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Video Clip of The Week: Digitalism, “Utopia”

Here’s a stone groove for you body and mind: “Utopia,” the epic new single from German duo Digitalism, and its accompany, mind-expanding video. Directed by Japanese artist Yoshi Sodeoka – famed for his neo-psychedelic work with artists such as Beck and Tame Impala – the talented director takes the viewer on a trippy, kaleidoscopic journey through dreamscapes and nature, bringing the duo’s musical vision to life, while expanding on the identity of their new album Mirage, which is out now.

Sodeoka explains, “When approaching the video for “Utopia” I was drawn to the golden spiral as a representation for infinity, which to me suggests the possibility of an ideal social condition without any limitations on its inhabitants.” Nice.

Mirage  reached Number 1 on Hype Machine and Essential New Tunes on BBC Radio 1 within its first week of release, and continues to pave the way for this incredible new collection of work.  Digitalism are on the road in the US and Canada in late May/early June. Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
05/24 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
05/25 – Shelter – Detroit, MI
05/26 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
05/27 – L’Astral – Montreal, QC
05/28 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
06/01 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
06/03 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

Digitalism Utopia

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Video Clip of The Week: Cosmic Gate, “am2pm”



I propose that the ideal time to watch and groove to the video for “am2pm” by trance duo Cosmic Gate is just pre-dawn, when you are minutes away from hitting the bed hard after a night of full-on clubbing followed by a delicious, greasy breakfast at the 24-hour diner. Imagine the colorful dreams it would inspire!  It is hard to go wrong when you are presenting time-lapse video, and the shifting landscapes — from Death Valley to Los Angeles and back to the Grand Canyon — open up a magnificent headspace to just let the music sink in and do its thing. High-fives all around on this one.

Cosmic Gate is comprised of German producers Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems. With a career spanning well over a decade, the duo have created some of trance’s defining singles, including classics such as “Be Your Sound,” “Fire Wire” and “Exploration of Space.” The globetrotting video was directed by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, and “am2pm,” is the first single from Cosmic Gate’s mix compilation series Wake Your Mind Sessions 002, available now via WYM Records (Black Hole Recordings). Enjoy!

AM2PM Screen Shot

Interesni Kazki’s Sacred Gravitation at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Temple of the Time (AEC)
Temple of the Time, By AEC of Interesni Kazki (All Photos By Gail)

You have just one more week to see the amazing paintings of Interesni Kazki in the exhibit Sacred Gravitation, up now at Jonathan Levine on West 20th Street.

The Last Day of the Babylon
The Last Day of the Babylon

Interesni Kazki is a duo currently based in Kiev who also go by their respective aliases AEC and Waone, as noted on some of my photo captions. Painting together for over 15 years, they are pioneers of the graffiti movement in Eastern Europe.

The Last Day of the Babylon Detail
The Last Day of the Babylon, Detail

With an aesthetic that has evolved from traditional graffiti writing to allegorical and figurative compositions, their work invites viewers to consider the spiritual side of the universe.

The Great Colonizer
The Great Colonizer

When translated to English, their name means Interesting Fairytale. Renowned for their imaginative imagery – inspired by science, religion, mythology, folklore and history – each piece is created in an attempt to look beyond the bounds of what is visible and present a new perception of the world. The new body of work presented in Sacred Gravitation comprises intricately detailed paintings and drawings that merge physical and spiritual elements reflecting on the nature of existence.

Spark of Life (WAONE)
Spark of Life (WAONE), and Detail Below

Spark of Life (WAONE) Detail

Anthropologist and curator Dr. Rafael Schacter articulately describes, “The celestial, allegorical paintings of Interesni Kakzi attempt to bring both the spiritual and the mystical into the everyday. Intertwining folk-history and religious imagery with science fiction and fantasy, they present the viewer with a profusion of mysterious narratives and visual fables, which they must attempt to enter into and disentangle.

Trick (WAONE)
Trick (WAONE)

Inspired as much by artists such as Dali and Moebius as they are by the Ukrainian muralist tradition and native fairy tales, Interesni Kazki have thus formed a style of contemporary muralism with a transcendental, emotive aesthetic at its core, a popular, ethereal form of public art.”

Trick (WAONE) Detail
Trick (WAONE) Detail, Above and Below

Trick (WAONE) Detail

Interesni Kazki’s Sacred Gravitation will be on Exhibit Through February 6th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Interesni Kazki Signage

Video Clip of The Week: Night Club, “Need You Tonight”



This Week The Worley Gig is on Vacation in lovely Bermuda and doesn’t want to have to think too much. That is why we are bringing you the first-ever Video Clip of The Week encore appearance from a band Previously Featured here on the site, that band being the electronic duo Night Club. You’re welcome.

With Night Club, featuring Keyboardist Mark Brooks and gorgeous singer Emily Kavanaugh you know you are going to get a knock out performance with dynamite visuals and the duo’s spot-on cover on the INXS hit, “Need You Tonight” delivers on all levels.

Watch for more new music from Night Club coming in September! Enjoy!
NightClub
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Video Clip of The Week: Painted Palms, “Forever”



This here is what you call a Guilty Pleasure, because while the song “Forever” is super groovy in an electronic-version-of-The Beatles kind of way, I also just like looking at this guy’s face. I enjoy watching him dip his arms shoulder-deep in black paint and fling it all over — sexy — and cavort with an antlered deer skull. Plus the cheesy Tron-esque video effects evoke a profoundly nostalgic feeling for that seriously underrated film. But mostly, it’s about his ridiculously kissable mouth. Painted Palms are the duo of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme (hot singer seen in above video), who collaborate across long distances and expand to a five-piece band for live shows. Worleygig.com votes them Band of The Year for 2014. No further applications for this title will be accepted.

“Forever” is taken from Painted Palms’ LP of the same name, which is out now and can be purchased at This Link. Enjoy!

Painted Palms Band

Video Clip of The Week: Weeknight, “Dark Light”



“Dark Light” by the brooding, soulful, electronic duo called Weeknight is like watching a complete film by David Lynch in under four minutes. Weeknight are Holly and Andy from NYC and they pull off the rare combination of pretty faces and real musical talent even when wearing glow-in-the-dark Day of The Dead/Corpse Paint. Weeknight will digitally release their debut album, Post-Everything on Artificial Records on March 4th, vinyl release date TBA. Pre-order the album at This Link Enjoy!

Weeknight Post Everything Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: The Noise Figures, “Out of Your Mind”



Proving once again that you can make a big sound with just drums and guitar, The Noise Figures, a power duo from Athens, Greece, bring a sweet rockin’ groove to today’s Video Clip of The Week. I hear a Sixties-era, San Francisco/Garage Rock vibe is this tune about losing one’s mind, and the band’s label, Inner ear Records, seems to concur. They describe the duo’s music as combining, “deceptively simple chords and patterns with hazy walls of feedback” and “Restless fuzz guitars flirting with old-fashioned garage [rock], but also with contemporary blues, amps with plenty of spring reverb and dirty over-driven vocals.” All that sounds right on to me, and I admit it’s refreshing to read a press release that isn’t all full of bullshitty buzzwords and hype. I also liked this recommendation that, “The Noise Figures is best listened loud and is the ideal soundtrack for escaping the urban boundaries by car.” Agreed!

The Noise Figures sing in English-as-a-second-language-stye English and the Asian subtitles are confusing, but you’ll get the gist of the song after just one listen. Hopefully, you’ll hit repeat a few times. Also, if you live in an area where it is currently very cold, this video features the guys driving around in an RV with lots of images of the beach, the desert and swimming pools, so that might make you feel a bit warmer. Find out more about The Noise Figures, and buy their music, at This Link. Enjoy!

Noise Figures CD Cover