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Watch: A bunch of video goodies

30 Dec

TV Screen

In the last few days we have returned to our normal style of blogging after the December list-o-mania and we’ve also started to re-visit some stuff that we never got round to whilst racking our brain about our various and numerous favourites (2014 Previews, Tracks, EPs and Albums of the Year). In particular there have been a bunch of new videos that have come out in recent weeks that we’ve really enjoyed and, because we aren’t quite ready to give up listing things just yet, here are four that we particularly loved. Where we have written about the songs before, we have posted links to the original posts as well, for your added enjoyment and information. We are kind like that you see.


Spring Offensive – “The River”

Oxfordshire’s Spring Offensive really seem to love water. After the dark, stirring beauty of “Not Drowning, But Waving” last year, they have released “The River” and for the video, filled a car with water before smashing in the windscreen. Because, why not? The song is fantastic, as we discussed when reviewing it earlier this year, and the video is too. Check it out below.


Read our original post.


Paper Crows – “Anomaly”

For a song that is infused with a sense of barely contained menace, the video for Paper Crows’ “Anomaly” may not be the big budget, explosion laden spectacle that we envisioned, but it still manages to convey a sense of danger. The skittish approach gives off a vibe of malevolence and unease and while we’d have loved a bit more destruction and hellfire raining down from above, it’s still a great video.


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Curxes – “Avant Guarded”

Budgies and pop music. We’re not sure there are many instances of the two becoming entangled in each other’s world but for “Avant Guarded”, Curxes have brought them together in a moment of surreal magnificence.


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Chlöe Howl – “Rumour”

An artist we have heard mentioned a lot, and about whom many people have spoken at length, Chlöe Howl was another of those singers we had somehow managed not to actually hear in 2013. All that changed a couple of days ago though with the release of a new video for the re-released “Rumour”, a hook laden pop attack on the senses. Vibrant and bright, this promo sees Miss Howl taking on and beating a number of hard-nosed chess bastards before ultimately turning over the grand beard at the head of the table. We have no idea what this has to do with rumours, or gossip or trying to work out how to be like oneself, but it looks amazing and the song is a little pop cracker.



Listen: Curxes – “Avant Guarded”

5 Dec

Curxes Avant Guarded

Having lulled us into a moment of relative calm and blissful beauty with the divine “Further Still”, Curxes have brought back the blitz and are attacking our senses from all angles.

Trailed with a series of short videos of the duo in massive Budgie heads (no, really), “Avant Guarded” has been wowing and bombarding live audiences for a while but now it gets a release of its own and none of that live energy or rawness has been lost, and it’s even more infectious.

It’s fast paced and frenetic, like a jump to hyperspace straight into the chaos of a full on space battle with lasers flying here there and everywhere. Evasive action is taken as alarms blare out, control panels flash and beep like their life depends on it, and our ship whirls, dives and barrels out of the frying pan and into the fire and off again. It’s not so much a trap as intergalactic civil war and as good as John Williams is, we can’t help but imagine this would make a fantastic soundtrack to the new Star Wars films.

As well as the frenticism and glorious cacophony of pop that is coming at us from all sides, there are some decidedly delicious moments that we can’t help but love. A little tonal change here or there to channel the band’s inner Oakey for some very Human League-esque vocals in the background, Roberta’s lead vocals still sounding like she could take down a city’s walls should she wish to; the blistering pace of the beat and electronic rhythm that doesn’t let up for a second. The whole thing is just fantastic and we can’t wait to see how it translates to a video (the concept for which you can probably guess if you watched the track preview vids).

It’s industrial and edgy but there’s still more than enough pop brilliance in there to get your groove on to and that will get stuck in your head. We’ve been whistling the tune for the last few days now, much to the delight (?) of all around us. That, perhaps, is an underrated element of Curxes music, the outright catchiness of it all, we’re yet to hear a song of theirs that didn’t get stuck in our heads and pop back up again randomly a few days later, probably in a meeting where our sudden humming of “Haunted Gold” isn’t as appreciated as much as we would have expected.

We can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when “Avant Guarded” makes its inevitable appearance at the next all staff gathering.


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