The Luyas’ sophomore album, Animator, isn’t out until October 16, but you can enjoy their brand new video until then! Premiering today at Stereogum, the dramatic “Fifty Fifty” video was directed by Derrick Belcham and choreographed by Katie Ward. Watch above.
A Place To Bury Strangers are currently on the road, touring in support of their forthcoming record, Worship. The album is out next Tuesday, but you can listen to the album in full a week before its release via the Stereogum premiere! Like what you hear? Pre-order WorshipHERE.
A Place To Bury Strangers head to the Metallica music festival, Orion Music & More, this weekend. For a band whom LA Weekly recently commented “you almost wished you still had braces because your teeth shook in your head, threatening to go crooked” after seeing the live show, a performance at this festival only makes sense. See all their upcoming tour dates HERE.
Gauntlet Hair CDs and LPs are now available for pre-order. All orders will receive a download code that will activate on October 1st, more than two weeks prior to the release date. The first 50 LP pre-orders will receive yellow-colored vinyl. Click here to pre-order Gauntlet Hair at SC Distribution.
Today Stereogum.com premiered Gauntlet Hair’s opening track “Keep Time,” calling it “a huge-sounding, heavy pop jam that sounds like it’s emanating from some kind of subterranean bower. Pretty epic album opener.”
This afternoon Stereogum premiered the new, animated video for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls” by London-based, Russian artist Marsha Balaeva. For Balaeva, “what attracted [her] most was the theme of urban gloom and despair, where everything you look at is palpably wrong and menacing, yet fascinating in some way.”
The animation itself is fully hand-drawn and is made from just under a thousand drawings in ink and pencils. This was the first animation project Balaeva has done in color. At the beginning of the collaboration, Carey Mercer outlined his vision of this song, a mixture of “street despair”, faux-religious imagery, and the dream of fleeing dark places. This loose outline gave her the main theme for the storyline. He also came up with the finishing sequence, when the bird is flying out into the light of a crystal pyramid.
The majority of the city backdrops are based on actual streets and buildings of Liverpool, Manchester and London. A lot of the characters and objects can be traced back to various religious cults and practices, like the dog with the pins. In Kongo, wooden figurines of dogs and men were used by ‘baganga’ (healers) to perform rituals, and if themagic was successful a nail was added to it, so the most powerful objects were studded with nails.
For more information on Marsha Balaeva’s artwork, please visit visit her site here.
One of our favorite Canadian music channels, AUX.TV, recorded a great in-depth interview with Carey Mercer in which he discusses music, poetics, and where Frog Eyes fits in the artistic spectrum. The second video features an incredibly moving, acoustic version of “Violent Psalms.” Both videos are part of AUX.TV’s interview and performance series “What You See Is What You Get,” and you can see those and more here.