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kevin krauter plays bass and sings in the bloomington, indiana, dream pop outfit hoops, but he also released a stunning six-song collection, changes, under his given name late last year. consuming that body of work immediately would be ideal.
while each track on changes holds its own as a singular achievement, it’s “reckless,” the album’s fourth cut, that has received music video treatment. like the song it accompanies, hugh sherman donkin’s visuals are sparse but impactful; krauter is filmed alone in various parts of an older building – a gymnasium; a stairwell; a loveseat – either playing or miming the various components of “reckless.” the poignancy of the audio and video truly coalesce in the final moments, with krauter departing as a harmonized piano motif gently drifts off into the ether.
changes is out now via winspear. watch the clip for “reckless” below.
nestled among this year’s shortlist of outstanding releases is tica douglas’ our lady star of the sea, help and protect us. the album’s eleven songs are dotted with characters and stories born out of douglas’ time purusing their master’s degree in divinity from union theological seminary; at times sparse and at others cacophonous, our lady star and its contents should be unpacked over time with the utmost care.
at the center of our lady star lies “weightless,” a song about release, the lifting of burdens. the resounding catharsis is almost palpable once douglas arrives at the hook, their lead vocal toggling between the phrase “weight lift” and the song’s title as hesitant arpeggios further compound its melancholic buoyancy.
perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the new music video accompanying “weightless” seems so preoccupied with the concept of floating. director gracie pizzo aligns molds of slow-moving aerial footage to douglas’ verses and chorus; as more abstract imagery begins to drift by, douglas can be glimpsed taking it all in, transfixed by a fleeting instance of beauty analogous to the lyrical themes they explore.
our lady star of the sea, help and protect us is out now via team love records. watch the gorgeous visuals for “weightless,” premiering right here on the dimestore, below.
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here at the dimestore, we’re just counting down the hours until yumi zouma releases willowbank, their second full-length album in as many years. the new zealand quartet excels at creating an intimate brand of pop that can switch from microscopic to expansive at a moment’s notice; for a sample, look no further than “half hour.”
the band’s latest single is muted, reflecting the somber subject matter of death and its baggage, but “half hour” opens up into an enveloping entity towards its end, an ensuring, calming embrace. coupled with the black and white self-directed video found below, “half hour” is a welcomed change of pace for the advanced offerings yumi zouma have put forth ahead of their new album.
willowbank is out october 6th via the inimitable cascine. check out the video for “half hour” below.
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the olympia, washington, producer briana marela released her third solo album, call it love, today via jagjaguwar. along with the album’s arrival, marela has shared the visual accompaniment to a new single, “farthest shore.”
marela paired up with seattle-based director bobby mchugh to make the music video, and the two honed in on their shared experience of night terrors to craft the clip’s aesthetic. the end result is quite jarring; marela stars opposite physical manifestations of these terrors, the video’s progressively fractured composition mirroring the debilitating effects of being trapped in a seemingly perpetual dream state.
follow the link above to purchase a copy of call it love, and watch the hazy, unsettling clip for “farthest shore” below.
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if you somehow still haven’t listened to margaret glaspy’s phenomenal debut album, emotions and math, now would be a great time to do so. oh, and for good measure, be sure to absorb her arresting npr “tiny desk” performance from earlier this year as well.
all caught up?
good, now you can fully appreciate glaspy’s latest music video, this one adding visuals to her album’s title track. in the claire marie vogel-directed clip, glaspy kills time at a mundane office job while she susses out feelings for the song’s subject, creating a formidable wall collage in the process. check out the music video for “emotions and math” below.