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Video Clip of The Week: Beliefs, “Leave With You”

If you were raised on the music of bands — as diverse as The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Queen or even The Sex Pistols — that embraced the concept of melody as being a core-value of their sound, you may have had a falling out with the increasing phenomena in modern music (and it has been going on for about 20 years now) where a band has virtually no fucking idea what melody even is. Emo bands are particularly heinous offenders. Seriously, I have to sift through maybe 2 dozen new video clips each week just to find one with a bit of melody in it. This week, the clip that stood out to me as transcendently melodic to the high standards I have set for this columns is called “Leave With You” by a Toronto-based duo (!) called Beliefs.

Aurally, the pummeling, Keith Moon-style drumming which propels this track into the realm of greatness may cause some to call foul on my melodic-quality-claims, but if you think that only slow music has melody, you need to get out of town right now, because you have no grasp of music, and I am embarrassed for you. I also enjoy how the bed of soft, somewhat indistinct vocals flow in and around the sharper edges of the rhythm tracks. The hard/soft dynamic: you are doing it right.

Visually, “Leave With You” encourages imaginative extrapolation by presenting the viewer with an attractive, artistic minimalism that strikes a compelling balance between performance art and commercial imaging. Also, a party appears to start around the 2:15 mark, and parties are fun. Watching “Leave With You” makes me want to go shopping at Uniqlo, a store where I always have a happy experience, even when I purchase nothing.

“Leave With You” can be found on Beliefs‘ sophomore album, Leaper, out now via the Hand Drawn Dracula label. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Beliefs Band
Beliefs are Jesse Crowe and Josh Korody

Video Clip of The Week: Wish, “Nothing to Say”

It’s somewhat funny that last week’s video clip was referred to by me as being “Kaleidoscopic,” and yet this week we are featuring a video in which actual images from a kaleidoscope are used. So, random!

“Nothing to Say” by Toronto psychedelic quartet Wish fills me with that happy-yet-wistful feeling that comes with reluctantly accepting the inevitable end of summer, but I think it might also be appropriate to soundtrack a romantic breakup that you are secretly relieved about.

Managing to narrowly skirt the minor chord melancholy, “Nothing to Say” comes from Wish’s self-titled debut album, which hit the street on August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula records. Recommended if you share my taste in excellent music (see previous video clips of the week) or liked The Flaming Lips and Beck back when they were considered “Indie,” Wish can be purchased at This Link. Enjoy!

Wish Cover Art