You know the drill. We thought the title of this article was both self-explanatory AND a little creepy, as it takes us back to cinema in the days of black and white to call it a “moving picture.” YouTube was our best friend this month, with new gems from The Jellybricks, Juliette Goglia, Ryan Egan, Yoke Lore, Black Marble, and more!
Recently, Samuel Proffitt and Yoke Lore partnered on a track release, and we’re all about it. Seriously, take indie electronic musician Samuel Proffitt and pair him with the talents of indie alternative favorite Yoke Lore, and you’ve got the gorgeous, echoing sounds of “Stringnoise”. A meandering, delicate track, there is a hard-hitting quality to it, glittered with the magic of the season in each note.
We probably don’t have to convince you at this point, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
Lyrics: You can wait through the hours and days for the dark nights to find you Silicon weights on your neck every day don’t trigger the good man inside you Make it hot sweat, feel it in your chest Put it in a body maybe that will save us Before you get a heart, you gotta get taken apart
Keep up with Yoke Lore here and Samuel Proffitt here.
In a beautiful, seemingly-hazy atmosphere is where director Simon Dymond placed the wonderfully nostalgic video for “Scars” by Hazey Eyes and Yoke Lore. With dark tones and a simple feel to it all, “Scars” features the talents of actors Erin Kellyman, tom Blyth, and Bradley Badder in a way that allows their pure acting talent to evolve over the course of the video. It all starts out simple enough, but eventually some crazy things happen… and we’ve got to admit, it gets pretty intense.
In his latest music video, Brooklyn-based artist Yoke Lore sings in the midst of the rise and fall of an LGBTQ+ love story. But before that, the video shows how the romance blossomed, with beautiful shots of cuddles, kisses, and lunch dates. Everything seems perfect for them, until it isn’t. Flash forward to the fighting and silent treatments as we watch everything go down in flames. Literally.
At the end of the video, we see them place pieces of their relationship into a box before setting it all on fire. Director Noah Galvin (Yoke Lore’s brother and an LGBTQ+ actor) explains the meaning behind that intense ending:
Too often at the end of a relationship, be it romantic or otherwise, there is no real moment of farewell. Perhaps this is due to fear. I’d like to think goodbyes would be less scary if we ritualized them in some way. “Ride” is about giving a relationship a proper burial… punctuating an ending that often goes unpunctuated.
The video shows the importance of closure in order to move on from a relationship, or to move on from anything. The It’s heartbreaking, but it’s real. Yoke Lore says it best, delving deep into the intended message behind his song and its visuals:
Our fire is this fire. It is a fire to make something new where something had grown old. It’s a controlled burn of a portion of each self. You don’t want to scorch the earth, but dead things feed the future.
Listen to Yoke Lore’s EP, and be sure to catch him on his upcoming tour.