aya nakamura, “plus jamais”

aya nakamura, “plus jamais”

When a French artist teams up with a British rapper, a bilingual, chart-topping, a smash like “Plus Jamais” (which translates to “Never Again” in English) is likely to ensue.  To make matters even more exciting, the duo just dropped the spinning video that accompanies the track, which shows the two artists alone in separate rooms struggling to come to terms with the end of a relationship but recognizing that it is probably the best thing to do.  Throughout the entire thing, both of them work to recognize the importance of getting up and moving on but find it to be a daunting challenge.  While one seems to be experiencing regret in giving so much of herself to the relationship, the other is worried that she will find love elsewhere.

With clever artistic choices throughout, the “Plus Jamais” visual is a must-see.  It is easy to see why the track has had the success that it has.  Not only does it combine two powerful stars and two languages, but it also tells a story using vulnerabilities and frustrations on top of a sentimental instrumental.  “Plus Jamais” is an all-encompassing feels trip. 

Nakamura says of collaborating with Stormzy: “I was so honored Stormzy said ‘yes’ immediately. I was especially interested in his distinct singing voice. I wanted him to bring that sweetness to the track.”

eivør, “only love”

eivør, “only love”

Fierce electronica artist Eivør has released “Only Love” from her new album Segl, which also happens to be accompanied by a stunning visual.  Featuring vocals from Ásgeir, “Only Love” is a mystical and entrancing track about how powerful it is to be in the gravitational pull of love.  The song’s illustrative lyrics paint a vivid picture of what it looks like to be so deep and in love.  It is full of clarity in that the feeling of love is really the only thing that can make you feel both so fragile and so powerful at the same time.  The electrifying sonics and strong melodies pull you right into the intensity of not only love, but the track itself.  “Only Love” is the perfect combination of haunting production and intriguing lyrics made to enthrall every listener.

Eivør says of the process of creating the track:

I wrote the lyrics with David Hopkins and when this song was written I thought about “love” and all the things it makes us do. I will never get tired of writing about this subject. It’s the most complex and yet the most basic of all things. It has so many shapes and shades and on this life journey it takes us through the whole palette of emotions. It’s both strong and fragile at once. It breaks us and makes us whole.

jenny banai, “couchwalker on film”

jenny banai, “couchwalker on film”

One object might particularly stand out the first time you watch couchwalker on film. I may or may not be speaking of the large brown couch placed in the middle of the set. Before you judge the couch, however, know that the couch is important. The inclusion of the couch is in fact, very intentional, and speaks to songwriter Jenny Banai’s individuality as an artist. 

If you’ve recently been searching for a raw, emotional and authentic performance to satisfy your winter cravings, you might want to reconsider watching that two and a half hour long drama and indulge in Jenny Banai’s twenty minute film instead. With strong musicality, a clear vision and an empty warehouse-turned-living room, the British Columbia native imparts a true unconventional masterpiece. 

After selecting various segments from her recent album, couchwalker, Banai and her team (including film director, Matej Balaz; and choreographers and dancers, Joanna Anderson and Kezia Rosen) present the tracks in a refreshing light, accompanied by visual representation. The resulting project features pleasing color coordination, purposeful fashion choices, and strategic bodily movements (fingers included)– providing an intimate explanation of Banais’ most personal questions and convictions. 

In today’s world with the absence of live performances, Banai hoped to give an opportunity for fans to connect with her album on a deeper level. Throughout the short film, we are acquainted with an inquisitive yet glamorous girl, a melancholy yet daring girl, and there is both stagnancy and variety to her story. Banai creates a story we can all relate to.

jenny march, “all in”

jenny march, “all in”

Are you a 90’s baby nostalgic for some butterfly hair clips and group choreography music video scenes in a warehouse setting? Then go relish in the stunning 90s inspired official music video for “All In” from rising singer/songwriter Jenny March, the second single off Jenny’s forthcoming 2021 EP, about meeting someone and the type of chemistry that flows strong from the start.

Directed by Colton Tran, and inspired by Jenny’s own 90’s baby memories, the theme and visual aesthetic is a giant salute to the music, fashion, imagery and style of that dreamy decade. Written about that ride or die love of your life, “All In” encompasses that power couple type of romance that makes you feel like you can conquer the world together. No obstacle stands in the way of the love shared, as both parties are “all in” no matter what.

This Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based songstress is a self-proclaimed “open book” and writes lyrics like she’s texting. Her sound and vibe is pure pop, but her aim lyrically is to be honest and unafraid to allow fans, particularly her female fans, to not be afraid of living unapologetically and having just as much fun as anyone else.

Keep up to date with Jenny and her future pop bobs by following her Spotify and Instagram

animal years, “white flag” (joseph cover)

animal years, “white flag” (joseph cover)

While “White Flag” is originally a fast-tempo triumph by Oregon-based trio Joseph about shutting out the noise of the world and putting one foot in front of the other, Animal Years, an indie band from Brooklyn, have released their updated take on the track. Recorded live in Nashville, the band’s cover could not be coming at a more opportune time. Putting one foot in front of the other has sort of become a motto the world has been trying to live by the entire year, and Animal Years are no different.  

The live cover features a significantly slowed down tempo, one that brings the audience closer to not only the band’s performance but the lyrics of the song as well. The personalized aspect is an important part of the music listening experience, especially for a song with a message like this one. As the track brings you close to the band, it begins to feel as though the band themselves are whispering in your ear and giving you the push you need to keep going.  With a tune layered with beautiful harmonies and gentle guitar strums, Animal Years are here for you.

The video was recorded live at Marathon Music Works. Animal Years has admired Joseph since seeing their Tiny Desk session in 2017.

Check it out on your preferred streaming platform!

music videos worth the watch in | december 2020

music videos worth the watch in | december 2020

We’re tired. We just got really real with the title on this one. We surf through hundreds of submissions a day – and look through another bunch of other, unsubmitted, work via the internet. We know what’s out, what’s new, and what’s captivating us.

So today, we’re sharing our favorite new videos of December. And we’re encouraging you to bookmark this page and come back, as we will add to the list throughout the month.

We are literally preparing the content to play on your projector while simulating a fancy New Year’s party in your basement this year.

It’s ok. Same. But in my 3rd floor walkup with the cats.