Rhye - "Open"
Technically this video premiered last week. But since our regularly scheduled GL was pre-empted by Fashion Week
, since Jeff Samuel dropped a sweet remix
of the song on Valentine's Day, I just learned that the dulcet, Sade-channeling vocals are actually provided by a Canadian guy named Michael Milosh, and it's just such a damn pretty video--all sultry and airy, alight with the heat of young love, as well as that sinking feeling it could all fall apart any second--I didn't think y'all would mind. Innovative Leisure is releasing Woman
, the full-length from this mysterious duo (which also includes Danish songwriter and producer Robin Hannibal), on March 5, and a tour will follow. FYI, the first video for "Open"
, uploaded last Valentine's Day, is a bit less safe for work, if you're into that sort of thing. MELISSA GIANNINI
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks - "Don't Look Down"
On the even more bittersweet beat is this new single from Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' sophomore release, How Far Away
. Crisp tambourine, jangly guitars, and Bleeker's warbled vocals dance over yearning organ trills in a casually melancholic Valentine about love lost and the carrying on that follows. The Real Estate bassist has assembled a cast of freaks--Mountain Man's Amelia Meath, Woods' Jarvis Tanviere, Real Estate's Jackson Pollis, and Big Troubles' Sam Franklin, among others--for the full-length, which drops May 28 on Woodsist. MG
Tempers - "Eyes Wide Wider"
The post-punk-electro duo (Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper) contributes the debut track for NYC-based label Pendu Sound's new digital 7-inch series with this Kalika Farmer-directed video for "Eyes Wide Wider," which finds the easy-on-the-eyes duo pole dancing in a foggy forest to an appropriately smoking and pulsating soundtrack. The single and its "b-side" "Hell Hotline" are available on iTunes. MG
The Thermals - "Born to Kill"
Omaha indie stalwart Saddle Creek recently picked up the scrappy, semi-veteran (circa-2002) post-pop-punk Portland trio
. And this punchy single--one minute and 48 seconds of unhinged wails and power chord slaying--certainly whets one's appetite for the band's new album, Desperate Ground
, which is out April 16 on the label. MG
Lovers and Reflections - "Bums and Beggars"
Maybe it's premature nostalgia for Fashion Week (after all, it only ended yesterday), but the second the sonic aesthetic of "Bums and Beggars" takes effect, I cannot help but envision New York City's (not so) finest catwalk--its streets. Littered with heartbreak and heartbreakers, they're no stranger to the perils of love. Raw to the core, this is one of those shamelessly-sway-your-hips-with-your-eyes-closed kind of jams. Courtesy of a band aptly named "Lovers and Reflections," this infectious song fearlessly reminds us that sometimes, in order to be a lover, you've gotta be a beggar--and dig through the trash. LINDSAY MEOLA