With the recent release of new album Desert Skies, Beachwood Sparks have premiered a trippy new video for “Make It Together,” combining elements of old-fashioned country twang and psychedelia. The clip provides the feel of a VHS tape tossed into a bathtub. Check it out below.
Matt Pond’s dreamlike new video for “Starlet,” off The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand, utilizes subdued lighting and images of drowning in order to highlight the song’s wistful, already picturesque lyrics. Watch the clip below.
The Pixies aren’t the same with out Kim Deal, and it seems like they didn’t take kindly to her leaving. “What Goes Boom,” as the title hints, is guitar-heavy thrasher. It sounds less like ’80s indie and more like angry hard rock that’s inspired by “a girl who plays bass.” The video, on the other hand, is inspired by Star Wars. Watch it below.
Xiu Xiu‘s “You’d Be So Nice,” off Nina (a tribute album to the great Nina Simone), sounds like Charlie Parker meets Roxy Music. It can best described as no-wave, with its Pere Ubu-style vocals. The video credit goes to Andy Warhol. What else can be said? Watch it below.
Dave Hause of the Loved Ones makes emo music for the older crowd. On “We Could Be Kings,” he addresses really awful but boiler-plate relationship problems. The song’s video takes place in a bowling alley, though it does look like a hip bowling alley. Watch the clip below.
Too-cute-for-school duo Dresses are back with a quirky video. “Blew My Mind” isn’t mind blowing, but it is an inventive story shot in some temperate rainforest. Watch the clip below.
Kicking off with a high-pitched, siren-esque harmonica blast and immediately followed by blisteringly fast power chords, the Brooklyn garage punks in Obits demonstrate with “Operation Bikini” that it’s OK to get little weird once in a while. It’s only fitting that the video be just as unpredictable, with rapid-fire shots of outer space and desert wastelands. Oh, and there’s also a flying saucer and what could be the nerdiest-looking fetus you’ll ever see. Watch the clip below.
Thanks to Midlake for guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Be sure to check out the band’s latest album, Antiphon. Here’s a video for the title track.
Discounting their extended hiatus, the indie gods in Polvo have been around since the early ’90s, and their stop-motion-inspired video for “Light, Raking” (showing a ball of yarn traversing a bright suburban landscape and weaving itself into complex patterns as the melody rises and falls) indicates that it can be difficult to shake the decade’s surrealist aesthetic. See it for yourself below.
Survivors of a kidnapping while on tour in Mexico City, the dudes in Delorean can craft baroque electric rock just as well as they can radio-ready jams. With warped and squeezed videography, the clip for “Unhold” is some surreal mash-up an indie-rock video and Little Red Riding Hood. Watch the video below.