Happy Friday, folks!
Before we all go forth and weekend, we’re revisiting a few new videos that caught our eyes and our ears this week — bursts of color from Brooklyn’s latest indie darlings; an enchantingly eerie Cate Blanchett cameo; and a certain Twin Cities band at a certain tiny desk. Enjoy.
Sunflower Bean — “Come On” (Official Music Video)
If blindly listening to Sunflower Bean’s debut album Human Ceremony, it’s hard to believe that such a tour de force of psychedelic rock comes from a band comprised of only three members. Even harder to believe that just a few years ago that trio was still in high school. This week, the Brooklyn babes released the official music video for “Come On,” showcasing their talent and seemingly boundless musical energy. That energy, by the way, translates as much in a live performance as it does in a staged one, as proven in their recent KXT Live Session.
The Jayhawks — NPR Tiny Desk Concert
We’re suckers for stripped-down songs and tight-knit live performances. Thus, we were pretty stoked to see that The Jayhawks stopped by NPR recently for a Tiny Desk Concert. Watch the Minneapolis group play four tracks from their newest album, Paging Mr. Proust — a reference to Marcel Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time.
Massive Attack — “The Spoils” ft. Hope Sandoval
It should come as no surprise that a band known for their cinematic, contemporary, even Oscar-winning scores pairs beautifully (exquisitely, brilliantly, perfectly) with the haunting stage presence of actress/goddess Cate Blanchett. The band released their mini-experimental film, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), this week. It’s bleak. It’s unsettling. It’s mesmerizing. All hail, Queen Blanchett.
Local Natives — “Fountain of Youth” (Live from KCRW)
Not that we need another reason for it to be fall already, but Local Natives are releasing their much-anticipated third full-length album, Sunlit Youth, in September. Huzzah! And last week, the L.A. group performed a few of those new tracks live at their hometown studio KCRW for Morning Becomes Eclectic…and we’ve had the video on replay ever since.