American electronic artist Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi, has just released the video for "Rose Quartz", the third single taken from his third full length 'Anything In Return', released earlier this year via Carpak Records.
The animated video was created, directed and painted by Lauren Gregory, and features paintings of Bundick and his backing musicians performing the song.
Melbourne psych/shoegaze band, Flyying Colours have unleashed the video for their excellent new single "Like You Said", taken from their upcoming self tilted debut EP, due for release 1st November through UMA distribution.
In a recent interview, talking about their music, lead guitarist/vocalist Brodie J Brümmer commented: "I can see why people would make that specific link to our music [My Bloody Valentine], particularly 'Wavygravy' [their debut single] does lend itself to that kind of guitar sound. But, like, there's a shoegaze element – and a Britpop '90s element is very strong within our music... We’re kinda like an instrumental pop group, which is a fundamental thing about shoegaze. But we all listen to everything from the '90s, like, we are all massive Nirvana fans and grunge fans and Sonic Youth fans."
About the upcoming EP Brümmer says: "It’s like building a house for the songs to live in forever".
The video was directed by Sirap Australia. Watch it below.
Australian psych-pop duo Jagwar Ma have released a second visual to accompany the track "Come Save Me", taken from their debut album 'Howlin', released back in June via Marathon Artists
This new version, directed by Hans Lo, is different from the one the band shared back in 2011, and interprets the song as a montage of colorful geometric shapes with faded images of the band hidden underneath.
Arcade Fire have debuted a handful of new songs from their forthcoming album 'Reflektor', during a comeback appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live last night (September 28).
During the show the group unveiled the new track 'Afterlife' for the first time. They also took part in sketches, and was followed by a half-hour long TV special focusing on Arcade Fire, directed by Roman Coppola.
Recorded at Salsatheque in Montreal, the special saw cameo appearances by Bono, Michael Cera, Ben Stiller, James Franco and Aziz Ansari, and they debuted some new tracks, including 'Here Comes The Night Time', 'We Exist' and 'Normal Person'.
The Killers have premiered the video for "Shot At The Night", one of two new compositions due to be included on their upcoming best of collection Direct Hits, which will be out on November 12.
This new single is the product of sessions with M83's Anthony Gonzalez. The other new track is '"Just Another Girl", produced by Stuart Price.
Directed by Roboshobo (né Robert Schober), the clip features Australian actress Bella Heathcote toiling away in a familiar Las Vegas setting and living a love story with Max Minghella (from The Social Network).
Los Angeles based foursome Local Natives have shared the video for "Ceilings", the third single taken from their latest album 'Hummingbird', released earlier this year via Frenchkiss Records.
Directed by Nik Ewing & Local Natives, the video was filmed on the band's phones in the cracks between their latest shows.
Lead vocalist Taylor Rice explained: "This video was recorded between bus calls and soundchecks, truck stops and stage times over the last couple of months on tour, mostly in Europe. Whether shot in decades-closed German car factories, places of legendary Spanish architecture, or on bikes in Amsterdam, it was filmed on our phones in the cracks between shows which make up 97% of our lives as touring musicians. The themes of surrealism in Ceilings work with the patchwork of days, cultures and memories that stream by in a blur on a summer festival run."
Los Angeles based indie pop outfit Psychic Friend (Will Schwartz from Imperial Teen's new band) have revealed the video for "We Do Not Belong", taken from their debut LP 'My Rocks Are Dreams', out now via Dangerbird Records.
Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, the clip features actress/comedian Sarah Silverman playing a psych ward patient who's had no contact for most of her life (she was locked in a basement by her parents). Once institutionalized, only then does she slowly learn how to connect with other humans, specifically, with the help of a sensitive psych doctor played by Schwartz, through music and dance.
Sheffield basement pop four-piece Best Friends have just released their new double A single 'Happy Anniversary/Nosebleeds' via Art is Hard Records, and they have now unveiled the video for "Happy Anniversary".
The song is part of our current playlist. It starts slow, with Lewis Sharman's naturally charming vocals, teasing a glimpse towards a more mature side of the band before morphing its way into a scratchy, scrawly guitar-pop tune.
The video was filmed and edited by Jack Collister and Ed Crisp. Watch it below.
London post-punk quartet Savages have released the official music video for their brilliant tune "Husbands", taken from their debut album 'Silence Yourself', released back in May via Pop Noire Records.
The track was first released as the B-side of the band's debut single 'Flying to Berlin/Husbands' last year, and peaked at #7 in our Best Tracks of 2012 chart.
Directed by John Minton, the black and white video features footage of the band mixed with close-up shots of insects and the elements. Watch it below.
Slovenian electro-pop outfit Torul have unveiled the video for "The Fall", the second single taken from their latest album 'Tonight We Dream Fiercely', released back in April via German independent label Infacted Recordings.
The song is part of our current playlist and will be released as a single on October 4.
The black and white video was directed by Darko Štante & Borut Dolenec. Watch it below.
Bristol based indie pop band Coasts have just unleashed the video for their new single "Stay", which will be released on November 11th via Tidal Recordings.
About the song the band said: "Stay was actually the first song we wrote as Coasts back when we used to practice in this old church in Bristol. It’s the only song that has survived from the first 9 track demo EP that we recorded about a year and a half ago."
'Stay' will feature on their band's upcoming sophomore EP, the follow up to this year's debut Paradise EP, released back in February. They will also embark on a UK tour called 'Coasts Stay Tour' next month, beginning on October 15 in Leeds. Check out all of their upcoming tour schedule here.
The video, directed by Duncan Roe, was shot on location in Australia. Watch it below.
Melbourne-based lo-fi multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwritter Fergus Miller aka Bored Nothing, has shared the video for "Let Down", taken from his self-titled debut album released back in April via Spunk Records.
The video was directed for Los Angeles filmmaker Abteen Bagheri, who explains: "The lead actress, Camille Balsamo, was my first ever crush in middle school. I didn't mean for this to have any sort of real effect on the film initially, but it’s layered in the fabric of the piece. At least subconsciously, that kid is me. And the idea was to make the audience think that the kid is them, way back when."
Brooklyn-based electro-indie pop foursome Small Black have premiered the video for "Breathless", taken from their sophomore album 'Limits of Desire', released back in May via Jagjaguwar. The song is part of our current playlist.
It is the third track from the album to get the video treatment, previously the band have shared the clips for lead single "Free at Dawn" and "No Stranger".
The video was directed by Nick Bentgen. Watch it below.
Albany, New York new wave duo Titanics (aka Mark Lombardo and Derek Rogers) have released the video for the dreamy tune "Low Frames", taken from their debut album 'Soft Treasure', released back in February. The song is part of our current playlist.
It is the first track on the album to get the video treatment. Produced, directed and edited by Justin Halstead, the clip sees the Titanics crew journey through the foothills of Albany in search of our protagonist's love interest.
Australian indie outfit City Riots have premiered the video for the catchy indie pop tune "Lonely Hearts", taken from their excellent debut album 'Sea Of Bright Lights', featured as Album of the Week 2012 here on Kool Rock Radio. The song is part of our current playlist.
The clip features is a collection of live footage taken from the band's recent tour dates. By the way, they will perform at New York City's Lit Lounge October 15 as part of this year's CMJ Music Marathon.
Sydney-based indie rock four piece All Mankind have announce they will release a brand new EP titled 'AMK' in October 14 through Lakeside Records.
The follow-up to their 2012's debut full length 'Simple Desires', will feature 5 brand new tracks and will be available on a limited edition only at their live shows.
The lead single will be "Losing Myself", and comes out next week. It's a kool driving guitar indie rock tune and is our new Single of the Week.
In support of the release, the band will embark on a German tour called 'Worth The Risk Tour' next month, beginning on October 14 in Reutlingen. Check out all of their upcoming tour schedule on allmankind.com
Sheffield-based indie pop young quartet High Hazels have shared the video for their debut single "Hearts Are Breaking", which will be out on the October 7 via Heist or Hit Records.
Fronted by James Leesley, Anthony Barlow on percussion, brother Paul Barlow on bass and guitarist Scott Howes, they have spent much of 2013 performing to increasingly enthusiastic crowds in their Northern homelands.
The video was directed, shot and edited by Ryan Howes, and features home video footage from a 1985 family party. Watch it below.
The Maccabees' frontman Felix White has released a limited edition picture disk of collaborations with the likes of Florence Welch, Jack Penate, Jessie Ware and many more.
The EP came together during recording sessions for 'Given to the Wild', and was initially planned to be an instrumental release of soundtrack music and sees White adopt the name Cosmo. It's available digitally, in Rough Trade East London and Brighton's Resident Music on 10" vinyl (plus CD, poster and handwritten lyrics).
All music was made by Felix and features guest vocals and collaborations with Jack Penate, Florence Welch, Johnny Bramwell (I am Kloot) and Adam Day. Jessie Ware, Hugo White and Jamie N Commons also feature on backing vocals whilst Sam Doyle played drums on the record.
White has also unveiled the videos for each of the five songs on the EP. Check out the surrealist video for lead track 'Yalla' below. It was directed by George Belfield and Felix White.
Canadian indie rock outfit Arcade Fire have finally revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming double album 'Reflektor', which will be released on October 29 via Merge Records. You can pre-order your copy on iTunes or via the Arcade Fire Online Store.
Previously the band have already shared the video for the album's title track and lead single "Reflektor".
Check out the tracklist below:
2. We Exist
3. Flashbulb Eyes
4. Here Comes the Night Time
5. Normal Person
6. You Already Know
7. Joan of Arc
1. Here Comes the Night Time II
2. Awful Sound (Oh Erydice)
3. It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Russian indie-pop quintet Motorama have premiered a new video for their brand new single "Eyes", available to download now from iTunes. The song has been added to our current playlist.
About the video, the band explained: "It was our tribute to Rostov-on-Don, where the shooting took place this September. We were mainly filming places which were particularly important to us, like those typical 1980s Soviet housing estates where most of the band members grew up, the Anchor Hotel — a remarkable modernist building from the 1970s, a dam on a reservoir, and a cargo ship going up the river Don."
This week's Single of the Week on www.koolrockradio.com is "Losing Myself", the brand new single by Sydney-based indie rock four piece All Mankind.
The kool driving guitar indie rock track, recorded at Go Recording in Münster was produced by the band and will featured on their upcoming five-track EP AMK, which will be out on October 14 through Lakeside Records.
Manchester post punk band PINS have premiered the official video for "Girls Like Us", taken from their upcoming debut album of the same name, released on September 30 via Bella Union.
The self-produced album has been recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, took a week and promises the same energy and attitude as the music that they have created so far. You can pre-order your copy here.
The video was directed by Sing J Lee, who's directed their visuals since the band first emerged in early 2012. Watch it below.
Belgium indie space pop band Recorders have released the video for their latest single "Kelly", taken from their upcoming debut album 'Above The Tide'.
The song is part of our current playlist and was feature as single of the week on August 19. You can get the track now from iTunes.
Directed by Nicolas de Borchgrave and Gordon Delacroix, for this new video the band traveled to Norway, hiked for 6 hours with a full drum kit, guitars and keyboards, slept in the open next to a 600 meters cliff, slept through thunder storms and insane winds, and all this adventure was worth it... Watch the result below.
Los Angeles native musician, producer and vocalist Jonathan Bates aka Big Black Delta has unveiled the video for "Love You This Summer", taken from his self-titled album, released back in April via Master Of Bates.
The track serves as the b-side to the record's second single 'Money Rain Down'.
The video was directed by Nicolás Prados of 7 Inch Videos, and uses vintage footage from the legendary film 'Badlands', starring Sissy Spacek. Prados said of the project "'Love You This Summer', set to 'Badlands', is an effort to express the need people have to escape our everyday realities and live an adventure. It seeks to echo some of Freud's writings concerning civilization, and how humans tend to idealize nature, forgetting its violent essence, but more importantly, ignoring the frustration and anxiety inside us that provokes this discontent. The video adresses escapism and tries to convey how violence is part of human nature, laying beneath our fantasies and actions."
Pennsylvania-based indie band The Ocean Blue have revealed the video for "Ground Gives Way", another cut taken from the band's latest album 'Ultramarine', released back in March via Korda Records. The song is part of our current playlist.
Directed by Ginny Pitchford, the clip was designed and made in California, and features live performance footage along with some futuristic images of outer space.
Montreal doomgazer/pop duo No Joy, aka Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd, have unleashed the video for "Blue Neck Riviera", the latest single taken from their new studio album 'Wait To Pleasure', released back in April via Mexican Summer.
The clip, directed by Jason Harvey, juxtaposes natural and manmade structures, through splashes of colour and an out of focus texture. Watch it below.
Newcastle indie/ambient foursome Blank Maps have release the video for their new summery single "Lucky Dip", which will be released on October 14th via Tiny Lights Recordings, and is available on limited 7” vinyl & download.
The song was written and performed by the band, wtih additional vocals by Alana McLernon and Jaime Prince, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sam Grant at Blank Studios.
The clip was directed by Edward Drake, who has produced a love story video with great locations across Los Angeles. Watch it below.
London-based emerging psych-rock band, Telegram have unveiled the video for their debut single "Follow".
Comprised by singer Matt Saunders, guitarist Matt Wood, bassist Oli Paget-Moon and drummer Jordan Cook, the quartet formed a year ago, when Saunders, Wood and Cook were "sharing a bottle of WKD, playing Needles In The Camel's Eye by Brian Eno, and thought, "Let's start a band like this!" About their music style, Moon says: "Lots of people try and call it psych-rock or shoegaze, but… I mean, we just wear boots – bootgaze!."
They've been building a reputation through some London shows (as well as a recent support slot for the Manic Street Preachers in Newport), and they're set for a lengthy run of live dates beginning next month in support of Bo Ningen, Temples and Palma Violets.
"Follow", produced by Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Toy, Chairlift, Bat For Lashes and Steve Mason), will be out on November 4 through their own label, GramGram Records, and is backed with the track "Under The Night Time".
Finnish electro-pop duo Sin Cos Tan, comprised by Jori Hulkkonen and Juho Paalosmaa, have shared the video for "Limbo", taken from their upcoming sophomore album 'Afterlife'.
The follow up to last year's debut album, will be released on October 25th via Solina Records. "Limbo", written and produced by the duo, serves as the album first single and will be out tomorrow (September 20).
The video was directed by Ville Salminen. Watch it below.
London bedroom pop trio Real Lies (one of our new favourite bands), have premiered the video for "World Peace", taken from their double A-side single 'World Peace/Deeper', which will be released via Sweet Exile/Marathon Artists on 4th November.
'World Peace' it's brilliant tune that has all the hallmarks of an early 90s anthem, fans of New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Perfume, Flowered Up and Happy Mondays are sure to find plenty pleasurable about this track.
The video was directed by filmmaker Rollo Jackson, who also directed the clip for "Deeper". Watch it below.
Finnish electro-pop duo Shine 2009, comprised by Sami Suova and Mikko Pykari, have unveiled the video for "Older", the second single taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'Our Nation', which comes out on October 15 via Cascine in North America, and Modular internationally.
Following the line of 'Eurozone' (the album's first single), 'Older' is breezy and infectious. Both tracks are part of our current playlist.
The video, directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko, was shot in gated seniors' community and follows the story of a young nurse dealing drugs to old folks. Watch it below.
New Zealand's six-piece The Phoenix Foundation have revealed the video for "Evolution Did", taken from their fifth full-length 'Fandango', released back in April via Memphis Industries. The song is part of our current playlist.
'Fandango' is an expansive, ambitious, and gloriously rich 78-minute double album, and was recorded at five studios throughout New Zealand over a 15-month period.
The video, directed by Simon Ward, stars Darwin (frontman Samuel Scott), Galileo (guitarist Lukasz Buda), Newton (keyboardist Will Ricketts), Da Vinci (drummer Chris O'Connor), Tesla (bassist Tom Callwood) and Einstein (vocalist/guitarist Conrad Wedde) and special guest Don Brooker as 'The Hand', and show what these scientists from history are doing now that they're dead.
Minneapolis-based indie pop duo Strange Names, comprised of Brooklyn native Liam Benzvi and Minneapolite Francis Jimenez, have unveiled the video for "Potential Wife", taken from their forthcoming eponymous EP released on September 30th via Minor Times Records.
The 4-song EP was originally released in the U.S. back in September 2012 and followed the duo's debut single 'Minor Times / Once An Ocean', and the Bandcamp released 'Five Songs' EP.
The video was shot, directed and edited by the duo. Watch it below.
Los Angeles-based psych duo Foxygen have shared the video for "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic", taken from their 2013's album of the same name, out via Jagjaguwar. The song is part of our current playlist.
The video, directed by William Doyle and filmed in the Calvary Cemetery in Queens, sees frontman Sam France wandering around a graveyard in between a barrage of uber psychedelic imagery, ranging from flashes of strobe lights and colored blotches to a school of neon-colored fish no doubt on their way to devour babies.
Detroit's electro-punk duo ADULT. (aka husband/wife Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller), have released the video for "Tonight We Fall", the infectious second single taken from their latest album 'The Way Things Fall', out via Ghostly international.
The song is part of our current playlist, and it "might just be the most 'catchy' song the band has ever written in their career, reminiscent of Ric Ocasek's The Cars if they were into leather jackets and industrial sounds. In other words, mutant pop."
Like most of ADULT.'s other visual output, they made this clip entirely themselves, from figuring out the spooky special effects to the styling to the backdrops; the whole thing is shot in their amazingly gothy historic house in Detroit that they renovated all themselves. The concept was inspired by a series of photographs Kuperus created a few years back after seeing Jean Cocteau's 1930 film The Blood of the Poet. Like most of Kuperus' work, the video has no post-production and all effects were created "in camera."
Former Beta Band leader Steve Mason has shared the video for "Fire!", taken from his second solo album Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time, released back in March via by Double Six.
Fire! will be released as a single through Domino on November 4th, and only as a download.
Recorded with Dan Carey in his south London studio, Mason's second effort is saturated with politics. With a title referring to the Buddhist term for an easily distracted brain, it's an album that has been shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general.
In the clip, directed by Greg Davenport, the Scottish musician continues with the politicized slant that was present on the album. Watch it below.
Las Vegas indie rock band The Killers have announced they will release a greatest hits album tilted 'Direct Hits' in November 12.
The collection will be released in standard and deluxe editions, as well as a documentary DVD, and five 10" vinyl records, and compiles material from the band's four studio albums, featuring 'Mr Brightside', 'Somebody Told Me', a demo version of 'Mr Brightside', etc., along with brand new songs.
Check the full tracklist below:
01. Mr. Brightside
02. Somebody Told Me
03. Smile Like You Mean It
04. All These Things That I’ve Done
05. When You Were Young
06. Read My Mind
07. For Reasons Unknown
10. A Dustland Fairytale
12. Miss Atomic Bomb
13. The Way It Was
14. Shot At the Night
15. Just Another Girl
16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo)
17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)
18. Be Still
Among the new material is "Shot At the Night", a collaboration between The Killers and M83's Anthony Gonzalez, which you can listen below.
A collection of Ian Curtis' personal writings titled 'So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks' will be published by Faber & Faber.
The book, edited by author Jon Savage, comes accompanied with a foreword by his widow Deborah Curtis, and will featuere facsimile pages of the singer's notebooks alongside the lyrics for Joy Division classics like "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Atmosphere".
So This Is Permanence is described as "a collection of the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian’s notebooks, which throw his lyrics into relief and cast light on the creative process of this influential and legendary songwriter."
So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks will be released next year.
MGMT have premiered the video for "Cool Song No. 2", the second single taken from their just released self-titled third album, out via Columbia Records.
Directed by Isaiah Seret and filmed by Bradford Young, the surrealist video stars Michael K. Williams (from The Wire) and Boardwalk Empire's Chalky White, who plays a character called 'The Plant Hunter', a guy who spends his days turning genetically modified plants into drugs.