forces with ’50s sci-fi films. Directed by George Trimm & La Femme Starring Danica Elbertse DP: George Trimm Second Camera: Isaac Zoller

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Morning Teleportation – “Expanding Anyway” Music Video

Morning Teleportation is certainly a band that radiates all of the positive vibes and energy of its music. With this music video for “Expanding Anyway,” I’m glad the band — young as it is — has taken a rather old-school route. It’s spastic, rather timeless, and psychedelic without being trite like so many psychedelic videos these days. Directed by: Phantasmic (Tripp and Jenna Watt) View the making of.

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