London Grammar unveil new cinematic video for ‘Non-Believer’

It’s not like I expected anything less from London Grammar, but the band’s latest clip is one true spectacle.

Non-Believer is the fourth single to be released off London Grammar’s Truth Is a Beautiful Thing album, preceded by the equally impressive Rooting for You, Big Picture and Oh Woman Oh Man. None of those came with such an amazing music video, though, and it probably comes down to its director, the inventive Jodeb.

Explaining the cinematic feel of the clip and its ambiguous character, Jodeb said, “We wanted to create a character that you would never really know if she is a good or ill-intentioned person… I was looking to create a subtle sense of paranoia all throughout the film”.

And he managed to do just that, through a series of stunning visuals and actress Karelle Tremblay’s compelling presence. Non-Believer will likely have you floating into the abyss, as you get carried away by frontwoman Hannah Reid’s soothing vocals…

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Taylor Swift ‘kills off’ her reputation in new music video

Taylor Swift unveiled the clip for her latest single, Look What You Made Me Do (released on Friday) at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, and it looks like she found the perfect way to silence her haters. With the song itself being surprisingly dark for Swift, the vengeful and mostly ironic vibe of the video was, of course, to be expected.

From the get-go, we see a zombie Taylor crawling out from her reputation’s grave and what follows is even greater. Bird cages, snakes, diamonds and Swift’s personal lifeless ‘army’ (possibly a reference to her IRL squad?) are all part of Swift’s persona as perceived by the media; and what better way to fight back than by simply owning it?

The real highlight of the clip, though, is the part where she literally steps on past versions of herself (you’ll find all kinds of old Taylors in that ‘pile’ – from her You Belong With Me character to her on-stage self dressed in her Red Tour costume), with the ‘self-mockery’ reaching its peak at the very end.

I couldn’t think of a more to-the-point way to end the clip than with everyone’s favourite passive-aggressive Taylor line. You know, the one she used to respond to that Kim Snapchat post with. “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative,” Swift’s 2009-MTV-VMAs self dares to say before all the others shout “SHUT UP!”

* Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, Reputation, is due for release on November 10.

Chester, a series of music comebacks and everything in between

This has been one busy summer! Apparently not only for me but for the music industry as well. My last post in June seems like ages ago and that’s partly because July and especially August were literally packed with new releases and music videos – also partly because a lot can obviously happen music-wise over the course of two months. So before yet another summer season officially ends, I feel like I need to revisit the highlights of these last couple of months. Bear with me and I’m sure you’ll find you, too, missed a clip or two! Continue reading “Chester, a series of music comebacks and everything in between”

Throwback Thursday!

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the release of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, but the song feels just as relevant today.

Included in the band’s Urban Hymns album, the track samples the main theme of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time. Following a legal controversy between the two bands upon its release, Verve eventually lost all composing credits to the song. Ironically, it is their biggest hit to date.

Bitter Sweet Symphony is also included in the soundtrack of one of my favourite ‘90s films, Cruel Intentions, adding an extra dose of drama and relief in that last defining scene.

“No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold, I am here in my mold”

Throwback Thursday!

This week marked 17 years since the release of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (yes, 17 whole years have passed!) so there’s nothing else to do but remember one of the album’s classics.

Even though Stan would be the obvious hit of the record with The Real Slim Shady following suit, I’ve always found The Way I Am to be more special. Touching on the drawbacks of fame in the ever-witty yet angry ‘Eminem way’, the track sets the tone for the album’s overall angst and darkness.

“‘Cause I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?”

Lana Del Rey unveils ethereal clip for ‘Lust For Life’

Lana Del Rey has promised to spread positivity and hope through her new album, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. Following the release of the record’s debut single, Love, Del Rey released Lust For Life about a month ago; now, the song has a brand new clip!

I love how happy and optimistic about life in general this track makes me feel, even though Lana’s characteristic melancholy is still present in the music and the lyrics… Of course, The Weeknd’s amazing vocals next to Lana’s mesmerising voice make Lust For Life even more appealing.

Set on top of the Hollywood sign again, the clip feels oddly real, yet dreamy and ethereal, just like Lana herself. Overall, I think we’ve all missed this happier version of her, the one that was nowhere to be found in her Ultraviolence and Honeymoon records. Besides, this sweet glimmer of hope is all we need in chaotic times like these.

Harry Styles proves he’s still got it in latest Carpool Karaoke

The last time Harry Styles was found singing in James Corden’s car was about a year and a half ago, when he was still one fourth of One Direction. Now, Styles has returned as a solo artist and, somehow, this feels right!

I can’t say this is the most entertaining Carpool Karaoke episode ever – after all, Corden has offered us some amazing ones ever since the segment started – but I can definitely say it’s one of the most interesting ones music-wise.

Styles recently released his debut solo album and this fun car ride is also an excellent way for him to promote his new songs; and he does so successfully. But if you thought he’d be one more Zayn-like r’n’b/ electro artist wanting to blend in, then guess again!

Styles is actually going for soulful – hell, I might even dare to say indie! – with his music. And it seems to be suiting him very well. Who knew he’d be the one from the 1D gang to show his emotional side?

So even though this Carpool Karaoke wasn’t as funny as some of the previous ones, it introduced us to Styles’ bold solo venture, and for that, it was more than worth it. Plus, it’s safe to say he can pull off any outfit!