Every musician has a story to tell, and music videos are the perfect medium to do so! Our newest HIP Picks – Weekly Client Roundup is here; take a look at the videos, and learn more about the clips by reading below.
Bachelor – the musical duo between Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound) – is not a band; it’s a friendship. Locking themselves away in an Airbnb with only instruments and canned iced teas, they listened to Billie Eilish, Radiohead, and Brittany Howard and watched The Mandalorian while creating Doomin’ Sun. The “Stay In The Car” video (directed by Haoyan of America) recreates a real life moment Kempner had, with vivid imagery and ’80s/’90s/’00s props and toys that merge the line between animation and nonfiction, modern and vintage, eccentric and conventional.
Ella Williams, AKA Squirrel Flower, has known she wanted to make music since she was eight years old. The new single “Hurt A Fly” comes from her sophomore album Planet (i); the “Hurt A Fly” video (directed by Ryan Schnackenberg) is just as rich and warm as the music sounds.
Four years after graduating from Berklee College of Music and putting together a band to accompany her, Jillian Medford parted from the band and started honing in on her craft as IAN SWEET. “Sing Till I Cry”, like the other tracks on the album Show Me How You Disappear, has helped her deal with past traumas and anxiety. The “Sing Till I Cry” video (directed by IAN SWEET and Will Duncan) plays out like a moving scrapbook of colorful collages.
Two gay lovers, Joey Holman (HOLMAN) and Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen, CRICKETS, Nastie Band), unite to merge their affection, music abilities, and most importantly, their gay pop confidence in a new collaborative project, MAN ON MAN. “Stohner” encapsulates raw, unrestrained true love. The “Stohner” video (directed by Brendan McGowan) is unadorned, focusing on the couple and their affection for one another.
Oceanator, AKA New York native Elise Okusami, is the beam of musical hope we’ve all been waiting for. “I Would Find You”, the latest track from Oceanator’s debut LP Things I Never Said, is an upbeat single that feels clairvoyant about our situation. Directed by Ryan Schnackenberg, the “I Would Find You” video follows Elise around a deserted, snow-covered neighborhood.
Lil Rod has put in ten thousand hours in the studio, many of them under the direct tutelage of Grammy-winning hitmaker Warryn Campbell; he’s also produced for the mega talents such as Mary J. Blige and Mary Mary and recently placed a single on Jack Harlow’s debut project. His new single “Been Broke”, which features Squalla, makes an astonishing observation. The “Been Broke” video (directed by Lia B and Matt Stanley) captures the duo in action in a mansion, living it up while adding a “broke” look to the visual to mock the cult classic film Trading Places.
Vancouver rocker Pennan Brae has an obsession with music of the ’70s and ’80s, channeling it into his recent album Lit and even the two feature-length films, The Astronot and 2 Below 0. “El Camino” celebrates Chevrolet’s classic vehicle, in production from 159 to 1987 and still celebrated today. The lyric video (directed by Rob Fitzgerald) is flavored with the ’80s and radiates summer heat.
Haitian-American singer-songwriter Malou Beauvoir is putting her own spin on Secret Garden / Josh Groban and Westlifeclassics’ #1 hit “You Raise Me Up” with her new release “Kenbem (Hold Me Up)”. With “Kenbem”, Beauvoir’s goal is to unite believes in Haitian Vaudou and Christianity. In the video (directed by Walu Mwalilino), we see a young girl (Chrisette Johnson) going to the famous St. Bartholemew’s church in NY with her mom (Laissa Boyer) to see a priest (Chico Boyer); we then experience the Vodou counterpart of the scene, as we are transporter to a Vaudou altar with scenes of ancestors long gone, mother and child under the gaze of the houngan (Vaudou priest) and Erzuli the Spirit of Love.
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