Watch: Pieces of Juno “Saffron” (exclusive)

03 Apr 2014 — Tonje Thilesen

For the past three months, Norwegian producer Pieces of Juno has spent her time running between studio sessions in L.A, briefly working with people such as BC Kingdom and Axel Morgan; co-writer of Kendrick Lamar's M.A.A.D City. "Saffron", on the other hand, is a lush and honest approach from Kine Sandbæk Jensen, perhaps a little different than what she's been working on down in L.A. The track was originally released back in January alongside the B-side, "Heliophilia", and we're very happy to show you the first glimpse of the video for it below, directed by Kristine Meling Enoksen. Needless to say, keep your eyes open for this girl. 

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Watch: Karneef “Swimming” (exclusive)

02 Apr 2014 — Parker Bruce

The video for "Swimming" by Montreal's Karneef from his 2013 album Love Between Us is kind of like watching a documentary about a painter, but it's also the story of a man and his bass. Karneef has produced the new EP by fellow Montrealer Mathematique as well as been a bass player for Sean Nicholas Savage. "Swimming" was directed by fashion designer/artist Renata Morales who is known for works she has done for Yelle, Arcade Fire, and Phi Create. The song itself has hunky bass for miles and what sounds like someone giving a kiss into a megaphone. The video is tantalizing and even sexy, both filmically and in the stilted, lanky, and herky jerky movements of Karneef himself. It's a pretty great sight to see Karneef lick his bass and then smile. A bunch of "Swimming" remixes by NFOP faves ¡FLIST! and Rich Uncle-Skelleton (aka a member of Syngja) will be out soon but meanwhile, dive into the video below. 

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Watch: Fear of Men “Luna”

26 Mar 2014 — Parker Bruce

Brighton's Fear of Men are the coolest art history professors we've ever had in their new video "Luna". The FADER's Emilie Friedlander puts it best describing Fear of Men as having "an enigmatic habit of adorning their releases with photos that look straight out of the ancient art wing of a museum." She continues, "Their first two seven inch-singles, respectively, featured busts of Nefertiti and the Virgin Mary, and their inaugural EP, Early Fragments, starred a half-disintegrated sculpture of the Greco-Roman variety. The cover of their debut LP...continues in that neoclassical vein..."  This consistancy is a product of bandmates Jessica Weiss and Daniel Falvey who spearhead the Fear of Men asthetic (this 4eyes TV video for "Mosaic" helped out too.) Expanding on Friedlander, the signature of Falvey and Weiss' work is a piece of pottery or sculpture (though now, with "Luna/Outrun Me," they seem to be into archealogy and fossils) contrasting against a single-color backdrop, a look we've seen in artwork for Blouse as well with last year's Imperium. Now that we've travelled through art historical time, let's graduate and jump into the not-so-distant past. This is where Marina Abramovic comes in. She is perhaps best known as the woman who sat at a table at the MoMA staring at people for hours a day in 2010, but she has been making work for about forty years. Some of her imagary would work in a music video setting, like "The Lovers: The Great Wall Walk", where her and her partner in life and art staged the ultimate break up: they traveled the Great Wall of China from opposing sides and upon finally encountering one another, ended their relationship. Or the piece "Rhythm 0", where Abramovic put out items and tools for visitors to use on her naked body however they wanted. For Fear of Men's lesson on Abramovic, they give us "Dragonhead" and "Rest Energy." "Dragonhead" is at once Weiss doing Abramovic and Britney (there's a snake involved.) The color red is prominent throughout the video with Weiss wearing it, the screen turning the color at various points, and a vase filled with red paint shattering and reassembling. It all acts as a reference to the blood Abramovic has shed for her art. Here's hoping the next Fear of Men video is all about Carolee Schneemann! Your new favorite class is in session below. Fear of Men's first album, Loom, finally comes out on Brooklyn's Kanine Records on April 21st in the United Kingdom and April 22nd in the United States. And if you love zines like we do, be sure to get the "Luna/Outrun Me" zine/7" combo when it comes out on Exeter, UK-located Art is Hard Records on April 7th. Now start reviewing those flashcards!

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Watch: Napoleon “Moonlight”

25 Mar 2014 — Ashley Canino

A moving collage of images from Brooklyn to Nevada, Napoleon's new video for "Moonlight" is a delectably DIY homage to parties, relationships and bison ranches. Edited--and filmed in part--by lead singer Julian Anderson's girlfriend Thea Cabreros, the footage comes in at just under six minutes and I wish I could sink into the track and its visuals even longer than that. The fast-paced scenes are tied together with a roughly sketched, opaque heart and flashes of color--somehow it's enough to pull together the many slices of life the band shares with us, whether giddy and alcohol soaked or pensive and subdued. The song itself features standout vocals and synths that capture a throwback vibe without feeling disingenuous--and how could it above such an honest visual element.

Here are Thea's words on how the video came together, because she tells it so well:

"The concept was conceived of on one of many random conversations [Julian and I] had on Facebook chat. I jokingly asked to be in the music video after hearing the song, but [Julian] took it to heart.  The details were hashed out a few days later on a Skype 'date' (which was the first time we had seen each other in seven years). 'Send me what ur seeing and I'll send you what i'm seeing,' 'I only have my iPhone!,' 'Me too, the consistency will be great.'"

We decided that we would take footage for one week. I happened to be driving across the country at the time. I began shooting in Texas, and went on to shoot in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. One place it features that is of note is Zapata Bison Ranch in Mosca, Colorado where some friends of mine are ranchers.

[The video] was inspired by wanting to make sense of all the years, space, and disparate experiences [Julian and I] had since we last saw each other seven years ago. Despite the very different lives we had been living we had common a way of seeing the world and an inexplicable connection to one another."

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Watch: Route 8 “I Can’t”

21 Mar 2014 — Evelyn Malinowski

Lobster Theremin is an endearing start-up label based in the UK whose brief discography will likely demand more than a small amount of your time. With work like Steve Murphy's Relax EP and Route 8's particularly well-researched and grooved-out Dry Thoughts EP, you may end up either keeping their Bandcamp among your tabs for several March and April days to come, or spending a few pounds, converted respectively. With Route 8's first track "Pacific Paradise," we enter a consoling melodic zone with a rather catchy rhythm which may or may not match what we think of when we imagine Pacific coastal beaches. For me, it seems to compliment the distant memory of long, bright, warm days still so unreachable here in the biting, agitated mountain weather.

"I Can't" starts with whistling confusion before another ensaring beat provides the track's drive. Again, it's like the song of the season lamenting exhaustedly that it can't start up. Something about the airyness between the beat and the melodic workings reminds me of Swayzak's "Speedboat," some kind of nice feeling of calm realization that there's room to grow, and that things aren't always so chaotic; life can feel chill even during a long period of uncertainty. Route 8's video reflects both this interpretation as well as some visual representation of the funny whisp sounds that persist throughout the track. It's nice to see animation paired with good deep house like this, since the genre always seemed so cartoonish in the way that it's both dark and humorous.

Order the Dry Thoughts EP over here.

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Watch: Gold Zebra “Apart Again” (exclusive)

17 Mar 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Montréal noirish synth pop duo Gold Zebra have taken some more time than expected to finish their debut album, but now word is out that the anticipated full-length is finally scheduled to be released on April 22. Listening to "Apart Again", the first sign of life after last year's teaser single "Invisible Disorder", it becomes obvious why the LP took so long to get done. The song sounds very mature and elaborate, embracing just the right amount of Chromatics-esque retroism while convincingly focusing not on style and era but on those things that matter for a good pop song: arrangement and melody.

Aside from the tune itself, the accompanying video, directed by La Barbe Rousse and premiered below, is further proof for Gold Zebra's compelling professionalism that does not content itself with less than a truly strong result.

The self-titled LP will be out on Visage Musique. Pre-order now over here.

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Watch: Magic Island “Baby Blu”

06 Mar 2014 — Henning Lahmann

As we've told you before, we here at NFOP love everything local wonder woman Emma Czerny aka Magic Island does, and the brand new video for her signature single "Baby Blu" only reinforces our adoration, like a surprise vacation in Portofino after 43 years of being married. Or something. Anyway, go watch below:

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Watch: Under Tears “Indian Moon Ballad” (exclusive)

05 Mar 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Under Tears is the new solo project of Dublin native Julie Fogarty aka Julie Chance of Berlin duo Kool Thing. Currently residing down under, her first single "Indian Moon Ballad" is a departure from her former work in that the song is an even darker affair than Kool Thing's already not quite sun-kissed art. The accompanying video, directed by Robin Plessy, emphasises the track's encompassing hopelessness, and this, we shall not leave you without warning, in a rather macabre and slightly disturbing way. Appropiately set on a bleak Berlin winter day, it tells the story of a love affair terribly gone wrong, with all sorts repercussions imaginable. 

Get the single digitally for free over here and watch the video exclusively below.

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