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Beliefs – Colour Of Your Name (Music Video)

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Now that the full streams are all caught up, it’s time to turn the attention back to music videos. A lot of great material’s surfaced in the interim including memorable clips from Looming, Sunflower BeanPuddle Splasher, The Goon Sax, Nicholas Krgovich, RAMLEH, Bent Denim, Yumi Zouma, Hailey Wojcik, Ratatat, J.E. Sunde, Hinds, Raury (ft. Key!), and S.M. Wolf. In addition to all of those, there was the inspired Darkest Before Dawn short film from Pusha T that ranks as one of the more ambitious undertakings of its kind in recent memory. While all those are well worth multiple looks, tonight’s featured video comes from the familiar faces of Beliefs.

Leaper, a late 2015 highlight saw Beliefs continuing to impress and they’ve taken that even further with this Alex Earl Grey-directed clip for the record’s title track. Ostensibly a subtle commentary on the the societal expectations that accompany a woman’s appearance, it’s a striking piece of minimalism that resonates because of its inherent truths. As that commentary plays out, “Colour Of Your Name” also touches on the process of transformation and hints at a secure sense of agency. Stripped down to its barest essentials, “Colour Of Your Name” becomes a startling piece of work that plays directly into the zeitgeist and, in the process, has a more than decent shot of securing a position as a timeless work.

Watch “Colour Of Your Name” below and pick up a copy of Leaper from site favorites Hand Drawn Dracula here.

Raury – Devil’s Whisper (Music Video)

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It’s only been a few days since the last mass music video roundup but that’s still enough time for a handful of gems to sneak through the tunnel and into the light. Those clips were as follows: Staring At Lakes’ powerful, compassionate “Consanguinea“, Wolf Alice’s hard-charging “Fluffy“, HONNE’s heavily atmospheric “Top To Toe“, TOPS’ lovingly retro “Sleeptalker“, Ratatat’s animated “Abrasive“, Foals’ gripping “What Went Down“, Funeral Advantage’s tantalizingly hazy “Sisters“, and Tangerine’s charming home video experiment “Tiny Islands“.  While all of those are worth a watch (or several), this post’s feature is branching off into somewhat unexpected territory and places a spotlight squarely on Raury and the young songwriter’s extraordinary clip for “Devil’s Whisper” (itself a bookend to one of his older singles, “God’s Whisper“).

Musically, the track encapsulates centuries worth of heritage touch points, spinning them into something that feels startlingly original (and in a manner not too dissimilar from site favorites Algiers). Visually, it’s a masterpiece. Backed by a strong narrative that could be seen as deeply allegorical and bolstered by committed performances from the cast and crew, “Devil’s Whisper” feels like the culmination of pop’s progression (though “Devil’s Whisper” probably wouldn’t immediately be categorized as such). What starts as celebratory quickly turns nightmarish before finally settling into boldly confrontational. There are transitions between psyches, gorgeous landscape shots, stunning edits, and a lot of raw talent that find themselves in plain view here, making “Devil’s Whisper” essential viewing. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on what could very well be the future of pop music. Fingers crossed, at least.

Watch “Devil’s Whisper” below and keep an eye on this site for more news on the artist’s upcoming releases.