D.D. Dumbo – Tropical Oceans
In this rapturous video for “Tropical Oceans”, Australian artist D.D. Dumbo‘s magnetic song gets showcased by long shots in still life. The serene landscapes pull the track into sharp focus, the distorted guitar crashing over us while Oliver Hugh Perry’s searching yelp buoys above, a beacon in the storm.
The War on Drugs – Red Eyes
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes – today’s hottest video is “Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs. It’s got everything: elderly dancers, a sad clown, a magician and a hula hooper doing their best Tracy Flick impressions, and an adorable guitar-playing child. The War on Drugs dropped their third album yesterday, but the buzz had been steadily climbing to a roar before that. “Red Eyes” is at once comfortably familiar and wonderfully fresh; run your fingers along its well-worn edges.
Bear Hands – Giants
There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the video for “Giants,” Bear Hands‘s lead single from Distraction, but it draws one’s attention as a series of moving portraits. There’s a photographer’s aesthetic at work here and viewers are bound to want to look deeper at the people flashing across their screens. The track has the energy of fellow Brooklyn band Matt & Kim but with a cool gloss on the chorus that has more in common with California’s palm trees and convertibles than New York’s concrete and subways. Watch the video and fantasize about the warm summer nights that are on the way.