Sunday, 18 February 2018

The VidList #009 - Spudgun, Motions, Sandy Kim

Spudgun - Someone's Birthday

Spudgun - Someone's Birthday

Info: Our first VidList of 2018 arrives a little later than usual but is nonetheless one to savour. Opening with possibly Ireland's most intriguing and avant-garde psychedelic rock band, Dublin's Spudgun, and their latest single 'Someone's Birthday' whose video is directed by Eoin Mulligan and produced by Katie Freeney from film / art duo, KIN. Their videos never cease to get under your skin, I'm still in thrall to last year's 'Crayons' which you should really check out here. Crossing between the dark humour of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and the unhinged psychopathic and unravelling nature of an Aronofosky character. Mulligan once again creates a horrible beauty to go with Spudgun's brilliantly creeping psychedelia.

Spudgun play The Abbatoir on Montague Lane on the 24th Feb. with support from Dowry, event page is here.

Motions - Late Night Calls

Another one of our favourite music video producers / directors A Crooked Gentlemen serve up our second visual, 'Late Night Calls', the new single from Dublin indie-rock outfit Motions, 'Late Night Calls' which is taken from their debut EP which releases this Wednesday. The band announced their arrival on the scene with debut single 'Back To Where I Begun' (which was the first of two singles to premiere on these pages) and to date they have been consistent in creating tracks which have all the essences of earworm indie-pop. They've taken their time and paced themselves since 2016 and I think that is going to really start paying off for them in terms of gaining a wider audience as the year progresses.

Motions EP's launch is on the 2nd of March at Whelan's, event page is here https://www.facebook.com/events/1977992505861727/

Sandy Kim - Rabbit Hole

Our final video and single comes from Dublin dream-pop trio Sandy Kim and their debut release 'Rabbit Hole'. The video contains footage from Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surrealistic (wasn't it always!) reworking of Alice in Wonderland, Neco z Alenky from 1988. This is a sound I traditionally enjoy very much, and it sounds remarkably assured for a debut, everything is deliciously sleepy, bass, vocals, that jangle guitar and percussion, it's automatic in terms of tempo which lends weight to that dream-like sequence feel. Sandy Kim excite me and 'Rabbit Hole' is an ear-catching debut.

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