Bright Light, Bright Light, who last year gave us the brilliant, Love Part II, is back with a new single, Disco Moment. Singer Rod Thomas sports the same sexy scruff and is accompanied by a histrionic assortment of people, who wear tvs on their heads this time (last time it was triangular boxes which means he must have a larger video budget) and take “matchy match” to an entirely new level. Surprisingly, there isn’t much of a disco vibe to Disco Moment as we envision it being better suited for an 80’s prom dance than the dance floor.
We at bop2pop are still a bit confused as to what evil doings singer/composer John Maus is up to in his new video for the excellent, Head For Country, that seems inspired by the cheesy science fiction movies of the 80s. The harsh winter setting perfectly complements the dark and forboding vocals that seem buried under mounds of ominous synthesizers. The result creates an absolutely chilling effect. Our only complaint, and a small one at that is that although we think the video, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, is fantastic, we have to wonder who was responsible for letting him stroll out in the snow with untied shoelaces (:51)
We at bop2pop are especially excited to let you know that artist Fil Ok is set to release his new album, Neon Ghost, to the masses. It contains bop2pop favorite, Fall In Love, which we raved about last month. Sounding like the twisted love child of Felt Mountain era Goldfrapp and Marc Almond at his most delectably sleazy, Fall In Love contains the perfect mix of melodrama and pop. Extra kudos need to go out to Kate Shortt, who effortlessly masters droll yet soulful vocalizations. You can now purchase this track along with the album (US) on Itunes and Amazon.
Brooklyn’s Class Actress, who opened for Little Boots last year in NYC, is set to release her debut album, Rapprocher, due out in October. Keep You is the sweet opening track, smothered in sublime synths, which we at bop2pop, love.
Update: A special thanks goes out to David Dean Burkhart who has alerted us to an unofficial video he has made of the song that wonderfully splices scenes from the 1967 movie, Anna. It’s wonderfully talented fans like him, who can help an artist reach a larger audience. Bravo!
With a video filled with lots of smiling faces, confetti and a party atmosphere, Belgium’s Shindu, who by taking the song’s title literally, completely reinterprets the mockery of the original, by Siouxsie and the Banshees , and makes it friendly for the clubs. The EP is out today.
We confess we were a little afraid when we found out The Sound Of Arrows were refurbishing a song they had released 3 years ago to be their second single off their “Is it, or isn’t ever going to be released?”, debut album. Often times, when bands “redo” singles it is by speeding up the tempo and adding a few gimmicks in an attempt to make it more “commercially viable”. Usually, this fails (I Melt With You and Blue Monday immediately come to mind). We were also kinda angry, and we were not alone (judging from some comments on their Facebook page), when said video was only viewable in the UK (we are based in America, specifically NYC). We could not see it, feel it, touch it, heal it, let alone hear it.
Then we finally saw the video. OMG! The video for Magic lives up to its name and unveils as the story of two kids who wake up to find they are the only humans left in a world now inhabited by monsters. Think of it as cross between Where The Wild Things Are and our favorite guilty pleasure of the 80s, Night Of the Comet. The Sound Of Arrows have also pulled off the seemingly impossible task of taking a great song and actually improving it. Bravo guys! We are no longer afraid. We apologize for even thinking of doubting you.
Out Portland electronic artist, Logan Lynn has released a new video for his single, Quickly As We Pass and it has a wonderfully 80s synth vibe, complete with blips and bleeps. In the video, things start innocuously, but then veer supringingly into NSFW territory at around 2:15. We at bop2pop, love the retro feel of the song and video.