What could be more appropriate for the Sunday morning of long weekend than a catchy tune that mines a rich vein of ’80s Electronic Dance Pop, with lyrics that you don’t have to think too hard about, and a video that’s pleasantly akin to an acid trip blowing up in your face? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. This week we are featuring Danish art rock band Mew, and a clip for the song “85 Videos” — the upcoming single from the band’s seventh album, Visuals. New Things! Yay!
The hallucinatory visuals for “85 Videos” were directed by Mew’s front man, Jonas Bjerre — who made his debut in this capacity on the group’s 2015 album +- (plus minus). Speaking about the new clip, Bjerre reveals, “I’ve been working a lot with kaleidoscopes lately. You have an image, or a sequence of images, and you snip out an angle, mirror it, and repeat it in a 360-degree angle. It’s a beautiful thing, because almost no matter the state of the original image, it ends up a beautiful, symmetrical, indefinable something. A picture of your messy desk turns into a strange flower. I like that you can’t really envision what it will look like until you see it. I think our music is a bit like that too, even as we’re working on it.” Fascinating.
Mew Are: Jonas Bjerre, Silas Utke Graaae Jorgensen, Johan Wohlert
He continues, “I made a bunch of sequences and crafted them into these ever-changing ‘faces’ that I then video-projected on to our actual faces. It’s like wearing a mask made out of photons. You can say a lot of philosophical stuff about masks – but don’t worry, I’m not going to.” Visuals is Mew’s first new music since their 2015 release. A press release calls “85 Videos” a “…dream-pop landscape of pop sensibilities enveloped in swathes of 80s-influenced synths. From the outset, “85 Videos” exudes a familiar expansive backdrop, lush instrumentation coupled with rousing vocals and a euphoric pop brilliance that is part of Mew’s DNA. Twenty years into its career, Visuals sees the band retain the irrepressible ebullience of a band working on its debut album.” Nice. Visuals is set for release on April 28th, 2017 on Play It Again Sam Records. Enjoy!
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 whichactual 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!
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Jackie Meier’s inaugural exhibition Razzmatazz. Opulent color and dynamic line define Meier’s oil paintings. The artist transforms several of her canvases into kaleidoscopic twists of energy radiating from a center core.
Others become puzzles of overlapping planes of color, some fractured and geometric, and some more fluid and organic. Meier paints exclusively on square canvases, which function either as single paintings or as parts of larger compositions consisting of multiple panels, as in the nine-panel painting Belgium Fence (2012, see top photo), the largest in the exhibition.
Razzmatazz is a transformative body of work in its in scale, complexity, and exuberance, and signals the maturation of Jackie Meier’s journey, which has gathered an impressive momentum.
Razzmatazz By Jackie Meier will be on Exhibit through May 4th, 2013, at Nancy Margolis Gallery, Located at 523 W 25th St. New York NY 10001. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10: 00 AM – 6:00 PM.