Carnival Moon- “Quizzical Face”
The video by this “harpcore” Toronto duo is a little mesmerizing. It’s filled with shots of various people and places (all contained within the woods) and has lots of cool costumes. You’ll see both halves of Carnival Moon eventually. I feel like this could be the first of a series of themed videos, kind of like what Neverending White Lights did for his fast album (those angel-themed videos still stick out in my mind to this day). Directed by Neil Cavalier and Natalie Logan.
Rae Spoon- “Ocean Blue”
Naturally, with a song title that references the ocean, there’s some water involved in this video from Spoon’s I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets. If there’s one thing that Spoon is remarkable for in this video it’s how stone-faced he is throughout, whether he’s being rowed in a gondola or covered with seaweed and netting (and yes, both of these things happen). Directed by Chelsea McMullan.
Fisticuffs- “Live Well”
Not strictly a music video, but it’s well worth some attention. Done for Shot at the Dark, Fisticuffs performed this warm song in -30 degree weather. No joke. I almost felt chilly just watching the video. But it’s a great song, and that should keep you listening.
Said the Whale- “Big Wave Goodbye”
What starts out looking like a rehash of Coldplay’s video for “Yellow” quickly turns into something a lot more fun. The song, from Said the Whale’s album Little Mountain, starts off slow but becomes a dance party by the end of the track. And what’s more of a party than dancing around a beach bonfire? The video was shot by Amazing Factory Productions, who have done great things in the past with other BC talent like We Are the City.
The video isn’t necessarily innovative on multiple levels, but it does give a bit of insight into the energy this band has. The band even directed their own video, which is pretty interesting. Look for a review of their new (free) album Dark Days coming out on Monday.