Videos! Remember those? Well people still make them, so I still watch them. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite videos released in or around the month of June. Yes, I realize all these videos are made by and/or feature women. Men, step it up I guess?
So this one actually came out in May but we weren't doing these roundups yet, so it counts! Sheena She of Chainsaws and Jelly (Every other Tuesday at 10 on Newark.FM) put me on to the video for D.R.U.G.S. or Dreams Rarely Uplift a Grown Spirit where we see the talented singer/producer stylishly toil away at a dead end job while daydreaming about better days. Relatable!
This one was also released a couple of months ago but see the first sentence above. I think I saw a clip for this video on twitter and proceeded to click through to watch the hypnotic visuals (directed by Naja btw) another 56780309 times. I need this on Spotify like yesterday.
Directed by Syd, the visuals for "Come Over" show each member of the band spending some monochromatic time with their significant other. They are doing all the festivals if that's your thing:
7/13-14/18 – London, UK @ Lovebox
7/13-15/18 – Grafenhainichen, Germany @ Melt Festival
7/13/-15/18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Longitude
7/20/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival (Syd Solo Set)
8/10-13/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/25-25/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk
10/8/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/9/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (with Gorillaz)
10/13/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (with Gorillaz)
10/14/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Afropunk
10/16/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center (with Gorillaz)
10/20/18 – Pico Rivera, CA @ Demon Dayz
Are you one of a couple thousand people who was a Tierra Whack fan before last month? Congratulations, you are a visionary. For the rest of us, it took a 15 minute album comprised of 1 minute songs accompanied by 15 1 minute cinematic vignettes to see the light. No point in picking a favorite video, the whole thing is a masterpiece and easily the most interesting and innovative release of the year.
I have to be honest, I'm a card carrying irrational member of the Bey-Hive and Jay-Z is my favorite rapper but I usually HATE their collabs. I can't even really explain why, I just prefer them solo. "Apeshit"...really anything off of their surprise album Everything is Love, is a stronger collaboration than say...Deja Vu. Also, Beyoncé out rapping all of our favorite rappers in the middle of the Louvre is such a mood.
Of all of the songs off Saweeties debut EP High Maintenance, I was hoping "Good Good" got the video treatment and the Icy Girl has come through and blessed me. "Good Good" sees the Cali rapper channeling New New from ATL at a house party where people are actually dancing. I stan a vintage queen.
The visuals for Sudan Archives "Nont for Sale" are like if someone aggregated all of the content from every woke, millennial Black girls Pinterest/Instagram and made a video out of it but in a good way! The slow motion is also very therapeutic if you are an anxious mami like myself.
I had to check the date on this video release because the first time I heard the song was at least 2 years ago and in fact it is an updated video to the one she released last year. Smith says she "wanted to capture men/boys of Walsall and Birmingham from all different walks of life doing everyday activities to show that the stereotypes we are bombarded with are misleading and, ultimately, harmful." So young, so wise.
NAO is back and here to prove that she is not capable of making bad songs or videos. Directed by duo Zhang + Knight, the haunting video shows Nao wandering the empty streets of Kiev and perfectly captures the finality that comes with the end of a relationship. Also, I would listen to the bridge on a loop.
That's all for now, see you in August!