Directed by Chris Strong and with sequences filmed in Japan (Tokyo, Matsumoto, and Nagoya) and Toluca, Illinois, the video “imagines a Japanese character temporarily living in small town central Illinois missing his home.” Strong goes on to share the following about the video:
“I was initially asked to think of some ideas for videos on November 14, a week after Donald Trump was elected president and the same week the first trailer was released for the new Ghost in the Shell movie. There was a lot of talk in the news around that time about the reality for foreigners in the United States. There was also a lot of discussion surrounding the mostly white cast of Ghost in the Shell and the depiction of Japanese people in American film. Since the first American Football video for “Never Meant” had so many Caucasians, I thought it might be interesting to do something that used exclusively Japanese and Japanese-Americans… Mike Kinsella and the band’s manager gave me the names of eight people they knew from previous music tours in Japan, and these people then helped to connect us with people in Japan who were interested in taking part.”
Out via Terrible Records, Ricky Eat Acid gets remixed by jonny gorgeous, STUD1NT, Indian Wells, and Different Sleep. The Nice To See You remix EP also coincides with the release of the Nice To See You official video, directed by Crash Override (aka Aron Johnson).
Director Crash Override (Aron Johnson) about the video;
“Nice To See You” is a grim love story between a semi genderless computer programmer and an IBM 5155 portable computer virus. Initially, the video revolved around a character whose vision was upgraded to see in a higher resolution. In the beginning it was all one sided ideas, but after sitting with the music, the themes shifted. One night after sitting in front of my computer for hours I took a look at myself. The character, living in this isolated world would be lonely, desperately lonely. The video moved in a new direction – surrounding a lonely character who is trapped working tirelessly on a computer. Upon discovering an attractive piece of code, the character is lured deeper and deeper into the depths of the virus – until it’s too late.”
Producers Tessela and Truss (R&S, Perc Trax, Poly Kicks), also known as brothers Ed and Tom Russell, once again join forces as Overmono to remix one of the outstanding cuts from Nathan Fake’s fourth album Providence, recently released via Ninja Tune.
Accordingly, DEGREELESSNESS – featuring the heavily distorted vocals of Prurient – is re-imagined as a shadowy four-on-the-floor cut.
“I really wanted Overmono to remix ‘DEGREELESSNESS’ as I love the way they use melody alongside heavy, but kind of abstract techno rhythms.” explains Nathan. “They’ve kept their mix pretty close to the original, but I love the Reece bassline outro”.
Providence is available now on Ninja Tune. Get it here.
Directed By Rene & Radka. Chromatics pay tribute to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and the legendary Julee Cruise.
Kettenkarussell‘s sophomore album, Insecurity Guard, is out now on Giegling.
Ti Amo is Phoenix’s first album since 2013’s critically lauded Bankrupt!. Produced by the band and recorded at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin, Ti Amo is – in the band’s own words – “an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues.”
Ti Amo is out June 9 on Glassnote Records. Pre-order here.
Burial release his new Subtemple EP on May 26 via Hyperdub. The two-tracker is the first new music from the producer since last November’s Young Death / Nightmarket EP.
Ahead of the release of Somersault next month, Beach Fossils are sharing two more new tracks. Tangerine, a driving, tightly wound melody, rushes forward and briefly leaves the ground due to the gossamer guest vocals of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.
The cloudy, wistful Social Jetlag, bustling with samples of crowded streets, features the type of candid, off-the-cuff lyrics that make the entire effort immediately illuminating. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, Somersault captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.
Beach Fossils are also encouraging fans to donate to two arts programs that are facing funding cuts due to the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Arts (donate here) and Center for Arts Education NYC (donate here). A previous press release stated: “They want to make sure this video is a platform for people to be informed about the ability to speak out against the defunding of these programs, as well as collect any possible donations for their programs.”