Watch Alexander Skarsgard walk around in a robe with no shirt and run around in white briefs! Australian electronic band Cut Copy recently released their fourth studio album Free Your Mind and this music video for the album’s psychedelic synth title track “Free Your Mind”.
Little red riding hood, the big bad wolf, and an all around fun music video from Aesthetic Perfection. “Big Bad Wolf” is off Aesthetic Perfection’s upcoming album ‘Til Death due out just days before Valentine’s Day.
The Belgian goth metal act Lovelorn Dolls have released a new video for ”After Dark” which is off their March 2013 release The House of Wonders. The concept and story was arranged by Lovelorn Dolls’ Kristell Lowagie and graphical artist Emily Weeks and the video was animated and directed by Emily Weeks. Fairy tale mythology and imagery are nothing new for Lovelorn Dolls but this video feels very current and fits in nicely with pop culture’s focus on a dark fairy tale aesthetic as seen with the recent release of the trailer for Disney’s Maleficent and the popularity of TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Gary Numan has a new album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) out October 15th and this week he released a music video for “Love Hurt Bleed” off the album. Gary Numan rocks an Edwardian style ensemble and eyeliner. The video is reminiscent of videos from the heyday of music videos. The viewer in the video is the classic music video hot girl and gets attacked by video tape and pulled into what seems like a relic of a video she unearthed from some vault and popped into the TV in the viewing room. The director Joel Knoernschild explains, ”‘Cars’ is often cited as one of the first full-length commercial music videos ever. We shot with four video cameras ranging from mid 1970s to early 2000s plugged into an old tube TV. Then we shot the TV with an Arri Alexa, one of the best HD cameras in the world. There’s lots of mixed media in the video and all of the effects you see were done live.” Plus there is a set of creepy skull children!
“The single version of ‘Breathe This Air’ features Purity Ring’s Megan James, whose vocals transform the track into a vast and shimmering expanse, bringing waves of beautiful melancholy to the original’s dark and dusty techno,” now has a music video directed by Anthony Dickenson. Dickenson explains, “I was interested in those times when you think you’re totally alone in your thoughts and something unexpectedly disrupts that, snapping you out. The characters in the film have very different stories but I wanted to create distinct parallels, bringing them closer and closer until they actually intersect in a single defining moment.” Check out this haunting track and accompanying video.
A rather odd choice, Legend just released a music video for their nearly six-minute long “intro” opening track to their album Fearless. The song “Amazon War” serves as a great introduction to Fearless that sets an underlying tone of darkness and skepticism to an often dancey and hopeful album. Perhaps this video serves much the same purpose, an eerie introduction to the next chapter for Legend with a recently announced spot in the lineup of North America’s premier industrial music festival Kinetik and hopefully a new album. The hype and whispers about “this amazing band Legend” have been ongoing for a year and it will most likely only escalate as the May 2014 date for Kinetik Festival approaches. (Side note, this video compiled from the internet and documentaries contains imagery that is moving but never gruesome or gory. This heads up might lessen the anxiety effect of the video but seemed necessary to encourage you to actually watch it.)
What even is there to say about Tim Burton at this point? The filmmaker and storyteller who brings the wacky, romantic, gothic worlds of our fantasies to life. The world would be a whole lot duller without his vision. In honor of the King of Misfits on his special day, enjoy this music video he directed for The Killers. Because: skulls.
It was the golden age of trip hop. And The Sneaker Pimps benefited quite a bit from the attention American club DJs were paying to this new British dance music scene, with the release of their début album Becoming X, out 17 years ago today. What they themselves would become is a staple of clubs and even some radio, and a new favorite of remixers everywhere. Founders Liam Howe and Chris Corner (best known these days as IAMX) were the musical architects, but it was the soulful vocals of Kelli Dayton that made songs like “6 Underground” and “Spin Spin Sugar” such hits. She only lasted the one album before Chris took over the mic, but that’s fine. Becoming X remains the Sneaker Pimps’ singular classic album.
Once upon a time, the founder/singer for Dead or Alive was the best kind of freak. Outrageous, glamorous, androgynous. He rocked crimped hair and an eye patch like no other synthpop star. On the dancefloor his music spun us like a record, right round. And then he just got weird. What was worse, the extreme plastic surgery nightmares or his embarrassing reality TV shows? OK, definitely the bad plastic surgery. He’s also been quoted as saying, after being married to a man for less than a year, that gay marriage was a total joke. Sadly, it’s Burns who has become a joke. If you want to freak yourself out, check this video from last year, a new version of the hit “You Spin Me Round”. Better yet, let’s break out the eyeliner and take a trip back to 1985 when he was still awesomely cool.
People are strange, when they’re bloodsuckers. The success of this horror-comedy made vampires the domain of the teenager, complete with a bad-ass soundtrack. “Cry Little Sister” still gets spun at goth bars even though nobody can name the artist. (Gerard McMann, for what it’s worth.) No problem recognizing this Doors cover: Echo and the Bunnymen’s “People are Strange” remains one of the band’s most beloved hits.