Monday Music News

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  • Hamilton Leithauser recently shared a new song with folk chanteuse Angel Olsen called “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” and today that song has an official video. Directed by Peter and Nick Simonite and created by Austin based full-service creative company Preacher, the video follows Leithauser as a wanders a dirt road, a small town, and then ending at a bar where he performs the song, with various other women singing Angel Olsen’s part. Rob Baird, Preacher Chief Creative Officer said of the video, “Hamilton is such an incredibly talented songwriter and storyteller that we worked closely with him to craft a visual story that tackles the feelings of heartbreak and longing, the ghosts of lost love that haunt us all at some point in our lives. Hamilton’s character in the video is one we all can relate to, and the desert landscape and western town really helped amplify the isolation that comes marching behind a broken heart.” Leithauser is playing the Neptune on Wednesday, November 15. [ Under the Radar ]

  • The National released their latest album Sleep Well Beast a couple months ago and today the video for the track “I’ll Still Destroy You” was shared. Directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the video sees the band perform in an unusual venue where Kjartansson gives a striptease set to Bach while smoking a pipe before the band takes the stage. Kjartansson previously collaboration with The National for “A Lot Of Sorrow” which saw the band play their song “Sorrow” for six hours in front of a live audience at MOMA’s PS1. The National will be in Seattle for two nights on Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29 to play the Paramount. [ Stereogum ]

  • Will Wiesenfeld is returning with a new Baths album next month called Romaplasm, his first since 2013’s Obsidian. He’s released two singles from it so far, “Yeoman” and “Out.” Today he shared a goofy self-directed video for the latter, in which Weisenfeld conjures up friends, clothes, and makeup using magical rituals so that he can go out that night. “This video is inversely proportional to how seriously I take making music—meaning it’s profoundly dumb. I’m proud of it though. I think,” Wiesenfeld says in a statement. “I take music seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all, so I love to play with that duplicity online and in video work.” [ Paste ]

  • Spoon have unveiled the visuals for “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” from Hot Thoughts, released earlier this year. The simple and stylish video, directed by Brook Linder, puts Britt Daniel’s face into Photoshop, warping him into a variety of shapes and characters. Spoon are playing two nights at the Showbox on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12 with White Reaper. [ SPIN ]

  • Yet another official video has been shared today, this one for John Maus‘ new song “Touchdown.” The Jennifer Juniper Stratford directed video is reminiscent of ’80s instructional videos and stars Maus as a football player posing and dancing, as well as a very intense football coach. The song is off Maus’ forthcoming album Screen Memories, which will be out October 27 on Ribbon Music. [ Gorilla vs. Bear ]

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