If Karen O and Thurston Moore had a lovechild, it would be the dynamic duo of Andrya Ambro and Sarah Register who make up the band, Talk Normal. I discovered them last week and was lucky enough to catch them live the day after I did at the Echo in Los Angeles. The two girls split the stage, each with a separate arsenal of musical artillery at their disposal. Andrya plays drums, standing up at times, while Sarah crunches away on a Silverline. The two go back and forth singing haunting vocal lines that are simultaneously in your face and like sirens calling from the distance of noisy seas.
Max Capacity is one of the forerunners on the front of a digital art trend which is to bring everything back into the analog days by crushing down the image and making it feel like some bootleg video that you’re VCR is finally chewing up. That’s the result that Max gets by using VHS cameras and older TVs to record and re-record and image losing quality and adding visual analog distortion along the way. He does video installations and music videos for bands like Anamanaguchi and Fidlar, incorporating his style of 80s/90s video game nostalgia into their songs and live performances.
Sitting in a Los Angeles doughnut shop around 1am, we started forming the ideas that would eventually become the video for Overfeeling of Controls. Between the spawning of an idea and its execution, there were numerous visits to other doughnut shops and botanicas. For a filmaker working on a budget that is non-existant, securing locations is like a scratch and win lottery victory.
If you’re into video art and you still haven’t heard of Kasumi, do yourself a favor and check out the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recipient’s work. She brings movement and rhythm to disturbing climaxes that provoke one to think about humanity. She has recently moved into producing with the film, Aardvark, which is currently doing it’s festival run and of which I am eagerly anticipating a theatrical release.
Jamie Harley is a video artist who uses everything from avant-garde films, documentaries, and even home movies to create an emotional landscape for the music videos that he makes (many of which are ‘unofficial’). His video artwork is thoughtful, sensitive, and hypnotic at times.
Music videos have the capacity to make a statement if done correctly according to lyrics and the music they are accompanying. This one does just that. A song about the ‘middleman’ set to footage of Occupy Wall Street with the gritty underlying screaming, grunting, vocals of Betty White’s lead singer, Robert James. Apart from making […]