This week in The Singles Bar #28, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
Interpol have released the video for powerhouse new single, The Rover, taken from their forthcoming Dave Fridmann-produced new album, Marauder, out August 24th on Matador Records / Remote Control Records.
The video was shot on-location in Mexico City in June, during a whirlwind journey where Interpol announced their new album via a livestreamed press conference – only to be unexpectedly interrupted halfway through by a mysterious figure played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Punisher), capturing the attention of fans and media alike. Today, the mystery has finally been revealed with the release of the video directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Narcos, The Bridge) – giving further context to the elusive cult-like character, The Rover himself, blurring the line between documentary and fever dream in a heady montage of psychedelic, hedonistic adventures with his young followers, ‘Los Locos,’ in tow, as they ‘rove’ through the pulsing Distrito Federal.
Paul Banks says: “I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel. It’s the origin story of the character described in the song, the birth of a cult leader. When we meet him he is partly unhinged. He’s a man on the verge, an artist subjected to great pressures, and beset with existential frustrations. A distracted hipster who enjoys psychedelics, let’s say.
The events that take place in Mexico City, be it a bump on the head, a visit to a shaman, or the influence of his rescuers (the street gang known as ‘Los Locos’) trigger the birth – the eruption – of this new figure, ‘The Rover.’ His rescuers become his first followers.
In the end of the video he exacts his ‘revenge’ on Interpol with a mischievous act of disruption during the press conference. He grabs me by the head – to save me? Forgive me? Or simply as a gesture of his new independence – the butterfly becoming.”
In anticipation of her new album Deep in The Big due Friday 17th August via Bedroom Suck / Remote Control, Rabbit Island has today released a new single Interstate.
Amber Fresh aka Rabbit Island says of the single “The songs on this album were made when I was hearing from The Big a lot. The Big seemed to be teaching and comforting me, and I’d hear the voice and follow it. Sometimes I got visions, and often was intimately connected to people when they were far away – a strange and wonderful time. This song is part of all that, and is also a heartbreak/longing song – a song about someone being out of reach, but in the end realising everything is within reach. I am singing about a real heartbreak, longing for them, but all these things are transformed into something greater.”
The Lemon Twigs have announced details of their most ambitious project to date: their second album, Go To School to be released August 24. A musical conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the 15-track opus was written, recorded, produced and mixed by the pair at their home in Long Island.
The Lemon Twigs reveal If You Give Enough, the soaring album closer. In lines like “Your life’s only good as love, if you give enough,” the moral of the fable is revealed: give a lot of love without expecting it in return and you won’t be corrupted by the hate around you.
Of the forthcoming album, Brian and Michael hint, “Something now, then, big, small, bleak, and hopeful. All in under an hour.”
Last Friday, revolutionary musicians Prophets of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord dropped their first new music since the release of their self-titled debut album released in September 2017. The band released the previously unannounced single, Heart Afire. The Brendan O’Brien produced track is a hint of more to come from the radical band. The group performed the track as special guests at Eminem’s sold out show in Milan at Experience Milano Stadium on Saturday, July 7.
Northlane have released their new stand-alone single Vultures today via UNFD. Northlane’s most aggressive track in years, Vultures is the band at their dark and scathing best – but entirely on their own terms.
Confronting those who’ve tried to contain Northlane over the years, Vultures is a frantic purge of frustration and bile, carried forth by the band at their heavy best. Northlane frontman Marcus Bridge has been on the receiving end of wild expectation and criticism ever since he stepped up to the microphone in 2014 and he’s had enough.
“The main message is not having to live up to someone’s expectations or live within someone’s idea of what you should be,” says Bridge. “It stems from a built-up number of things over the last few years that comes with people expecting what we are supposed to sound like as a band since I’ve come on board. A lot of that stuff that has given us this feeling to want to talk about it. It’s important to be true to yourself and not let anyone mould you in a way that isn’t the way you want to be.
“Just being able to talk about this subject at a point in time where I see Northlane as being our band now, I don’t feel like the new guy anymore. It feels like we are finally doing us and it’s all feeling a lot more natural.”
HILLTOP HOODS are making their return to the world stage with their new single Clark Griswold. The song, featuring the soulful voice of emerging star Adrian Eagle is released today through HTH/UMA and is Hilltop Hoods first new material since the bands critically acclaimed 2016 album Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung.
Clark Griswold is a song about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it’s about being a flawed person that’s trying to do better.’
Hilltop Hoods have also released the companion video for the single which was filmed by Richard Coburn on location in Ironbank SA.
‘As the video for Clark Griswold is dropping on Friday the 13th we thought we’d better at least try to incorporate some horror movie elements, albeit pretty tame (we wanted it to be horrifically violent, but even more than that, we didn’t want YouTube pulling it.) As you watch the clip you see generation after generation of Dad’s go missing. The suspect? I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s probably the guy with the axe wearing the clown mask? (Spoiler)’
Sydney artist Dean Lewis has today shared the official video for his chart-topping single Be Alright.
Shot in Mexico City and directed by LA based Jessie Hill (Halsey, Angus & Julia Stone, War on Drugs, Bands), the video gives us our first look at Dean in a more enigmatic, character defining role, as he comes to terms with a relationship breakdown. Playing his love interest is Mexican actor Maria Evoli who won the 2017 Ariel Award for Best Female Breakthrough Artist.
Be Alright is a brutal, honest and stirring song written about betrayal and hope.
Marlon Williams shares a new live performance video of Make Way for Love, featuring The Pou Tiriao Singers and directed by Tim McInnes. The re-imagining of the title track from Williams’ second LP, released in February via Caroline Australia, has a gentler sound; here, it’s only Williams’ lonesome croon, an acoustic guitar, and the swelling backing vocals from the choir (made up of Raewyn Hodge, Zion Tauamiti, Nikora Nitro, Elishia Manihera, Vai Punivai, Isla Martin, Adonai Schwenke, Tuhekeao Williams, Hora Nicholas, and Biancha Biddle).
Of the recording experience, Williams says:
“From the genesis of this song’s journey, it gently but surely revealed its form to be a Maori waiata. The strum, the sentiment, the mauri. Lamentably, everything but the reo. So when the idea of doing a unique performance was brought to me by Amazon, I got straight on the blower to my pal Zion Tauamiti. I knew Zion was running a Maori and Pacifica youth community choir in East Christchurch, an area absolutely put through the wringer and hung out to dry in post Earthquake Canturbury. Zion was super keen to have the choir involved. We got together for one rehearsal and the strength of the unified sound was overwhelming. They treated me like one of the crew and when it came time to pool some money for petrol to get home and I reached for my wallet, Zion turned to me and told me in no uncertain terms to stay out of it; I was manuhiri and that was that.
As we all know, in this world, terrible things happen to the best of people. Recently, Zion suffered a cardiac arrest after a routine surgery and was left in a coma for 6 days. Being the lion of a man that he is, Zion woke up and is now, thankfully, in the process of recovery. This video and the beautiful people gathered in it are a testament to Zion’s limitless energy, compassion and pure love for his people. To The Pou Tiriao, Zion and anyone watching, my deepest thanks. E hoa ma, ina te ora o te tangata.”
GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers, The Smashing Pumpkins have released Solara, the first recording in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin.
Recorded in Malibu, CA at Shangri La Studios with producer Rick Rubin and longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Solara is available now to stream and download on all digital music platforms via Martha’s Music under license to Napalm Records. The band recently released the stiking music video for Solara, check it out…
Following the momentous success of Dead or Alive, Grace Turner has today unveiled the warm and fuzzy accompanying video.
Highlighting personal struggles Dead or Alive was born from a conversation with a concerned friend, and the video follows suit with an outpouring of human connection. Beginning as a house party, it slowly evolves into a mass group hug, pulling viewers into the emotional track.
Grace elaborates “On shoot day we invited a bunch of our friends over to Tom’s house and literally hugged one another for around 10 hours. The idea was that it would reflect the way our social circles help us through hard times.”
Osaka’s Crossfaith have today released Catastrophe, the latest track from their new album, EX_MACHINA, set for release on August 3 via UNFD.
Speaking of the track, singer Kenta Koie says, “Catastrophe is another new song from our new album EX_MACHINA, which we are very excited about releasing! To inspire me to write this song I watched DEVILMAN crybaby, which is a famous Japanese sci-fi action anime, and it helped me write the lyrics. We always want our fans to experience something they’ve never had before through our music and shows, so we are looking forward to seeing everyone on our UK & Europe tour later this year!”
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning recording artist, actor and producer Childish Gambino releases a summer pack of two breezy, brand new songs – Summertime Magic and Feels Like Summer. Available everywhere now, both tracks were co-written and co-produced by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson, the same creative team behind This Is America.
Summertime Magic is the first official single from Gambino’s forthcoming debut album with Wolf+Rothstein/Liberator Music. The track is the follow up to Gambino’s This is America, which was released during his stint as host and performer on Saturday Night Live, resulting in completely dominating the cultural conversations for multiple weeks upon its release. This Is America hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, the New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100, achieved platinum sales status in just 6 weeks, and to date, its captivating video has enjoyed over 310 million views. The video garnered 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube, making it the biggest first week debut of any video this year and hit #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, more. The video also tied for the 5th fastest music video to reach 100M views in YouTube history, reaching the mark in less than 9 days.
Breakthrough artist Anne-Marie released a fun-loving DIY video for her song 2002 shot with cowriter and long-time friend, Ed Sheeran, who trades vocals with Anne-Marie and plays acoustic guitar in the clip.
Rolling Stone put 2002 – a song Anne-Marie wrote with Ed Sheeran – on their “The Playlist,” praising it as “peak, perfect early-Aughts nostalgia.”
Raindrop is the moniker of Sydney-based Lo-Fi Producer, Miles Devine. Devine has spent the last 5 years embracing isolation; discovering the few benefits social anxiety can bring.
Bob Dylan’s 116th Dream follow’s previous singles, Only Hope and Another World. It is a sprawling, 6-minute psychedelic mini opus with a pulsating Moog Synthesiser heart.
“Bob Dylan’s 116th Dream explores the constant cycles one goes through that always seem to lead back to the same result, following the heart, not the mind.” – Miles Devine aka Raindrop
BRIT-award winning collective Rudimental and iconic dance music crew Major Lazer have unveiled the eagerly-awaited official video to latest single, Let Me Live, featuring Anne-Marie and Mr Eazi.
Let Me Live, which features on Rudimental’s third studio album, Toast To Our Differences, marks one of the hottest collaborations of the year. Featuring new-school pop sensation Anne-Marie – signed to Rudimental’s Major Tom’s imprint and widely regarded as the year’s biggest breakout UK artist with debut album Speak Your Mind entering the UK Album Charts at #3 – and rising Afro-Beat star Mr Eazi, as well as additional vocals from 5-time Grammy-winning South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Let Me Live is a feel-good, bold and emphatic celebration of taking back control.
The official video, shot on location between London and Johannesburg by South African director Chris Saunders, bursts with joy, exploring the mood and themes of Let Me Live through colour, dance and movement. Beginning in London, Anne-Marie is transported from a grey, uninspiring day on the streets of London to a bustling, vibrant street party in Johannesburg, where she joins a troupe of local dancers. Inspired by South African street culture, and in particular Pantsula – a hi-energy dance form originating in Johannesburg – and Durban’s Gqom music scene, the video reaffirms Rudimental and Major Lazer’s willingness to spotlight local cultures, dropping as a truly global and shared celebration.
The most hotly-anticipated song and most unlikely collaboration of the year is finally here! After teasing it on social media and igniting widespread anticipation, multiplatinum-selling hip-hop superstar, modern icon, and 21st century force of nature Lil Pump unleashes Drug Addicts today.
For the event-level music video (directed by Hannah Lux Davis), “Dr. Pump” enlisted the appearance of another “medical professional” “Dr. Sheen”—aka Charlie Sheen. These two doctors have natural chemistry and get crazy beyond words. The Doctors Pump and Sheen hold sway in a psychedelic hospital ward with a colorful array of patients. You have to see it to believe it.
On Drug Addicts, Pump goes buck wild over unpredictable and undeniable production and an intoxicating beat. His percussive bars give way to another hashtag-worthy chant. It could very well become his most addictive anthem to date—and that’s saying a lot with his track record thus far.
The genesis of Attonbitus took place inside the halls and rehearsal rooms of the Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University, where the three members of the band were studying. They quickly bonded stylistically and began to create using their own unique pallet of sounds.
The brand new single, Next Time Around, is a quirky and energetic mash-up of alternative pop-rock and up-tempo reggae.
Let’s hear it from the band –
“The idea of this video clip is simply promoting expression; letting yourself be silly dancing with no care in the world. With regard to the song its asking people not to be cold in public; express yourself anywhere at any time and if the opportunity arises don’t be afraid to dance.” – Michael Brigante (Vocals, Guitar)
Sydney metallers LETHAL VENDETTA have released a new single and Video Salute To The Gods which comes off their recently released album No Prisoners No Mercy. Salute To The Gods is a tribute to all the legendary metal bands out there that forged the scene!
There comes a moment when you just know the timing is just right. The next level is in sight and then it all comes together, you can sense that your moment is now: and that is the case with LETHAL VENDETTA.
LETHAL VENDETTA hail from Sydney Australia and they are ready to stamp their authority on the Metal scene. LETHAL VENDETTA come armed with the ultimate artillery: A precise and highly effective blend of Thrash, Groove and Traditional Metal which pays homage to the great Metal titans that have come before them.
Multi-GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has unveiled the companion music video for his latest single The Way I Am. Directed by Colin Tilley (Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Justin Bieber), the accompanying music video can be viewed at Charlie’s official YouTube channel, which boasts over 11 million subscribers.
The Way I Am is preceded by the album’s trio of hit singles – the 3x ARIA platinum Attention, 2x ARIA platinum follow-up How Long, and, most recently, Done For Me (feat. Kehlani), which was named one of the “Best Songs of 2018” by Billboard and TIME, and has been streamed 3.8 million times in Australia alone. Charlie will perform The Way I Am on U.S. late night television show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 17.
The Way I Am is the latest single off of Charlie’s sophomore album Voicenotes, which debuted at #7 on the ARIA Albums chart. With every track written and produced by Charlie himself, Voicenotes has also been met with a raft of critical acclaim, including The New York Times who called it “one of the year’s best pop albums”.