MUSIC VIDEOS

Premiere: p0st3rb0y – Despise (New Silence)

Kenton Smith aka p0st3rb0y has long been an essential denizen of the Toronto underground, rocking countless stages (well, floors) with his brilliantly chaotic electronic noise-pop from a dark future. And he’s set to release a new EP, his first since 2014. Get Fucked is out August 2 on cassette on Heretical Objects, and we’re honoured to premiere the video for “Despise (New Silence)”.

Directed by David Waldman with animations by Paloma Dawkins, the intimate black-and-white video captures Smith in a windowless room surrounded by musical equipment. Full of close-ups and animated tears, it pairs well with the emotional, cathartic energy of the song, which lurches unpredictably from menacingly anticipatory bass synths to explosive in-the-red noise choruses. All in all, it’s a stunning track, and one of the year’s hardest-hitting.

Get Fucked is available now for pre-order from Bandcamp. And if you’re in Toronto, be sure to check out the Get Fucked release show, which we’re co-presenting with Heretical Objects on August 10 at the Smiling Buddha, where p0st3rb0y will be joined by Silent Shout faves Lee Paradise, The Marquis, and Johnny.

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Joel Eel – Very Good Person

A little aggressive, all kinds of dark and a harbinger of syncopated dance moves: Joel Eel is everything we live for. The Toronto-based producer spins and slides across an apartment building with a glorious spiral staircase in this video for “Very Good Person,” the title track from his debut album. (The song also goes by “아주 좋은 사람,” the Korean version of the words, incanted as one half of a loop over a pulsing hook and deeply satisfying production.)

You can take a whirl through the whole album over on Bandcamp, and you should. Hopefully you have your own staircase to dance around.

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L CON – Form of Space

L CON‘s magnificent 2016 record Moon Milk hasn’t lost one iota of its avant-charm since last fall, and we’re seriously enjoying this 2017 run of videos for its finest singles. Last month we shared the stop-motion muppetry of “How Much Shall We Bet?” and now we’ve got quite the visual accompaniment for “Form of Space”. It’s cool to discover that the song is based on a story from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, and Victoria Long has directed a loose interpretation of it, bookended by an astronaut’s discovery of a mysterious videotape. Featuring brilliant costumes and visual effects, and lots of excellent, unusual chroeography in a massive warehouse, it’s a terribly impressive video, and a more-than-worthy accompiment to one of favourite songs in recent years. Keep ’em coming, L CON!

Moon Milk is available now on vinyl and digitally from Bandcamp via Wildlife Sanctuary Sound Recordings.

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