Check out this brand new video by Partus Films for Claude Munson & The Storm Outside’s (Up & Up Music) song “Driftwood”. This is the first song released from their upcoming EP, which will be coming out at next week’s release party at Mercury Lounge on December 20th. The video really compliments the beauty of the song well, using an intricate stop-motion technique that must have taken a lot of time to film.
Here’s the press release along with the video. Have a look!
We are proud to present Driftwood; a stop motion adventure that takes you from the shores of a seaside village to the depths of the imagination. The video breaks wave with the release of Claude Munson & The Storm Outside’s self-titled debut. We wanted to craft something that embodied the underlying tone of the album; a vessel of maritime imagery, magical vistas and of course, the conflict of a storm burning both within and beyond. Follow a young boy whose loneliness is doused by the comforts of a ghostly entourage and discover an artist’s music that has the power to lift you above your storm.
Driftwood is a Partus Film
Video produced by Claude Munson & Craig Allen Conoley
Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Rose & the Thorns at the ‘4in1’ October Session, and was really happy with how well they fit into the afternoon. With the imminent release of their double-CD Seasons at hand, the band has released a new video for the song “Wild Wind”. We’ll be looking forward to hearing more songs from Seasons, and maybe even a few more videos too. Take a look:
Here’s a great new video for the opening track “Light Years”, from her new album This is How We Swim. Don’t forgot to see her play tomorrow night (Oct. 18) at Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield along with Kite Hill, Blue Hibou and Kim Barlow.
In this second installment of our two-part interview with Polaris Prize shortlist nominee Cadence Weapon, he discusses his philosophy towards songwriting, how community has impacted and influenced his music, and some of the unique characteristics of his album Hope in Dirt City.
Along with exclusive live footage from his performance at the Arboretum Music+Arts Festival, Rollie opens up about why keeping himself free from genre confines has opened up infinite possibilities for him to continue his reign as a ‘sonic pioneer’ and also to attract new audiences to his brand of hip hop.
Anyone who has seen him perform quickly realizes that he seems to light up the stage. His performance at Arboretum was electrifying and completely in line with the spirit of the festival. Bringing enthusiasm and lyrical mazes to an already amped up audience made for a climactic set, as everyone countered the cold air of the night with beat-driven movements inspired by Cadence Weapon himself. I think that if it were possible, he would have had us all up there for an all-out stage party.
Here is Part 2 of our interview with Rollie:
SAW Video is an artist-run centre committed to supporting the ground-breaking artistic production, presentation and programming of independent video and media art. SAW Video provides many services to its members including affordable technical facilities and a wide range of programs. Its services and programs are designed to create an atmosphere that inspires production through the exchange of ideas around form, content and style.
ARBORETUM is Ottawa’s newest boutique music and arts festival. Inspired by progressive arts festivals around the world, we’re a carefully curated, intimate, community-driven festival highlighting the best in local music, food and arts.
Cadence Weapon performs at the inaugural Arboretum Music+Arts Festival 2012 in Ottawa.
These last few weeks have been very exciting. I’ve been doing this whole music writing thing since May, and that seems like a lifetime ago. The Arboretum Music+Arts Festival, which was held on September 15th at the Jail Hostel, marked a point for me when I realized that so many things were coming together in Ottawa, musically. It really hit me that there is a kickass music community here in this city, one that is humble but not afraid to break out of its shell and come together in glorious fashion (as they did at Arboretum). But enough fuzzy wuzzies.
The festival also marked the first video interview by Ottawa Showbox and Partus Films – a collaborative venture between myself and Craig Conoley that blossomed from the same passion we have for Ottawa’s music scene and a desire to find the most effective way to reach a wider audience in the city. We will be continuing the web series on a regular basis in the future – featuring artists of all kinds from Ottawa and across Canada, speaking with them candidly and honestly, or perhaps having them play an exclusive session for us. The possibilities are endless, and with the motivation shared between Craig and I, we believe that this new web series can be a platform for Ottawa’s artists to show what they are made of to the entire country.
The interview with Cadence Weapon filmed at SAW Gallery is the first step. We’re excited to be teaming up to bring these videos to you, and hope that you enjoy them as much as we enjoy making them. Well, here it is… Part 1 with Rollie Pemberton AKA Cadence Weapon.
If you ask around, The Love Machine is one of those bands that people just seem to categorically fall in love with. Their full-length Sweater Weather debuted a couple years back, and gained a little extra notoriety for their controversial video for the album’s first single “Be A Path”. They’ve decided to put forth another video for the song “Make Believe” that was directed and produced by Luca Fiore. Once again, the video is story-based and features all the members of the band – albeit not as controversial as “Be A Path”, it’s cinematic elements fit the song perfectly. Once again, these guys show that they aren’t about to slow down. Check out the new video below!
Some big names in Ottawa’s music scene achieved success last night at the Ottawa International Film Festival. Deservedly, Fevers, Flight Distance and Hilotrons all tied for first place in the Music Video Challenge at Babylon on the closing night of festivities. MC Devin Atherton hosted the event as it featured some of the finest artists in film and music that Ottawa has to offer. Fevers had their video for ‘Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)’ screened, which was directed, produced and edited by Shooter McNally. Flight Distance also used the night as a premier of their new video ‘Blanket Party’ off their sophomore album Bad Information released in 2011 and directed by Edward Fawcett. The Hilotrons (Kelp Records), who first released their self-titled album in 2003, received praise for their new video for ‘Emergency’ – a video which I have yet to find online, but will post as soon as it surfaces. Congratulations to all the participants, this years crop will leave us waiting in suspense for next year’s OIFF Music Video Challenge.
The 2012 OIFF Music Video Challenge Lineup: EYES ON YA STAR – ERUPT EMERGENCY – HILOTRONS MAKE BELIEVE – THE LOVE MACHINE BLANKET PARTY – FLIGHT DISTANCE POST-SECULAR – THEATERNIA PASSION IS DEAD (LONG LIVE FASHION) – FEVERS ON HOLD – DENE SWAN I CAN – SOPHIA RADISCH HOUSE OF COMMON PROBLEMS – SILKKEN LAUMANN L.K.U.T. – ZOO LEGACY ASIAN FETISHIST – SCARY BEAR SOUNDTRACK THE PROPOSAL – PETER JOYNT
Fevers – Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbM1K2or8pU] Credits: Shooter McNally Director + Producer + Editor
Director: Edward Fawcett Sharpe Producers: Edward Fawcett Sharpe, Joel Barnes, Steve Jones Cinematographer: Joel Barnes Editor: Edward Fawcett Sharpe AD/Colouring Grading: Steve Jones
Performed and written by: Flight Distance (Bender, Patience, DJ Calkuta) Produced by: Crack Moses With co-production from: Kaem Mixed by: James Hancock From the acclaimed Flight Distance album, “Bad Information”, 2011.
One of Ottawa’s main exports as far as Canadian indie music goes is Amos The Transparent, a band that has been flying high form the critical acclaim of their first two albums and receiving praise for the most recent release Goodnight My Dear… I’m Falling Apart. Personally, the band has grown on me for a few reasons. First, out of all the music that’s out there, songs or bands appeals to us for various reasons. Sometimes it’s image, catchiness, or lyrics – in the case of Amos, it’s a bit of everything. But to me the most attractive aspect of their music is honesty. The honest composition and delivery of their music is refreshing every time you put on their albums, and none more so than their latest release. Their announcement of festival dates at Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion affirms that they are serious about making their voices heard across Canada.
Tonight they are set to play Zaphod’s, I’ll be following up this post with a review/interview with the band in collaboration with Apartment 613. In the meantime, here are their tour dates and latest video for “Says The Spark”.
Aug. 10 @ The Branch, KEMPTVILLE Aug. 16 @ Zaphods, OTTAWA (w/ Battle Mountain Band, Ben Caplan) Aug. 17 @ Rivoli, TORONTO (w/ Revelstoke) Aug. 23 @ Maxwell’s Music House, WATERLOO (w/ Sandman Viper Command) Aug. 24 @ APK, LONDON Aug. 25 @ Phog Lounge, WINDSOR (w/ The Archives)
Ottawa musicians seem to be hard at work this summer (which begins in early May according to my internal life calendar). With Fevers releasing their debut music video for “Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)” a few months back, alt/hip hop trio Zoo Legacy just dropped their first video for “L.K.U.T.” off their upcoming album City Light Glow. The Acorn frontman Rolf Klausener’s experimental side project Silkken Laumann also released a new video for the song “House of Common Problems”, the second single from the forthcoming album Not Forever Enough. Both videos are strong precursors for their respective band’s full-length release, giving us visual stimulation on great tracks while we wait. And both are dance-party worthy, so check out both new videos below and have a dance party.
Think what you will about music videos, but I still believe that they can be an incredibly effective compliment to a song, or album. Ever since I accidentally flipped to Muchmusic when I was 6 and watched Green Jelly’s “Three Little Pigs” (which was horrifying at that age, to say the least) I have been intrigued by what music videos have to offer. Nothing can really replace how the song actually makes you feel when you listen to it, whether it be the bassline, rhythm, lyrics, or a simple guitar riff. However, in some cases – and I say some because the music video world is populated mostly by idiots – the video provides another dimension to the music. Beach House seems to take that quite literally with their video for ‘Lazuli’ which mostly takes place in the 4th dimension. For some reason it reminds me of ‘Paranoid Android’, a video which we all know and love. Maybe it is the presence of despairing characters. Or maybe it’s because no one has a frigging clue what is happening throughout either.
Nonetheless, I love it. A cool video for an even cooler song. Cheers to director Allen Cordell and his brain.