Two snow days in a row? Perfect time to go through the ol’ inbox and find some new tunes. These two bands are completely unrelated musically, but both happened to have some eye-catching videos. Enjoy!
This Philadelphia surf band charmed me with their light-hearted video for “Deep Space Radio,” the first single off their upcoming record Hodads. A “hodad” is someone who pretends to have lots of surfing prowess, but in fact does not; I don’t know how much surfing goes on in Philly, but these guys are no musical pretenders. Hodads is great music to put on at a party, with clever lyrics to match. “Let’s do it in the library long after they close,” croons vocalist Sean Flynn, “We’ll read some dirty nineteenth century prose / As we take off each other’s clothes” — how could you not like that? It’s in a library! Local fans of Jacques Le Coque should stay tuned for this album’s release on February 2nd, 2018.
On a completely different branch of the musical Yggdrasil, Austrian post-black metal band Harakiri for the Sky is coming out with their fourth album, Arson, on February 16th via AOP Records. The lyric video for ten-minute epic single “You Are the Scars” is heart-wrenching to watch and listen to. “In another night / in another world / Things could have been / So different” — it’s a simple expression of a common sentiment, but some things don’t need to be dressed up in metaphor. The bleeding calligraphy in the video says enough; after hearing this track, I’m looking forward to checking out the album.