MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of FUNKILLER’S “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies” Video

After a decade of work in Gainesville, Fla., FUNKILLER is finally set to release entrancingly lush sophomore album Tropical Depression on September 28 via LaunchLeft.

FUNKILLER is led by reclusive singer/songwriter David Gordon, who’s been championed by the likes of Wayne Coyne and Moon Unit Zappa, and his forthcoming album is a hypnotic blend of moody pop, neo-soul and ethereal rock ‘n’ roll. Guests on the LP include Rain Phoenix (Aleka’s Attic, Venus And The Moon) and Dave Lebleu (Mercury Program). In the lead up to Tropical Depression, FUNKILLER has dropped a couple of singles (“Divided Highway” and “Rattlesnake Freight Train”), and now Gordon unveils a new video for “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies.”

“‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecies’ is philosophical in nature,” says Gordon of the echoey, two-minute ballad. “A surrealistic song that crests and troughs between bookends. It’s about the fluidity of life and death, the magnificence and frivolousness in existence, and the alluring intangibility of the human spirit.”

As for the animated video, which was directed by visual artist Cody Wicker and animator Odni Lim, “it’s more of a modernist art piece,” says Gordon.

When asked to comment on the clip, Wicker and Lim offered: “As we listened to ‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecies’ for the first time, thinking about the imagery that would pair well with the music, we were pulled to the depths of the ocean floor. The song is so open and ethereal, it almost brings you to a state of euphoric meditation. We wanted the visuals to reflect this feeling. So, the animation is loose in narration to where it could be taking place in the depths of the ocean, the depths of space or the depths of eternal thought.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it right here, right now, and read our interview with FUNKILLER below.

—Rich Tupica

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Black Watch’s “The Nothing That Is” Video

On October 23, the black watch will release 19th album Fromthing Somethat via the ATOM label. As the “band” has been around since 1987 and its only constant is John Andrew Fredrick, it’s no surprise the black watch approaches each album differently. For Fromthing Somethat, Fredrick and Co. didn’t rehearse at all before recording, hoping to document the sound of the songs coming together. Fredrick also allowed producer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Beachwood Sparks) to have his way with the basic tracks, so he was free to add and subtract whatever he wanted.

One of Fromthing Somethat‘s standouts is “The Nothing That Is.” While it’s not exactly the Stones and Kiss hopping on the disco bandwagon in the late ’70s, the track is as dance-y as the black watch gets. And since you’re spending so much time alone these days, “The Nothing That Is” is the perfect soundtrack for you to try out some funky-fresh moves in the privacy of your own home. If you need some additional inspiration of the visual variety, play the new video for “The Nothing That Is.” The clip was directed by Mike Endrizzi, who performed live with the black watch just after the turn of the century.

“Mike, who lives in Minneapolis now, told me that his idea for the video came within 10 minutes of hearing the song,” says Fredrick. “‘The Nothing That Is’ is a quotation from a Wallace Stevens poem, and the lyrics are all my own aphorisms—kinda—and unrelated in a non-sequitur sort of way that I really like. Almost all of our songs are non sequitur-ish. And the video’s that way, too: nothing to do with the lyrics, but a lovely thing in and of itself. That’s Mike’s super-cool kid in the vid—whom he and his wife, Dawn, named after Black Francis.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “The Nothing That Is” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out right here, right now. And speaking of black watch videos, also check out the recent episode of MAGNET television we did with Fredrick:

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Kev Sherry’s “Shoes That Make You Taller”

Kev Sherry is a busy guy. And ambitious, too. You might know him as the singer/guitarist in Glasgow’s Attic Lights. He’s also a writer: journalism, fiction and comics. So when Sherry decided to release a solo album, he just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Instead, he had to make Foxy Orthodoxy part of a multimedia triptych that also includes comic Warpaint (illustrated by Katia Vecchio) and debut novel Here Be Apples, both scheduled to be out next year.

Together, all three explore themes Sherry has written about in his journalism work, which he describes as “anarchism, feminism, gender politics, the ideological culture wars, the cult of personality and the hypocrisy of the human heart.” Obviously, Sherry is a much deeper thinker than we are.

Sherry has made a lot of musical connections over the 15 years that Attic Lights has been together. His songs have been remixed by MAGNET favorites including Mogwai, the Vaselines and Camera Obscura, and he’s collaborated with the likes of Björn Yttling (Peter Bjorn And John) and Cerys Matthews (Catatonia). For Foxy Orthodoxy, Sherry borrowed a guitar from Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and a bass from Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) to record with producer Paul Savage (Delgados, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai).

Though the 11-track Foxy Orthodoxy (Here Be Apples/Kartel) isn’t out until September 18, Sherry has a new single/video from it to tide you over until then. It’s called “Shoes That Make You Taller,” and Sherry tells MAGNET that it “explores the divisive and exploitative nature of far-right ideologies while sounding like the Lemonheads doing early Oasis covers.”

For us, that’s a very good thing. So we’re proud to premiere “Shoes That Make You Taller”—song and video (directed by Jim Lang and illustrated by Vecchio)—today on magnetmagazine.com. Check them out right here, right now.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of John Davis’ “Christmas Day”

For all of you indie elitists out there who only like artists’ “early stuff,” Shrimper Records has a catch for you September 25. The legendary label, which turns 30 this year, is releasing double-CD Pure Night Plus by John Davis in conjunction with Davis’ Inundation imprint. The set compiles 50 tracks from Davis, who—aside from playing in the Palace Brothers and, of course, the Folk Implosion—has released numerous solo and collaborative records dating back to 1990 as well. Pure Night Plus collects remastered versions of his debut LP (1994’s Pure Night), debut cassette (1993’s Stars & Songs) and debut EP (1993’s R.I.P., D.I.Y.), plus 1995’s Instress EP, seven previously unreleased songs and liner notes by Davis and the anti-folk/pro-funny Adam Green (Moldy Peaches).

“Some of my favorite things I’ve ever done are in this collection of earliest days, and I’m very glad to see them evaporate into the cloud,” says Davis. “Matt Pence (Echo Lab Studios) did a great job reconciling the stray cassette, seven-inch and 12-inch sources, like a shepherd guiding the flock home to digital pasture. “

One of the most wonderful unreleased tracks on Pure Night Plus is “Christmas Day.” Says Davis, “Back in 1991, Fast Forward Records in Providence gave me a box of 10 unwanted promo cassingles they received from a major label and invited me to overdub a few of my own songs on them to sell at their store. ‘Christmas Day’ was the a-side of this imposter.   Matt added the panning effect on the sly in remastering.”

We’re proud to premiere “Christmas Day” today on magnetmagazine.com. Unwrap it right here, right now.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Fast Romantics’ “Top Of The Mountain” Video

Fast Romantics named their 2017 album American Love. Three years later, they’re still waiting for us to return the favor. “It’s like Fast Romantics and America both swiped right on Tinder, but no one’s made the first move yet,” says Matthew Angus, the group’s singer and primary songwriter. “Whenever we’re put in front of a crowd in the States, we make fans for life.”

But that hasn’t been often enough—and it’s not likely to get any easier, with touring on indefinite hiatus due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the accolades keep piling up for the for Toronto sextet in Canada, where the group has enjoyed consistent success on commercial radio and nearly nabbed the coveted Prism Prize. 

“Top Of The Mountain” offers yet another compelling reason to lament Fast Romantics’ lack of an audience south of the border. Simmering and vaguely psychedelic, with slow-build pacing that insinuates a persistent uphill momentum, it’s one of eight thoughtful, impeccably crafted tracks on the band’s new album, Pick It Up (Postwar/Fontana North).

“The songs are on the spectrum of complete disillusionment with one’s self to the process of becoming re-illusioned with one’s self,” says Angus, who’s currently engaged to his Fast Romantics bandmate, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kirty. “Things were going well on paper, but that’s where things can get weird for me. I’ve bounced back and forth in the land of depression and anxiety my whole life, and it can affect my ability to complete music. Finishing this record came over the span of three sudden weeks when I’d broken free of that and gotten out of the funk. I can hear my best self on this record.”

Premiering today on magnetmagazine.com, the video for “Top Of The Mountain” is a bit of a change of pace for the group. “Up here, you can get funding for videos,” says Angus. “But that eventually dries out, and we were working with a much smaller budget for this one. We made it about a single experience and tried to tell one story within that simple feeling.”

Clocking in at a lean 30 minutes, Pick It Up stands as an efficient document of a band at the top of its game. “That’s all there is, baby—and we’re really proud of it,” says Angus. 

And there’s more where that came from. “This is only a fraction of the music we’ve made over the last two or three years,” says Angus.  “Something about the pandemic made it pretty clear that we had to start spitting out songs into the world.”

—Hobart Rowland