Twice a month, the editorial staff offers you a selection of clips that have made the music news. For this first selection of the month ofOctober: Puma Blue, Gabriels, Mathieu Tessier, Pierre Lapointe and Fishbach, Eggs, Ghost Woman, Pomme, Michelle and Les Garçons, Bree Runway, and Yoa.
Puma Blue – Hounds directed by Jak Payne
He wanders between the rocks, seems idle, as if in permanent struggle against himself. Puma Blue returns with Hounds, his first single of 2022. Nocturnal and vibrant, the clip directed by filmmaker Jak Payne faithfully transcribes the poetic duality of this project, where a contrasting black and white recounts the torments of the London artist. Like his previous compositions, the sound influences that marked his childhood are an integral part of Hounds ; hybrid jazz, strings and haunting groove merge, emanate from the piece written and imagined around a bass line.
Jak Payne presents himself as a master of deformations and alterations of the image; the clip looks like a photogram, and the landscape seems to embody the subconscious of Puma Blue. Solitude reigns supreme in this sterile dream, directly inspired by the worlds of Testament of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau and the Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Recorded in one take with additional production from Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief) and Sam Petts-Davies (Warpaint, Thom Yorke), this single strays from the more soulful and jazzy bits of his previous albums. Imbued with an impregnable and mysterious texture, the clip is sprinkled with meanings and symbolism specific to the artist, subject to everyone’s interpretation. Hounds is the sign of a new cycle for the bluesy artist, which promises to be resolutely experimental and seductive in terms of sound.
Gabriels- Angels & Queens realized by Clarys Biagi
Los Angeles soul trio Gabriels accompany with the release of their debut album Angels & Queens – Part I an aesthetic music video filled with hues of sexy black directed by French model and dancer Clarys Biagi. The eponymous title Angels & Queens finally gets his video to put images on this groovy and funky single carried by the vibrant voice of frontman Jacob Lusk. Criticizing the fashion world, the trio sings of a relationship between a certain Michael and his ” baby girl who wants to become a model.
Lost in the groove of the indecent bass of the verses and the celestial flights of the singers on the chorus, we find ourselves only wanting to help this king who is losing his queen. Jacob leaves aside his pastor’s dress for an elegant suit where the dancers around him mix fashion casting and a choreographed parade, all of this directed under the watchful eye of Clarys. A hymn to the time that must be given to love and personal success, Gabriels proves once again that they are the angels and queens that have been waiting for them.
Mathieu Teissier I remember directed by Bob Jeusette
Mathieu Teissier, young French artist lost in Brussels, presents his tender and nostalgic stroll I remember. New signing of the Belgian label The Ffamily, Mathieu brings freshness to French pop currently invaded by funk and disco. Accompanied by a soft piano, an elegant acoustic guitar and a guitar riff dripping with love, the singer moved us with his musical walk. This acoustic sweetness is accompanied by a poetic voyeuristic clip where the musician is followed by himself but wearing a papier-mâché head resembling him. A subtle and delicate way to represent the memory, here master and anchor of this affectionate piece.
Ghost Woman- Broke directed by E. Uschenko and I. Van Dessel
Barely a year after the release of her excellent eponymous debut album, Ghost Woman, Evan Uschenko’s psychedelic project, returns to hammer with distorted guitars and kaleidoscopic solos the new year with her 2nd album Anne, If. What could be more exciting to present to us the first extract of this new baby with Brokea stonian rolling piece sprinkled with voices à la Black Angels.
The clip, completely barred, shows us the daily life of a puppet in the shape of a rabbit with a leopard coat (surely the rock side of the beast) who cracks in the face of loneliness. Taking drugs, whiskey galore, junk food and cable farting on a guitar with a transparent neck, here is the destructive remedy after a breakup. Ushcenko balances us with this psychic title a sound drug for broken soul.
Bree Runway- THAT GIRL directed by Ruth Hogben
Bree Runway is a Ghanaian singer from London. With THAT GIRL, it pulls out the big game as the title already announces in all capitals. Inspired by the rap of the 2000s as well as the extravagant pop music of Lady Gaga, Bree Runway reconciles tradition and modernity. In perfect echo to last month’s fashion week, the clip takes us directly to the world of photoshoots and the hectic lives of the models. The singer’s stage name does not lie: Runway. The rapper overplays her character for an electrifying result. With his electro instrumental and his frenetic rhythm, THAT GIRL reminds us not without nostalgia of the hits of Azelia Banks & Co from the 2010s…
Pierre Lapointe and Fishback – The Origin of Evil directed by Sebastien Marnier
End credits illustrating the eponymous movie, The Origin of Evilthe filmmaker’s third feature film Sebastien Marnier – released in theaters on October 5 – this song brings together Pierre Lapointe, who composed the soundtrack, in a duet with singer Fishbach. The director himself staged this title with its venomous sensuality, right down to the two warm voices of the performers. Here, one on a motorbike, the other in a car, driving at full speed in a foggy tunnel separated by a split-screen lingering on magnetic details. As bewitched by each other, they will magnetize each other in their leather outfit to love each other to the ground in a passionate eroticism that is not to remember. Crash by Cronenberg.
Eggs- How It Was Before
With Eggs, Paris looks like a colorful little town straight out of a cartoon. It’s with How It Was Before that the Parisian indie rock band is coming back from a long break. Music with nostalgic guitar riffs and singing saxophone. The title immediately makes us think of the group Belle and Sebastian, the two voices that intersect. It is in a very naive and flowery stroll that the group takes us, superposition of dried flowers and cut out lyrics. A DIY clip that puts balm in the heart and allows us to see the capital differently, in a more joyful way thanks to the vacation plans.
Michelle and the Boys – Weird directed by Sarah Dumesnil
Step inside the bewitching hotel of Michelle and the Boys, you just might find what you’re looking for. It’s in a house that the trio receives us in party clothes and invites us to follow them in their glittery madness. Are we on drugs or is it the captivating Michelle who makes our heads spin? Surrounded by the festivities, the guests in extravagant outfits, all their eyes riveted on us, unknown spectators. and in energy.
Apple – garden directed by Claire Pommet and Hugo Pillard
In its title gardenfrom his third album consolation, Pomme paints a mysterious portrait of a youth she cannot forget. Through a cornfield inhabited by strange creatures, the artist reveals her secret garden, a labyrinth in which she grew up and which still lives in her heart and mind today.
On the edge of this atypical place plagued by the unreal, an elderly woman and a child wander, hand in hand. Pomme presents them to us as her past and her future, two versions of herself fleeing the hallucinations of her unconscious. Quickly, both end up converging on their present, represented in the guise of the singer herself, who appears to us as a source of comfort in this oppressive camera.
Carried by a voice and a melody that are intended to be soothing, the clip nevertheless contains a tiny part of anxiety and thus subtly poses a poetic look at what constitutes childhood. Gently, it allows us to let go and accept our fears for an honest reconciliation of the past, in order to better anticipate the future.
Yoa- sad song Directed by Earvin (Un Café Crème)
It is in the darkness of his room that Yoa reveals to us sad song, his latest single. Isolated between four walls, the singer invites us to dive into her personal universe. She shares with us her hobbies and her doubts, her disappointments and her sometimes scabrous occupations which underline the disenchanted nostalgia of an absent moment.
Under many aspects, the piece fits both like an open book and like an introspection looking like a visual diary, on which we would have affixed an almost palpable melody. If the soft sonorities seem to reflect a certain sensitivity, the text with the sometimes raw lyrics testifies to a brutal melancholy, devoid of any modesty.
Through a vaporous aesthetic, Yoa brilliantly delivers her nocturnal confidences to us, openly exposing her erotic fantasies, those that jostle in her head and lock her in spite of herself in a sacred form of solitude.
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