‘Let It Happen’ – Tame Impala
If you were to have a bad acid trip on Groundhog Day, I think the result would look something like Tame Impala’s ‘Let It Happen’ clip. By detailing the journey of a bewildered businessman as he is late for a flight, and a series of alternate narratives that each ultimately end in his death, this clip epitomises a fear of being trapped in a life of mundaneness.
‘Pedestrian at Best’ – Courtney Barnett
Australia’s sweetheart Courtney Barnett has taken the world by storm this year, and for good reason. The ‘Pedestrian at Best’ clip is a testament to her widespread appeal – which is essentially due to the fact that her lyrics and humble persona are so relatable. Premised on feelings of isolation and inadequacy, the clip is set at an average-looking local fair where Barnett was last years’ #1 clown. Despite her efforts, the crowd is no longer entertained and are only interested in the new kid on the block. The ironic image of a depressed clown alludes to an anxiety of how quickly our collective memory of something once revered can fade to disappointment, but personally I have a very hard time believing that Barnett’s talents will dissolve any time soon.
Watch our filmed Courtney Barnett gig here.
‘40 Oz. on Repeat’ – Fidlar
An ode to video clips passed, Fidlar’s “40 Oz. on Repeat” is an amalgam of parodies. In a pretty awkward but entertaining rendition of each, Fidlar re-create scenes from the likes of Missy Elliott, the Beastie Boys, Eminem, Devo, The Hives, Soundgarden, Weezer, Suicidal Tendencies, George Michael, Oasis, Korn, Sugar Ray, Jamiroquai, Green Day and of course Britney Spears.
Watch our interview with Fidlar here.
‘Half Dome’ – Toro Y Moi
What this clip lacks in linear narrative, it makes up for in its’ mesmerising aesthetic. A series of captivating time-lapse shots in California’s Yosemite National Park, this clip is the perfect accompaniment to the psychedelic good-vibe tunes of Toro Y Moi’s ‘Half Dome’.
‘Taman Shud’ – The Drones
Dark, disarming, terrifying, jolting, invigorating – the clip is precisely what one would expect from Australia’s ‘The Drones’. Telling it exactly how he sees it, Liddiard adopts costumes of ANZAC soldiers and Australian Police with montage shots of essentially all that disgusts him about contemporary Australian society – including the mining industry, racist nationalism, the media, refugee policy, and Masterchef. After viewing, it’s difficult to know whether to feel entertained, offended, inspired, or all of the above.
Watch The Drones live at The Metro here.
‘Sound & Colour’ – Alabama Shakes
Alabama Shakes pair the phenomenal title track of their 2015 album with an equally captivating video. The clip details a confused man as he wakes up alone on a spacecraft, isolated with his memories of a family on earth. Cinematographically mesmerizing, the only draw card is that the song and video are only three minutes long – creating more questions than it answers and ready to inspire an existential crises upon us mere earthly viewers.
Watch their full Metro Theatre Sydney set here.
‘Pretty Machines’ – Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts’ super-catchy Bowie-vibing single ‘Pretty Machine’s’, off their 2014 album Content Nausea slyly qualifies for our list as the video was released in January of this year. Directed by Austin Brown with Johann Rashid, this clip resonates with anyone pretending to be an adult (all of us?), with montaged double-exposed shots of the protagonist donning a fake moustache to attempt a few sit ups, do the washing up, and walk the streets of New York like a real human person.
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Fidlar is a skate punk/garage punk band from Los Angeles California, currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US, Wichita Recordings in the UK and Dine Alone Records in Canada. The band's name is an acronym for 'Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk', a skate mantra gleaned from singer Zac Carper's former roommates.
Courtney Melba Barnett (born 3 November 1987) is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris. International interest from the UK and North American music press came with the
“I woke up this morning thinking I sure hope I meet some nice Aussies who want to rock and roll with me tonight” – singer Brittany Howard Brittany, we’d rock and roll with you anytime. Alabama Shakes’ debut record ‘Boys & Girls’ arrived like a lightning bolt last year, seducing us with its bluesy rock
The Drones are an Australian rock group influenced by an eclectic bunch of bands and soloists including Neil Young, The Velvet Underground, Bad Brains, Suicide, Green on Red, The Birthday Party, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone, but have forged a unique sound of their own that is at once excoriating and exhilarating.
Toro y Moi is a project of columbia, South Carolina native and resident, Chazwick Bundick. in 2009, Bundick earned a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of South Carolina. Chaz Bundick’s methods are constantly evolving. While heavily influenced by his parent’s vinyl and tape collection, his contemporary influences are Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, J