Wow, it’s mind-blowing to realize that almost four years have passed since Cut Copy last graced The Gig’sVideo Clip of the Week column — and yet, that is the case. Too long, I say! So, it is our pleasure to host the Australia-based, electronic dance band’s triumphant return to our select Sunday Jam with the track “Airborne” — which a press release confirms is the first single release from Cut Copy since 2013! As you will soon see, it was worth the wait.
This ambitious and visually engaging video (directed Gerson Aguerri of the Barcelona-based production company Canada) begins with a mysterious shooting star cascading across the sky, which goes unnoticed by Cut Copy lead vocalist Dan Whitford, who is deeply-immersed in composing a new song on his keyboard. What does distract him though is an attack of the midnight munchies and, upon finding nothing appealing in the fridge, he heads out for a late-night snack. Whitford’s quest turns cosmic as he hits the city streets, where a trip to the local diner turns into an episode of Twin Peaks before you can say “This Ketchup is Stuck in the Bottle!” — which nobody actually says, but you’ll get my meaning when you see the clip. My favorite parts are during the chorus, where Whitford sings the line “That don’t stop me!” while moving through a corridor of colored light bars that looks like an elaborate Dan Flavin installation. Excellent. Aurally, the track is more guitar-driven than material found on their 2013 release, Free Your Mind, but is still a distinctly Cut Copy creation.
Whitford reveals that, “The video for ‘Airborne’ is probably the most interesting and most challenging that I’ve ever been involved in. It was shot in Barcelona, all through the night for three days running and culminated with a final scene with me having not slept for 24 hours, and playing a piano on the back of a moving truck. To say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience is no understatement! Despite the sleep deprivation, Gerson and his team at Canada did a fantastic job bringing this surreal story to life.”
Initially Whitford’s a home-recording project, Cut Copy now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). “Airborne” is Cut Copy’s first release on the Astralwerks label. Enjoy!
A fried chicken drumstick, eagerly consumed while dancing at an (apparent) retirement party/rave, becomes a deadly weapon for one man in the video for “Techno Clique,” from Texas-based uber-chill electronic dance band, Neon Indian. Surely, no one can accuse this band of not having any original ideas for its videos! Vocalist Alan Palomo (who, it must be said, is very easy on the eyes) plays a club DJ presiding over the celebratory festivities when things go wrong under the spinning mirror ball, and the man-of-the-hour requires the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the threatening hunk of meat. But who can stop dancing long enough to perform the Hug of Life? Like a British Soap opera, it’s lots more fun than it sounds, and who doesn’t love a chill mix that you can groove to? Today, please let “Techno Clique” (from the group’s latest release, VEGA INTL. Night School), be your morning jam. Enjoy!
Neon Indian’s Current US Tour Dates Are:
4/17 – Atlanta, GA – Sunset Series @ Park Tavern
5/06 – New York, NY – The Grid NYC
5/14 – Dallas, TX – HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival
6/23 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight Series
6/25 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
7/15-17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
I love 80s Dance Music as much as anyone, but something I enjoy just slightly more than that is looking at actor Alexander Skarsgard in various states of undress. Cut Copy’s new video for their awesome song, “Free Your Mind” satisfies in both of those categories. In this video, Skarsgard plays an enigmatic spiritual leader, based in a beautiful paradise retreat, who’s guiding a group of followers to ‘free their minds’ in various ways. I love that Cut Copy turn out a transcendent groove while actually remembering to do the song. It is even worth enduring Skarsgard’s bad wig to see him flaunt his shirtless, smoking hot body in a pair of tighty whities. “Free Your Mind” is the title song to Cut Copy’s fourth album, due out November 5th, 2013 on Loma Vista/Modular Records. Enjoy!
Hello and welcome to Video Clip of The Week! This week’s featured video clip also qualifies 100% as a Pink Thing of the Day, because it is just so effing pink. Oh, the Pinkness. Their love of Pink aside, Night Club has a fascinating pedigree, being comprised of Keyboardist Mark Brooks (a co-director of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse as well as videos by Slayer and Danzig, among others) and singer Emily Kavanaugh, whose dad is the keyboard player in the legendary Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
“Strobe Light” gets everything right for what it aims to accomplish, competing fiercely with the very best of what we used to call “Rock of The Eighties” nearly 30 years ago, but is today considered the greatest hits of Depeche Mode and New Order. Anchored by insistent keyboard hooks and a beat that cannot be denied, “Strobe Light” is the “Satisfaction” of modern club music. Kavanaugh’s vocals also remind me of early Madonna (Think: “Borderline”). Win-win!
“Strobe Light” is the second single from Night Club’s sophomore release, Love Casualty — which is also a very ’80s title! Recommended highly for fans of Dance Music That Does Not Suck, you can keep up with their latest shows and events by ‘Liking” their FaceBook Page. Enjoy!