Video Vriday went on vracation last week, so let's dive right in!
Krist Krueger is a prolific local musician (Southerly, Yardsss), but this is his first release under his own name. Fittingly, it's an unadorned acoustic ballad, far more straightforward and plainspoken than music he's released with his other projects. "If She Can't" is a totally captivating song, and here's Krueger performing it in a single shot, sapped of color. The song's also available over on Bandcamp.
This is interesting: local emcee Sapient doing a "flip" of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop." Aside from it being pretty damn funny to watch Sape at work, it's also fascinating to see how he constructs the musical track out of nothing in a very short amount of time. When Sapient finally spits a verse at the end, Ben Haggerty's famous rhymes are in his crosshairs.
Dresses have another video from their winning, catchy debut album Sun Shy, this one for the "Painting Roses," which combines live action with some arresting animation. The publicist passed this along: "'We shot this video in front of a green screen with a stunt coordinator and all. We had no idea what would come of it,' guitarist/vocalist Jared Ryan Maldonado recalls on the video's extreme stunts. 'Let it be known that Timothy [Heller] tackled me at least 30 times.'"
More Vriday after the jump!
Speaking of animation, this hand-drawn clip for the Low Bones' "A Song for Santiago" premiered earlier this week on OregonLive. It was written by Lowest Bone Joel Roth (the band's frontman) and animated by Amy Kuttab and Stefan Saito, and I don't know much more about the video than that, but it does indeed have a psychedelic-Beatles-y vibe (I'll add Yellow Submarine in there along with Magical Mystery Tour). Also, does anyone remember that kids' movie The Snowman?... No, I guess not. The Low Bones play a record release show for their new one, Waiting for the Dawn, on February 28 at the Secret Society.
King Black Acid has been on the Portland scene for years, but as they're not choking up our live music listings with shows every week, I sometimes forget they're around. Here's a quite remarkable "short film" for their song "I'm Rolling Under," which I gather was originally released in a very different format on the soundtrack for the 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies. This video was created over the span of a few years, and it's awfully good looking, with surreal retro-sci-fi imagery that deals with the song's topics of time travel and transhumanism.
Blouse made a video for "Happy Days," from their second album Imperium, in which a very attractive person gets out of the car and lies down on the road, aaaaand.... that's about it. This one has echoes of Lost Highway and the dancing-in-the-headlights scene in To Die For. According to Noisey, the video was shot on 16mm film out Dallas, Oregon, which seems to be a hot spot for making music videos these days.
To close, here's the new lyric video for Black Prairie's "Let It Out," which animates the very cool album cover artwork from their forthcoming album Fortune. Due out April 22 on Sugar Hill Records, it's Black Prairie's most rockin' album to date, with drums and vocals on most tracks. This track in particular was inspired by late-era Zeppelin; Black Prairie's Chris Funk talks more about the song over on American Songwriter. Black Prairie, meanwhile, just announced a date at the Aladdin Theater on Friday, May 2.