Thursday Music News

Kevin Morby

photo by Kari N. Taylor (view set)

  • KEXP’s Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann celebrates his birthday today, and for the occasion, singer/songwriter Kevin Morby has shared the video for “The Parade,” one of Jim’s favorite tracks from last year’s full-length Still Life on Woodsist. (Okay, that might not be why the video came out today.) Director Elise Tyler explains the clip “…was a complete collaboration with Kevin. He wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York, and I had the honor to capture it for him. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can sometimes get lost in the noise of the city, which I think also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.” Morby will back in the Northwest this summer for Pickathon, and it’s just been announced that Dead Oceans will release his next album in 2016. [Stereogum]

  • Northwest supergroup The New Pornographers share a new video today, too, for the track “Champions of Red Wine” off the brilliant Brill Bruisers. Directors Leblanc + Cudmore capture a “rambling, drunk loner in a foreign environment,” with Cudmore adding, “It’s a portrait of this guy, a few hours, a couple of days, in his life as he flails wildly around – his only means of communication being physical. The video is a fragment of this character.” Watch below, and check out photos from last weekend’s performance at Sasquatch on the KEXP Blog here. [Consequence of Sound]

  • Guillermo Scott Herren, better known as Prefuse 73, shares a new track from his upcoming EP Every Color of Darkness. Stream the track “Search the Sky” below, out July 10th via Temporary Residence Ltd. In an interview with FACT Magazine, Herren explains that while his recent full-length Forsyth Gardens was inspired by his recent NYC neighborhood, the EP “relates to the nighttime and its denizens.” Listen below: [Pitchfork]

  • Montreal-based maestro Owen Pallett shares a sensual new video for the track “The Passions,” off last year’s full-length, In Conflict. Director Brian Vu tells, “The video was filmed by my friends and I in familiar places. It’s an abstraction of the various stages of love shot within a video portrait style.” Watch: [Spin]

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