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Gustaf have released a new Beck directed video for ‘Close,’ a sophisticated snapshot of the paranoia and urgency that the Brooklyn no wave / post-punk band exudes. “One of the unexpected gifts that came out of the formation of this band is our friendship with Beck” notes Gustaf. “He was one of our early champions before we even really knew what we were doing. That early encouragement helped cement us on a path and ease into a greater sense of confidence as we moved the project forward. It has been such a joy knowing him since our first meeting and an even greater thrill to have been able to work with him on this video and get a closer look at his creative process. He brings such a wealth of knowledge and dedication to everything he does and this video is a reflection of his vision.“

An enigmatic force of the underground music scene, Jazmin Bean mesmerizes fans with the music video release of ‘Shit Show’. Self-directed alongside visionary filmmaker Zak Watson, ‘Shit Show’ brings viewers on a cinematic journey into the surreal world of Jazmin Bean, combining dazzling cityscapes, muted 90s aesthetics, and hauntingly beautiful melodies. “I always envisioned myself falling in the video since I began to make the song, since it’s about a truly unpleasant human and relationship I wanted to just be as far away from as possible when it was over. I think the falling is a good representation of that,” says Jazmin on the visual direction of the new music video. “I wanted to land on my feet, as a sort of thing, like, you can’t keep me down no matter how low you take me. I also loved the Placebo video where he walks down the building. I wanted to have a twist like that.”

Irish alt-rock band Sick Love release their latest single ‘Don’t Wait’, a powerful anthem ahead of their much-anticipated debut album release, Champagne. ‘Don’t Wait’ encapsulates the band’s message of resilience and moving forward from past heartbreaks. According to Sick Love, the song reflects the liberating feeling of letting go and embracing newfound freedom. They expand: “‘Don’t Wait’ is about realising that you’ve finally moved on from that person who broke your heart, and they no longer take up space in your head. When you realise that it wasn’t meant to be and you’ve stopped holding on to what might have been, you can finally let yourself be free.”

Toronto artist Housewife tackles heartbreak on lead single ‘Wasn’t You’, a dreamy ballad with a pop-rock edge. The track is released alongside a music video featuring Housewife surrounded by roses, idealizing love, with the artist eventually destroying everything around them in a rage. When reflecting on the track, Housewife shares: “’Wasn’t You’ is about the trials and tribulations of dating men- specifically as a queer / afab person. it can be really frustrating to find someone you like / are attracted to but know there’s a lot of patriarchal shit they need to unlearn, and it can be hard when there’s also a lot of gender envy and maybe even resentment tied up in that as well. I wrote this song in Nashville with Bobbie Allen (young summer) and Carrie K. I remember it being a lot of fun, kind of just hanging out with two old sisters and gossiping and complaining about my love life. But it ended up turning into an awesome song. I then recorded it with Gabe Simon, Carrie, and Konrad Snyder a few months ago, and we ended up taking it in this really fun fuzzy, sludgy direction. it was also one of my first songs where i felt empowered to play all the guitars myself, which was really cool!” [via Canadian Beats]

Self-categorising her music as “Nightmare Pop”, American alternative-pop artist, tiLLie has carved out a niche and unique sound by effortlessly marrying bright, ear-worm pop melodies with brooding lyrics tackling cutting subjects from the heart of her Southern American upbringing. Now, as the rising star approaches the release of her EP tiLLieverse, tiLLIe continues to blaze a trail within the music industry with latest single, ‘pray t0 god’. Opening with a set of fairytale-esque set of instrumentals, as the track unfolds, the glittering production slowly gives way to angry percussion and raucous riffs. Against the backdrop of the multi-layered and enigmatic production lies tiLLie’s angst-ridden vocals, a shining highlight of the track that appropriately addresses the track’s subject matter with a gritty intensity, perfectly emblematic of tiLLie’s bold and unapologetic musical style. Married with tiLLie’s vibrant and lurid lyricism, ‘pray t0 god’ is an uncompromising almost-punk track that is brimming with sharp edges and chaotic unpredictability. Speaking on the visuals and their inspiration, tiLLie explains, “For years there has been an abusive figure in my family who has inflicted pain on not just their partner, but all of us. Although I’ve managed to heal and build a healthy life for myself, knowing that my family is still under his control makes it hard for me to feel grounded in the newfound peace I’ve created. The music video for ‘pray t0 god’ depicts the emotional duality of feeling prisoner to the effects of this abuser while simultaneously trying to embrace this healthy, empowered era in my healing journey.” [via Wonderland]

Daphne Guinness unveils a mesmerising visual for her new single ‘Time’, created with her regular collaborator, filmmaker and photographer David LaChapelle. The video, captured in stylish and timeless monochrome, features a rare cameo appearance from the director himself. Its release marks the second single from Guinness’s forthcoming album, Sleep, to be accompanied by a video directed by LaChapelle, following ‘Volcano’ earlier this year. ‘Time’ is a song which sparkles with theatricality, melodrama and nostalgia: all qualities accentuated by Daphne’s razor-sharp enunciation and vocal elegance as she delivers lyrics primed with grandeur and consequence, yet there’s also a playfulness amongst the poignancy. The track’s production also toys between the classic and the contemporary, first blossoming as a classic torch song before a swooning, string-assisted disco beat kicks in. It’s also notable for being a song that was directly influenced by David La Chappelle. Daphne says, “David called me up and said he wanted a timeless song. So I thought, okay, I’m going to write a song about time. Time is something that fascinates me. I went to a deep mediation centre in Sedona, Arizona and they attached electrodes to my head to monitor my brainwaves, during one of these sessions the phrase ‘All of the clichés are true’ suddenly came to me. I started laughing. Apparently my brainwaves went nuts. I just had to put it in the song. Being able to own all the clichés is good, and they are true, there’s a reason for them.” LaChappelle’s video for ‘Time’ turns the clock back to Berlin in the 1930s. The setting is backstage at a cabaret and tensions are running high, leading to a violent conflict between Daphne’s character and a club boss – played by David himself. But the show must go on. Daphne’s performance is beguiling and magnetic: her star quality enamouring an audience of larger-than-life characters. Yet a little of that earlier schism remains…

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