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HAERTS are female-fronted band of four guys and one girl, who hail from Brooklyn, New York. Their first single is a beautifully tender piece of lo-fi pop, set to a montage of home video-style clips. I’ve looked for other stuff by them, but this song is the only one I can find. I’m guessing that as it’s on Vevo, they are already on the brink of mainstream success. Judging by ‘Wings’, they sound pretty great and I hope the rest of their songs live up to expectations. Lead singer Nini Fabi’s vocals are sweet, but powerful – like a mixture of Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks.
This song is sort of what I was hoping for when I first listened to HAIM. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed.
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Tagged Americana, Ben Gebert, Brooklyn band, childhood, cinematography, creativity, Derek McWilliams, entertainment, female vocalist, Garrett Ienner, gritty, Gwen Stefani, HAERTS, Haerts band, HAIM, harmonies, home movies, home video, indie, Jonathan Schmidt., Leonie Cumiskey, lo-fi, love song, memories, music, music video, New York, Nini Fabi, nostalgia, opinion, pop, romance, small town America, Stevie Nicks, summer sound, sunshine, sweet, tender, USA, video, video montage, yearning, Youtube
I’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!
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Tagged 2013, America, blogging, British music, cinematography, cool, creative, David Bowie, Dior, fame, fashion, Floria Sigismondi, Gregory Crewdson, high street, Jeff Cronenweth, Jerry Stafford, Jil Sanders, KTZ, Lanvin, Leonie Cumiskey, mass media, McQueen, media, music video, nostalgia, opinion, Première-Heure, Pringle, promotional video, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Saskia de Brauw, short film, stalking, styling, suburbia, surreal, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), thoughts, Tilda Swinton, video, video stills, writer, writing, Youtube
This 1958 avant-garde film, ‘Broadway by Light’, was the first film made by acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker, William Klein. The short feature shows the dizzying lights and logos that dominate Times Square and illuminate one of New York’s most iconic locations. ‘Broadway by Light’ was declared by Orson Welles to be, “The first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.”
Posted in Art, Culture, Film, Photography
Tagged adverts, art, arts, avant-garde, billboards, Broadway, Broadway by Light, cinematography, experimental film, fifties, film, film director, lights, New York, Orson Welles, photographer, Times Square, video, William Klein, Youtube
Beach House have released the video for their beautiful new single, “Wild”. Directed by Johan Renck and described as, ‘a series of intense, violent, sexual, and sad moments’, the themes and aesthetic really remind me of ‘Requiem For A Dream’. Much of the video is bathed in a blue-grey hue, making the characters look unhealthy, and the settings look bleak and cold. I like it, apart from the bit in the middle where the song is interrupted so that we can watch the skinny scrapping boys exchange some dull dialogue.
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Tagged 2012, Beach House, bleak, cinematography, director, film, film director, gritty, Johan Renck, Leonie Cumiskey, melancholy, new music, opinion, Requiem For A Dream, SAD, single, song, urban, video, writer, writing, Youtube
The first trailer for The Canyons is incredibly disappointing. Written by Bret Easton Ellis, the film sees Lindsay Lohan return to the silver screen and, according to IMDb, it’s a Thriller.
Not that you’d know that from this underwhelming trailer though – the only thing you’d get from this is that it’s set in L.A. This glossy video montage reminds me of a mixture of Gossip Girl and Made In Chelsea, if either of those shows were set in Los Angeles. Considering the song that’s been used is a mellow, self-indulgent number by Dum Dum Girls, it feels as though you’re definitely anticipating for the film to cut to Serena Van Der Woodsen checking her phone, or Millie Mackintosh tearfully packing her bags…you know, it just looks like some scripted reality/aspirational TV drama “filler” shots. While the shots themselves are beautiful, there’s just no action in this trailer at all. The aim may have been to make it appear enigmatic and mysterious, but the final outcome is that it looks as though nothing really happens in The Canyons, or that the trailer has been badly made. I want to like this film, so I hope it’s the latter and this teaser is just a bad attempt at, well…teasing.
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Tagged 2012, 2013, America, brat pack, Bret Easton Ellis, California, cinema, cinematography, Dum Dum Girls, famous, film, glamour, indie music, James Deen, LA, Lindsay Lohan, literature, lo-fi, Los Angeles, movie, new film, reality TV, rich, rich girls, sex, soundtrack, The Canyons, trailer, USA, writers