Let's stop pussyfooting around. Every video this week is a killer, so let's dive right in.
Ghost to Falco are releasing an excellent new album next week—Soft Shield is a record full of mystery and craggy beauty, with shade and light all shuffled together like the wild, cloudy spring sky. This video for "Born to WIn" is the same: mysterious hooded figures and desert vibes and stream-of-consciusness imagery are situated around some footage of Handsy, the man with hands for feet. It's so weird! The video was directed by Clovis Pupwater with Jaclyn Campanaro doing the videography. Ghost to Falco, meanwhile, will play their record-release show next Friday, April 11, at Bunk Bar with Aan and Dragging an Ox through Water.
The video for Big Haunt's "Burn Me Up" is really something else, too. I won't try to explain what's going on here, but it stars the band alongside Leah Leinbach, Molly Bryant, Kendra Ferguson, Gracie Gregory, and the richest turtle in the world. We also see some fine ax-choppin' and what looks like a very cold waterfall. It's a headscratcher, but there's something intuitive and lovely about the weirdness on display here. Sam Kuhn directed. I'll be watching this one a few more times to see if I can figure it out.
Hey now! This is a brand new one from Just Lions, for their tune "Paper Cage"—the title track to their 2013 EP—and it features some pretty impressive rotoscoped animation. Phillip Abraham directed it, and it was shot primarily in Oregon City, where frontman Chandler Strutz grew up, with bonus live footage shot at Holocene. Just Lions play Holocene again next week, on Wednesday, April 9, on a bill with Adventure Galley and Wishyunu.
More Vriday after the jump, with new ones from And And And, Rasheed Jamal, and Shy Girls!
On the drive to Boise's Treefort Music Festival last month, And And And's Berg Radin wrote this little ditty in the van. And drummer Bim Ditson made this video on his iPhone to accompany it. Boom! Instant DIY music, done inside of a day. This is how to stay creative while on tour. And And And have a big show lined up next week at Bunk Bar, playing with Brite Lines and Tiburones on Thursday, April 10. They probably won't have time to write a new song on the local drive down to SE Water Avenue, but you never know.
Local emcee Rasheed Jamal dropped this eye-grabbing clip for "The Distance," directed by Kalimah Abioto and filled with some real visual bounty from around this fair city. Featuring cameos by Mia Charnelle (of Triibe Movement) and Mic Capes, we follow Jamal around the city—Powell's—and beyond—Forest Park, perhaps?—and the video finds a striking, provocative balance between the city and all the natural beauty that surrounds it.
Earlier this week Shy Girls were added as opening act to Haim's national tour, opening for the sister act on shows from California to New York. This is a big coup for the Portland band, who will probably be playing bigger crowds than before. They also released a new video for "Voyeur's Gaze," from last year's splendid Timeshare EP, and it stars avant-drag star Bailey Stiles from Chez Deep. Tony Lowe directed this one, and that's Shy Girls frontman Dan Vidmar inside the photo frame.