It’s hard not to think of Tulipomania as one of those 4AD bands you somehow missed back in the mid-’80s heyday of the influential British indie label. Sonically, the Philly band’s ever-evolving brand of dark, cinematic post-punk would’ve felt right at home alongside the likes of This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. Visually, it’s an even more perfect match, as the incredibly art-conscious duo of vocalist/bassist/drummer Tom Murray and keyboardist/vocalist Cheryl Gelover (both visual artists) have utilized legendary 4AD graphic designer Vaughan Oliver for album packaging.
This purposeful intersection of music and visual art has always made Tulipomania videos stand out among those of their peers, many of whom take the friend-with-an-iPhone approach to videos rather than treat them like actual art. Murray and Gelover don’t disappoint with their latest clip for “Off The Map.” The song—which features Mitch Smith on guitar and was mixed by Mark Plati (Cure, New Order, Lou Reed)—is from a new double-a-side single with “On The Outside (Spinello Remix),” out now via Sursumcorda. As for the video, let’s just say it’s so good that it was selected for inclusion by a film festival (Aesthetica Short Film Festival) before it was even released. Not surprising given Tulipomania has had various works exhibited in film fests around the globe.
The collage-animation process for the “Off The Map” video was quite intensive for Murray and Gelover, who alternated fragmented self-portraits with imagery they pieced together, frame by frame, from thousands of individual sheets of paper. The result is a stunning visual that reinforces the contradictory nature of the song’s lyrics.
We’re proud to premiere the video for “Off The Map” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it now.
A lot of albums are termed cult classics, but the latest from Jon Bryant is the genuine article. The upcoming third (and first for Nettwerk) LP from the Halifax-born/Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is called Cult Classic, and it is just that—though not for the reasons you might think. You see, three years ago, having relocated from Seattle to Vancouver, Bryant, through the urging of a close friend, joined a cult. At first Bryant liked feeling connected to new people, but after learning about some of the shadiness the group was involved in, he left and turned his newfound fascination with cults into a concept for his next album.
Cult Classic kicks off with “Paradise,” a soft-rock gem you’d swear came out of Southern California in the mid-’70s. For the album opener’s video, Bryant teamed up with Kasey Lum (a director he shares studio space with), who came up with the concept for the clip.
“I’ve always loved his visual style and approach to the projects he works on,” says Bryant of Lum. “He really understood the vision I had for the song and what it means to me. For me, paradise is experienced when I’m out of my head. When I’m seeing the best in the people around me. When I’m seeing people for who they are and not who I judge them as. When I’m making the most of every moment with the people I love. Getting out of our heads let’s us do that. I think the video really reflects how important it is to know when we are becoming too self involved/obsessed.”
We’re proud to premiere the video for “Paradise” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it now.
Detroit Rebellion just released a video for “Black,” a track from sophomore album See You Next Year, out August 24 on Bodan Kuma. Jeff Toste, the frontman of the Providence, R.I., garage/blues duo, says the song “is all about getting screwed and the nature of evil.” Given the track’s subject matter, the video—directed by Toste—is the perfect fit. Watch it now.
Neil & Liam Finn just released a new video for “Back To Life.” The clip casts many of the father-and-son team’s close friends and was shot in L.A. by New Zealand-based director Kristofski. “Back To Life” is the first single off Lightsleeper (which features Neil’s wife/Liam’s mother Sharon, Neil’s son/Liam’s brother Elroy, as well as Mick Fleetwood and Tchad Blake), out August 24 via Inertia/PIAS. Watch the Greek-mythology inspired video for “Back To Life” now.
The video for Deerhoof’s “Ay That’s Me” leaves us mesmerized. The cool and creative visual that accompanies the song—off Mountain Moves (Joyful Noise)—consists of line drawings that were colored in by many, many people. The BrainTwins crew—which directed and animated the clip—opened up a coloring party to the public to take part in. The collaborative effort resulted in a beautiful and bright video that perfectly represents the track. Watch it all go down here.