Gather ye round, minstrels of good music! It’s time to watch some videos that are bad for your brain cells!
HAIM-If I Could Change Your Mind
As of Laneway, I’m a super-dedicated HAIM fan, and will defend them to the death, unless they start releasing shitty music, in which case I’ll pretend I’ve never heard of them. As it is, HAIM are at the music video point in the album cycle, with the most recent piece being for the excellent cut ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’. What is already a glorious pop number gets shifted into Michael Jackson levels of stardom, albeit with a strong sheen of Runaways spunk. That Las Vegas sign sealed the deal for me: I’m semi-thinking of becoming a stalker of this group.
The Horrors-I See You
Although technically a lyric video, the psychedelic water splashes make this video invigorating. And it’s new stuff from The Horrors, so of course I was going to talk about it to the Internet.
‘I See You’ is having mixed reactions for me, causing an inner turmoil not felt since a good friend of mine said they liked the Star Wars prequels. On the one hand, ‘I See You’ is undeniably amazing. It’s epic, but not pretentious, lush, but not confusing, and full of emotion and zest. It sounds like a mix of POND with City Calm Down, and that’s gut-wrenchingly, stomach-churningly beautiful. ‘I See You’ is great, and because of its length, the song continues to unfold and expand. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, plot twist, it does.
However, that last point is also the problem. The song shifts so dramatically from start to finish, but there isn’t really any logic behind the movements. It’s like The Horrors are trying to be Radiohead, but its not really working with the same consistency as they probably would’ve liked. Whereas you could listen to ‘Paranoid Android’ a couple million times, ‘I See You’ probably won’t have the same effect.
And now for something completely different: Minneapolis’ Real Numbers. These guys were fucking fantastic when they came down for Sound Summit late last year, so seeing that they have a clip for their amazeballs track ‘Ordeal’ is nice. Basically, it’s a Psychedelic Furs album cover that’s come to life with the help of some simple garage rock ‘n’ roll. Gorgeous, like an Alaskan sunset, or a 2-for-1 deal at the local kebab shop.