Wild Nothing: Partners In Motion
From Wild Nothing’s fourth album Indigo, set for release in August, comes “Partners in Motion” which blends ’80s new wave influences with gauzy dream-pop and flawless contemporary production styles. The result is rich, but hazy, and ultimately, dynamic. Wild Nothing will be touring the new record across the US in October.
Polo & Pan: Canopée
Stepping up to the challenge of matching their internationally successful single with a music video, French electronic duo Polo & Pan has released an animated film for “Canopée.” A wonderland of predominantly primary colors and simple shapes, the Bleu Garou-directed video tells a storybook adventure taking place in the wild. It’s as beautiful as the track, and just as luscious.
The Blow: The Bath
Across the 11-minute video for “The Bath,” The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich somehow captivate through relative stillness. It’s the glowing, pulsing colorscapes and the ambient sound-waves—composed in one take by Dyne using both analog and modular synths—that transfix and transcend expectation. The video was filmed live inside The Blow’s production sphere, installed at the Fuga artist residency in Zaragoza, Spain’s Etopia Center for Art and Technology.
Nico Cartosio: Snow Above The Earth
For anyone sweltering in summer sun, “Snow Above The Earth” offers a refreshing neo-classical reminder of one of nature’s other powers. The composition, by Nico Cartosio, honors young musicians thus far unable to fulfill their potential in the world of music, as does the almost eight-minute narrative music video. Altogether it’s the first reveal of Cartosio’s upcoming album, presently being recorded at Abbey Road. As the track continues to accumulate listeners, Cartosio plans to shoot another filmic wonder for release in the fall.
Third Eye Blind: Joke (Chastity Belt Cover)
Teetering on some strange, beautiful line between ’90s radio-rock familiarity and the indie ethos of today, “Joke” sees Third Eye Blind reveal the first track from their forthcoming all-covers EP Thanks For Everything. Of course fans of the band will delight in their version of the Chastity Belt song, but it’s honest and lovable enough that it might just win over some new listeners. As for the rest of the album, out 24 August, it will feature new takes on music by Queens of the Stone Age, Bon Iver and more.
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that rounds up the music we tweeted throughout the week, also found in Listen. Hear the year so far via Cool Hunting Spotify.