Top 5 Videos of the Week

Every week KALTBLUT puts together our most favourite and newest music videos from around the globe so you can enjoy effortless, scroll-free visual pleasure! Take a journey with the glitchy video from Lessons,  the thumping new instalment from Archive, La Fraicheur & Greg Kozo taking on the gender spectrum, Jenny Hval’s ritualistic iPhone short and Naomi Pilgrim’s reflection on society.

Lessons – ‘Tempest’

The Leipzig/Helsinki band Lessons have just released a colourful retro video for their single ‘Tempest’ from the EP of the same name. After a search for inspiration and fresh air, brothers Samu and Ville Kuukka traveled to Berlin only to instantly click with Patrick Sudarski. Sudarski already used to pierce holes into the membranes between noise, kraut, folk and shoegaze with his earlier bands Speed Mountain, A Heart Is An Airport or Palestar. They get into conversation, exchange ideas, but lose each other. When the three take up the thread again, both Kuukkas are back in Helsinki while Sudarski takes his mind off things in South America. After eventually spending a winter together, in a basement crammed with drum machines and chunky synthesisers, the guys collectively found something, “It was time for a new thing, for all of us”, says Sudarski. “This was a natural progression.”

Archive – ‘Driving In Nails’

With a new album on the way, South London collective Archive release their first taster in the form of lead-off track ‘Driving In Nails’ for which the band have collaborated with Spanish video collective NYSU to stunning effect on their new video.Talking about the genesis of the album title Keeler says; “People are going to read in to who or what ‘The False Foundation’ is I guess, but they’re going to have to draw their own conclusions. I have my own take on it, let’s just say there are a lot of potential candidates out there in the world today.”

La Fraicheur & Greg Kozo – ‘Petit Matin’

Berlin-based La Fraicheur and Paris-based Greg Kozo created Petit Matin Grand Jour in his studio in the heart of Paris. Coming from very different backgrounds, La Fraicheur an international house and techno DJ, part of the Female:Pressure & Mint collective, and Greg Kozo a longtime electro producer, they blended their experience, playing around with their beloved Moog Voyager. “Mexican artist Manuel D. Lira wanted to capture on video these three young people for being unapologetically themselves. They each have a way of opening up the gender spectrum to make it less binary and more ANYTHING THEY WANT and through this confidence, they make it easier to trust that the world will be an OK place in the future. To be so young and yet so sure, it feels like they were born in a different dimension, where no bullshit rules are set in place, where you’re free to travel the fluidity of the being.”

Jenny Hval – ‘Female Vampire’

Hval now introduces the video for the album’s debut single, ‘Female Vampire.’ Directed by Jenny Berger Myhre, shot an iPhone and starring Hval and her friends, the video nods to the low budget horror sexploitation films of the late 70s and early 80s from which the album was inspired. As Hval explains, “What does eternity feel like? How do you ‘live’ when there is no death? Usually, the vampire is depicted as a lonesome, all-knowing and ancient creature combining violence, aggressive sexuality and deceitful youth. The pack behind the video for ‘Female Vampire’ wanted to explore vampiric eternity in a different narrative: in a group of romancing friends. The vampire friends move through their hometown of Oslo, partaking in public and private rituals of moving together. We also wanted to combine ideas from old vampire trash movies and modern trashy iPhone videos, resulting in an enigmatic world of time-lapse like slow motion where everything is always moving, or moving on. Not there, or not there yet.”

Naomi Pilgrim – ‘Sink Like A Stone’

Swedish-Barbadian artist Naomi Pilgrim’s new EP Sink Like A Stone is a powerful and painful reflection of her world. Naomi turns herself and society inside out, skillfully melodising political developments like the far right’s progression in Sweden and posing uncomfortable questions about cultural heritage, oppression and fascism. The first single, also titled ‘Sink Like A Stone’ and co-written with Henrik Jonzon, is inspired by African-American Eric Garner’s death in New York in 2014. Directed by Alexis Almström, ‘Sink Like A Stone’ reflects Naomi’s views on today’s world, “We live in a society where too many people praise prejudices before peace, and that shit is not only terrible for serenity, it kills too. My goal with this video was to make something special without making it literal.”