2014 is mere days old, but there's already a new crop of Portland videos to check out.
Pwrhaus's first video was made by Sean Pecknold and Alina Hardin, and it's a gorgeous animated clip that contains its own music in the rhythm of its visuals. Pwrhaus frontman Tonality Star tells us, "I asked them to surprise me and make anything they wanted. I love a nice surprise!" Click full frame on this one, dim the lights, and let it take you where it will. Pwrhaus next play at Rotture on Friday, January 17.
Mere days after offering up their brand-new Christmas record, Duover have released their second NON-Christmas record just in time for the new year. The album, cleverly titled Duover 2, is available in full over on Bandcamp, and you can peep the video for "Dream Machine" right here, right now. Directed by Noel Taylor, the moody, dreamy clip evokes insomnia and fractured thoughts from the middle of the night, superimposing images in an evocation of shared memories.
Take a look at "Total Dose" from Ah God, a noisy pop band that share members with Talkative and records all their material on cassette four-track. The vid's a trippy conglomeration of band footage and pretty Northwest landscapes. The video is self-described as "sexual cotton candy" and while its pink tint surely bears that out, I must warn readers about the dangers of actual sexual cotton candy—those dangers being: stickiness, ants, and sharp grains of sugar getting tucked into folds that are immensely difficult to clean. "Total Dose" is up on Ah God's Bandcamp as well.
More Vriday after the jump!
Here's the second video from local videographers A Rose City Collective, who document live in-studio performances of Portland bands—in this case, experimental jazzers the Wishermen. (Note: I just almost misspelled that as "the Whiskermen"; enterprising Portland musicians, feel free to snatch up that band name immediately, as it is purest gold.) The Wishermen are newly a trio (formerly a five-piece) and this clip of "Detectagator" adequately captures their restless, prog-tinged approach.
Maybe put the kids to bed for this last one. Here's "Softcore" from the mysterious Parlous, and perhaps it goes without saying, but the video—strung together with footage from cheeseball video erotica of varying vintages—is definitely NSFW. The outdated '80s futuretech glamour and cheerfully lurid sleaze is a fine combo for Parlous' dense but breezy synth voyage.