Samia

May 20, 2019

New Samia single & music video for “Ode to Artifice”

Samia has been busy. After releasing her double A-side single, “Lasting Friend” / “Paris,” back in January, she jumped on the road with Donna Missal in February, turned heads at SXSW in March, then joined her label mates Hippo Campus on another leg of their Bambi tour in April & May. Today she’s back with “Ode to Artifice,” a new single and music video (featuring a cameo from Mary Louise Parker) directed by Nick D’Agostino. The video just debuted over on Consequence of Sound, as part of their recurring Origins feature.

“The New York singer offers more than poignant confessional lyrics,” says CoS’s Ming Lee Newcombe. “She also crafts striking compositions, which range from dramatic, wailing folk ballads backed by simple piano or acoustic guitar accompaniments to gritty and grungy rock anthems. Always at the forefront is her crystalline voice, carrying each number with its deft transitions between ranges and its emotional power.” 

Of the video, Samia says, “‘Ode to Artifice’ is a desperate plea; my authentic self is lusting after my stage/party persona and begging her to merge. Nick D’agostino and I decided to tell the story of a girl who spends weeks obsessing over the way she’ll present herself at prom, only to discover that she is grossly underdressed compared to the more colorful and popular version of herself who is thriving at the event.”

The video and single come only a few short weeks before a pair of headline shows, one at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY and another at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets over on her Artist page. As anyone who caught her with Donna or Hippo can attest, you don’t want to miss these shows.

Baby Boys

April 5, 2019

Baby Boys release “Wannabe” video

Today Baby Boys released the new music vide for I’m Set standout “Wannabe.” Directed by Ethan Nelson, who helmed the “Kinky Toe” video as well, it features hip hop dancer Rachel Wilson and was shot on location in Holy Land USA up in Waterbury, CT.

Hippo Campus

March 28, 2019

Hippo Campus return with new video & more US dates

Today Hippo Campus have released the video for “Why Even Try.” Directed by Ruff Mercy, who has helmed music videos for Thom Yorke, Run The Jewels, Preoccupations and Bayonne, the video is a semi-animated trip inside the mind of Hippo Campus. “So much of Bambi is concerned with mental health,” says the band. “The way Ruff Mercy’s video weaves between a relatively under control external world and a more unhinged internal world seemed apt. And the approach to animation really captured the sort of chaos and contradictory emotions that we were attempting to explore on the record.”

In related news, the band continues on the path to world domination today announcing another major US tour, this time joining The Head And The Heart on their summer run across the states. The band has just wrapped a tour of Australia & East Asia and are back on the road here in the US next month touring with our very own Samia. Tickets over in the tour section.

Rubblebucket

March 7, 2019

Rubblebucket return with stunning Lemonade music video

Rubblebucket are back today with a ridiculously inventive music video for Sun Machine standout “Lemonade.” The video, available on YouTube in 360 degrees, was helmed by Julia Barrett-Mitchell, Alex Suber & Dane Benko. It comes along with a lengthy Billboard feature that dives into the backstory of the song, the video, and the romantic breakup at the core of the new record. It’s also only a matter of days before the band kicks off another run of dates in support of Sun Machine. Tickets in the tour section.

Baby Boys

February 28, 2019

Baby Boys debut EP I’m Set out today

Today marks the release of I’m Set, the debut EP from Baby Boys. By now you know the drill: the band is comprised of Minneapolis musician and artist Caleb Hinz (of Happy Children), alongside Hippo Campus co-founders Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker. “I’m Set is what happens when the focus turns away from charts and radio play, and instead returns to the pure bliss of creative fulfillment,” says Atwood Magazine in an early review of the EP.

Previously the band released a pair of music videos. “Beatdown” is a frantic, homespun collage of imagery created by Hinz. Meanwhile, “Kinky Toe” is a study in alien triumph and perseverance directed by Ethan Nelson. Paste reviewed the song as part of their Daily Dose feature and wrote: “The song opens on a Dirty Projectors-esque wavelength, all glitchy samples and hushed, feathery vocals until it blows wide open a minute in, a cascading acoustic guitar riff and reverberant beat casting the track in a downright radiant glow. “Kinky Toe” stuffs a fistful of ideas into its sub-three-minute runtime, refusing to walk any kind of line, euphoric and unexpected all the way through.”

Stream I’m Set everywhere, or order it on cassette now.

Haulm

February 22, 2019

Haulm release Posture EP, “Rushing” music video

Today marks the release of Haulm’s latest EP, Posture. Following on the heels of last year’s Stay For Me, the collection of songs features Haulm’s distinct brand of icy, downtempo electronic. Pre-dated by singles “Fraction” and “Loss,” the 5-song release is rounded out by downtempo opener “Fate,” the witchy ambience of “Clouds,” and “Rushing,” a slow-burner that has a similarly-minded music video, available above. Stream it wherever you stream.

Baby Boys

February 18, 2019

Baby Boys return with “Beatdown” single & video

Baby Boys are back with “Beatdown,” the second song released from the upcoming EP, I’m Set, due out March 1st. Watch the self-directed video above, and head over to Bandcamp to pre-order one of those sweet green cassettes before they run out.

Samia

February 13, 2019

Samia debuts “Paris” music video with Gorilla Vs. Bear

Today, Gorilla Vs. Bear unveils the new music video for “Paris,” from Samia’s recently released double A-side single. “NYC’s Samia follows up her boisterously defiant “Lasting Friend” vid by gently tugging at our heartstrings with something a little more low-key, in the nostalgia-inducing new visuals for her tender breakup song ‘Paris,'” says GvsB. “The video is made up of sweet archival family footage of lil’ Samia, interspersed with more recent, glowingly hazy film shots, co-directed by Samia and Zak Adams.”

The clip comes on the eve of Samia kicking off a lengthy run of dates alongside Donna Missal. Find them all over in the tour section. The run will make a pit stop at SXSW down in Austin. Watch this space for more details soon.

Bedstudy

February 11, 2019

Bedstudy premiere “s_M00n” video with The FADER

Over the weekend, The FADER unveiled “s_M00n,” a new music video from Bedstudy. Directed by Rodney Passé, it’s a quirk-filled live performance, bookended by vignettes of a budding romance. The song, which FADER called “a trip into electro-R&B funk and beyond” is on the band’s forthcoming dot wave EP, due this Friday. Pre-order it here.

And if a live rendition is more your speed, the band recently stopped by Break Thru Radio for a session. Watch them play “s_M00n” below, and listen to the full podcast and interview with BTR here.