vonnie kyle piles on the theatrics in new music video for “imperfect parts”

vonnie kyle piles on the theatrics in new music video for “imperfect parts”

Vonnie Kyle just released her newest music video for her newest single, “Imperfect Parts,” and it has such a cinematic edge to it! The feel of the video was almost theatrical, but in the best way. The video itself mixed with the vibe of the song, created this cinematic type of music video, and I really enjoyed that.

The video managed to tell a story really well. From the beginning when she is first looking into the briefcase to the different objects making an appearance throughout different parts of the video, it all flowed really nicely together. “Imperfect Parts” is also very aesthetically pleasing. I really liked the lighting that was used as Kyle was playing the instruments, as well as the scenes that took place in nature. I particularly liked the part where she is walking through the greenery, it looks so beautiful. It was really amazing that she was shown playing the instruments that are featured on this track in the video! It adds something to the music video and even shows a different part of her musical talents.

Of the song, Kyle admits:

I wrote Imperfect Parts when I fell in love with my best friend. The timing was awful, to be honest; my marriage had just failed, Covid had just started hitting the US, and I was still trying to figure out where the hell I was even going to live. I was still punishing myself daily for having married the wrong person and then letting them down. I hadn’t processed any of this, yet there I was on the phone with this other person, every single night for hours on end, somehow feeling for once like I actually did deserve some sort of joy. I hadn’t felt real joy in years. I had been a shell of a human constantly making compromises to avoid facing a harsh reality, which was that I had been living a life I didn’t belong in. 

This song wasn’t going to be on the record, originally. I had already written the whole thing and had no plans to add to it. One night though, I was sitting on the floor of my practice space after a long phone call with the person who is now my partner, and this whole song just sort of fell out of my brain. It didn’t take long to realize this was going to be the title track. It perfectly summed up all of the challenges that the whole record represents, and that’s self-forgiveness, acceptance and moving onward.

So, if you can’t get enough of Portland native, Vonnie Kyle, make sure to check her out and keep up with her upcoming releases.

Directed, filmed, and edited by Joshua Rivera (Rollstars Productions)
Produced by Joshua Rivera (Rollstars Productions) and Vonnie Kyle

riley owen releases enticing blend of talent in new track “camino”

riley owen releases enticing blend of talent in new track “camino”

Riley Owens just released his newest single, “Camino!” From the composition of the music to the lyrics of the song, every aspect of this single mixes perfectly together!

The guitar in the back of this track is amazing. It really adds something extra special to the already lyrically enriched song. Not only do the lyrics fit perfectly with the sound of the song, but his voice is the perfect match for all of the above. Overall, the quality of the song is amazing. It makes you feel like you are sitting on a beach somewhere. It has a relaxing and almost soothing sound, and I definitely believe that the guitar in the background adds to that feeling. 

The song being about an abrupt end to a new relationship, but still giving it this rather soothing vibe, is actually brilliant and I really like that! The song is almost like a warm blanket that is making you feel better during a hard time, such as a breakup, instead of making you feel angry and riled up.

Everyone should definitely be keeping an eye out for Riley Owens and his upcoming music. From his voice to his lyricism, he is a force to be reckoned with on his music journey!

payson lewis entertains with cinematic visuals in new video for “hotel suite”

payson lewis entertains with cinematic visuals in new video for “hotel suite”

Payson Lewis just released his newest music video for his song, “Hotel Suite!” The video has a cinematic edge that really makes you feel as if you were transported into a movie. 

Lewis himself played a couple of different characters in the video, which added a sort of comedy factor to it. Whether he was himself or one of the workers at the hotel, his persona throughout the video was absolutely colorful and really added to the movie-esque feel of the video. He played these characters really well and it was very entertaining! A cool aspect of this video was the vintage feel to it. From the layout of the screen to the coloration of the video, it was spot on! 

One of the greatest parts of this video was when they were transported out of the rundown, old, and dirty motel room, to what seemed to be their “perfect vacation.” This scene in the video was attention-grabbing and just so fun. It played with the theme of the song being how upon entering a hotel room, you can be anyone you want to be. 

If you enjoy the video for “Hotel Suite,” check out Payson Lewis on social media, as well as his debut album, Take Me Apart!

Directed by Colin H. Duffy

desert liminal utilizes transitions to make “watercolor” spectacular come to life

desert liminal utilizes transitions to make “watercolor” spectacular come to life

Desert Liminal just released their video for their song “Watercolor” from their upcoming LP Glass Fate, which comes out November 19. 

The transitions from the paintings to real life were one of my favorite features in this video. It definitely screamed, “life imitates art!” Creatively, it was a really smart decision to add that in because it really added something different into the video. It was really cool that the paintings being present in the video matched the lyrics as well, since they talk about a painter. 

The song itself has a meditative and vibey composition to it, which is portrayed rather well in the music video. It has a very nature-esque feel to it as well, and most of the shots take place in nature. In just about every scene of the video, there was some sort of nature competent present. Whether that be the real life outdoors, flowers in a vase, or a tapestry of a field on the wall, it is easy to tell that nature was a big inspiration here in this video. 

Make sure to check out Desert Liminal, as well as the music video for “Watercolor,” and be on the lookout for their LP Glass Fate on November 19! 

Written and performed by Desert Liminal 
Produced by Robby Haynes and Ziyad Asrar at Strange Magic Recording
Directed and Edited by Sarah Jane Quillin 
Paintings by Kerry Couch
Featuring Mallory Linehan and Kerry Couch

katelyn tarver utilizes a split-screen to take you on an emotional ride in new video for “nicer”

katelyn tarver utilizes a split-screen to take you on an emotional ride in new video for “nicer”

After the releases of her singles, “Shit Happens” & “All Our Friends Are Splitting Up” Katelyn Tarver just released a music video for her most recent relatable single, “Nicer.” In this split-screen video, the feeling of being emotionally drained from always trying to please everyone, to being happy with who she is now, were portrayed by Tarver perfectly. 

The concept of splitting the screen and having one going in reverse definitely added something special to the music video. The contrast in bright colors on the left side to the sad, blue tones on the right show exactly where she made it known that she is no longer the girl she used to be, and that is perfectly okay! Steering away from being a people pleaser is 100 percent not an easy thing to do, but this video and song are an amazing portrayal. 

I particularly liked the ending shot of her in the car driving carefree and happily on one side to sitting completely drained and unhappy on the other. The two different sides of her that are being seen here show just how happy she is being her and not caring that she has grown from being a people pleaser. This song should inspire others and let them know that it is okay to not want to always be the “Nicer” one in every situation. 

Director: Fiori (@fioricarmen)
DP: Patrick Jones (@patrick_jones)

Be sure you check out Katelyn Tarver’s upcoming album, Subject to Change, on November 12!