Alt Pop

Puppets Sex, Fight and Care for Each Other in Sweet Spirit's New Music Video

After a thoroughly solid indie rock album release in 2015 with Cokomo, that was itself a quick follow-up to a spectacular split with influencer and fellow Austin rocker Britt Daniel of the legendary Spoon, few Austin bands enter this new year as hot as Sweet Spirit. To add fuel to that fire, the act has just released a new, gripping music video for Cokomo track “Baby When I Close My Eyes” that joins Anomalisa in the surprisingly fast-growing “Early 2016 Super Artsy and Emotional Puppet-Based Films” subsection of pop culture.

That upcoming movie with its realism+puppets thing is more of a touchstone to go with when understanding what hitting play on this music vid than something like the Muppets, because this here video is dark and serious, including a good, healthy heaping of violence both puppet on puppet and human on puppet.

Both the video and the track discuss modern life and its troubles, with director John Valley saying about the various storylines in the video, “We weren’t preoccupied with the three plots leading you to a final message, yet the characters all go through a life-altering experience and come out the other end scarred but still in love.”

Singer Sabrina Ellis says about it that “People will either love it or hate it and that excites me,” and you can decide for yourself which way it makes ya feel by taking a peep below.

Reaches' Video For "White Birch of the Baltic"

Reaches (aka Justin Randel) has released the video for his single "White Birch of the Baltic". The track comes from his forthcoming album I Am Alive and Well (We Be Friends Records, Feb. 19th).

Music Video Premiere: Lords of Sealand - Architect

It is yet again an honor and a pleasure to premiere music from another great Bay Area band! Check out the newest music video from the San Francisco based indie, prog rock band, Lords of Sealand!

Architect is a track from the band's second EP, Found Fiction. Lords of Sealand are known for their haunting lyrics, dynamic rhythms and poetic storytelling. The music video for Architect is the culmination of their aural explorations brought to life in a visual medium. The video explores the conflict between creative freedom and the constrictions of modern societal norms. The video features Bay Area artists Allison Kane of Vanwave and painter Leslie Lambert. The video also includes life models Alexi Belchere of the band, The Y Axes and Carmen Caruso of Capybara.

Lords of Sealand will be hosting a video release show at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco on Wednesday January 13th, 2016 with Ghost Parade headlining and Cash Pony opening the show. The show starts at 9:00 PM with doors opening at 8:00 PM. The show is $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

Wildcat Apollo's Second Single from Their New Album is Some Rules-Breaking Indie Pop

Wildcat Apollo is releasing 80s pop singles on us right now. Truly, we’ve been living in this time of all past eras of music being re-done and reproached by the contemporary kids as good as or better than they were originally were for a while, and Wildcat Apollo’s second single from their new album “Melt into the Ocean” is exactly that. It’s a Cocteau Twins influenced blast of a romantic pop track, but with the echoing choir indie thing of the early 2000s (itself a rehash of an 80s Paul McCartney kinda thing that itself goes back even further etc.) and a very 2016 approach to old sounds that says this is ours, and we’re gonna take it and make it like we want.

We live in the age of fast-moving everything, and one thing that’s moving so fast that it’s collapsed into itself is pop music, which has developed into music like “Red Roses” that comes off as a kind of retro-contemporary-future pop music all at one time. It’s weird that it does all these different pop things at once and doesn’t ask permission to do it. It might not be fully what many might want from pop music if we were asked to directly lay out the path we think good such music takes, and it isn’t perfect with its almost-too cutesy notes with the echoing choir shit, but it makes up for it by not caring that you might not like that and driving hard at everything the band wants the track to be. It ends up pretty endearingly done, and the track sticks in your head and gets your spirit going a bit upwards whether you'd like to admit it or not (and many will without a single problem).

Wildcat Apollo’s “Red Roses” is of the new rules pop, and it’s good fun, and you should and can listen to it below. Do that or be a stickler, hip kids of this site.

Album Review: Foxtails Brigade - Time Is Passed

Foxtails Brigade’s Time Is Passed is like a cohesive compilation of adult lullabies for the broken-hearted romantic. With beautiful instrumentation and soft, delicate vocals, this album will resonate with the nostalgic lover in you. The San Francisco based band- Weinbach (lead vocals, nylon guitar), Anton Patzner (violin, electric guitar, percussion), Joe Lewis (bass), Dominic Mercurio (drums, percussion) and Joshua Pollock (electric guitar, vibraphone) are known for their interesting orchestra ensemble and complex layering of instrumentation. Laura Weinbach’s quirky lyricism coupled with Victorian-reminiscing guitar plucks, provide a unique sound with unexpected tonality and variation. Listeners can expect whimsical songs like “Lost” and “We’ll Always Have the Moon” to pull them into a jazzy, adult fairytale. Although they aren't currently touring, you can catch Foxtails Brigade in small venues all around the Bay Area. -Lindsay Stickney  

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