“Getting the Story Straight” is the second track off Washing Away’s Part Three – EP (2016), with lyrics about gossip and a confrontation over rumors of cheating. The video uses three sets of tin can telephones separated by a wall to illustrate different parts of the song (or story). The props and scenes are limited to what I could do alone in my apartment. Here’s how it worked.
I got six tin cans and punched holes in them to tie off the strings. I used three ten-foot lengths of string, because that’s maximum length where they would still work. according to the directions I found on the internet. I tangled up the strings on the floor and hitched the last string on a splinter from the door as if it was caught. I used two microphone stands to hold up my iPhone to film and to string up the tin can for my singing. I draped a tin can over my bass amp and plugged in my guitar. I was limited for what I could do for the percussion, so I just stomped on a 2×4 board that I kept around as a balance beam. Since there are two characters, but just me, I used two changes of clothes (including glasses). Lastly, the door between my bedroom and living room provided mysterious separation between the performer and listener.
I hope you enjoy it. You can click on “CC” in the video to see the lyrics.
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Pale Honey’s debut full-length album, Pale Honey (2015), popped up on iTunes’ Indie section in May. Their bouncy beats, simple riffs, and smooth vocals made it the best on the list. Their video for “Youth” shows off their music’s best qualities – it’s just generally good, minimalist rock. The video is stark black and white with the two women playing music and playing around. The band is in black and their instruments are white. The house is pretty empty except for an upright piano ornamented with a globe, but you’ll also see a lot of the amp and guitar.
The singer may shift in and out of focus as she murmurs the lyrics, but you can’t miss her hair. Their shiny locks were the highlight of the video. In almost every scene they’ve got hair in their face, are flipping it around, or just letting it fall all over – unbound, it just goes everywhere. This could totally be a hair care product commercial, but I’m glad it’s not. It’s just an attractive, straightforward music video.
For further viewing, check out Pale Honey’s video for “Fish” or more Video Appreciation posts. Feel free to e-mail me suggestions for other music videos you’d like to see covered. And if you like these posts, consider buying my music to support Write to Remember.
Video appreciation posts this year highlight and seek female musicians to inspire diversity in our music playing and listening pursuits.
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For her ninth solo studio album, Vulnicura‘s (2015), Björk (1965 – ) is bent over backward on stone with a large open wound in her chest. The music is a two-and-half-minute segment from “Family,” starting about three minutes in and closing with an modified ending that fades out faster than the album version. It opens with panning staccato strings and disjointed singing. Dissonant vocal harmony and booming, shaking percussion later add to the chaos. Slowly, the music calms as strings rise and change key. They create a swirling sound of sustained and quickly bowed strings. The music resolves with multiple vocal lines in a sort of call and response backed by deeper notes countering the high floating strings.
The video begins equally chaotically – the viewer sees a close-up view in quick cuts, zooming and spinning over the dark, shiny model of Björk on the stone. Flashing light accent the percussion. As the music changes, color is added to the landscape and her wound begins to gush purple. Björk replaces her model self under the purple. Yellow strands dance as she coaxes them out of her clothes and begins sewing up her wound. It slowly closes as the threads pull together with pearls and embroidery. With the wound closed, yellow strands emerge from the ground, cocooning her and the rock. The strands fall and she emerges in a yellow dress and walks away.
While Björk’s extensive video collection is all worth viewing, check out two other videos from Vulnicura, “Lionsong” and “Black Lake,” or more Video Appreciation posts. Please e-mail me suggestions for other music videos, too. And if you value Write to Remember, consider buying my music.
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“A New Wave” is the second single from Sleater-Kinney‘s (1994 – ) eighth album, No Cities to Love (2015). This upbeat anthem has a lot of attitude and guitar licks. The lyrics about making one’s own way harmonize triumphantly in the choruses, while the drums and guitars shred away in the bridge.
However, their collaboration with Bob’s Burgers is what made me take a peek at the video. It starts with Tina popping Sleater-Kinney’s CD in her pink boombox.The band suddenly appears playing in her room (horse figures and posters are all over). The camera throbs on the snare beat. Tina starts dancing, then Gene and Louise join in. The room fades out leaving the kids and band with a background of colorful changing patterns. In the second verse, the viewer just sees the singers face and mouth, before seeing Tina dance from inside her mouth. Louise punches the air to emphasize the guitar picking. As soon as the bridge kicks in, the color patterns ripple over everyone and highlighting the instruments. The ceiling in the restaurant is bouncing and dropping debris on Bob’s head as he cooks. At the end, the kids are dancing lined up with the band. The background turns yellow and the camera zooms out showing the guitar and microphone chords creating a horizon line, and the scene goes white with black outlines.
Check out Sleater-Kinney’s videos form “No Cities to Love” (2015) and “Jumpers” (2006), or more Video Appreciation posts. Please e-mail me suggestions for other music videos, too. And if you value Write to Remember, consider buying my music.
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“Disparate Youth” is Santigold‘s (1976 – ) third single from her second album, Master of My Make-Believe (2012). The dub-influenced electronic music was produced by Ricky Blaze and includes guitarwork by Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Nick Zinner. The introduction kicks off with a bright synthesizer arpeggio, before a syncopated bass line and intricate drumming brings the song into full swing. The snare cracks and the guitar shreds to give the song some edge. Additional synthesizer, echoing piano, and background vocals add layers throughout the song.
The video opens with dreamlike introduction, reversed footage of white confetti snowing on Santi in bed before she opens wide her pupil-less eyes. The viewer is then transported to a tropical land with animals and wild boys in white paint and a desolate whitewashed village. Santi appears, riding a motorcycle along the shore toward the village. She is wearing many rings including a large globe on her left hand. She reaches a dock to board a boat that will take her to the boys’ island. One spots her with binoculars and runs to get others. When she reaches the shore, they lead her to two boys sitting on a makeshift throne under an old tree. These boys lift their head though their eyes are closed. She extends her hand with the globe ring as they open their pupil-less eyes. The globe opens and we see fireworks in their faces. After the explosion, it is now dark and the boys sing along with the ending of the song.
Check out Santigold’s videos “Kicking Down Doors,” “The Keepers”, or more Video Appreciation posts. Please e-mail me suggestions for other music videos, too. And if you value Write to Remember, consider buying my music.
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