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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Music Roundup: Video Edition

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Norwegian pop is always nice
  • Norwegian pop is always nice
Most people probably think that music videos have been dead for a while— not so. They just don't have the same kind of marketing that they used to. Probably because now, every single band has access to all kinds of cheap video making tools and software. So music videos no longer need to be million dollar affairs to be cool. In fact, it's the artsy, low-budget stuff that people tend to gravitate toward these days anyway.

This week we're bringing you some suggestions for recently released albums and doing so with music videos. They may not actually be the coolest things we've ever seen. But the music in them is pretty dang good.

First up is the video for "Fog of War" by Norwegian band Young Dreams. While the song came out last year, the album it's on, Between Dreams, was just released last week. It's some great flowing pop and the story in the video is powerful.

Next is the video for "Running For Cover" from Seattle group Ivan & Alyosha. You might remember this band from their opening set for Brandi Carlile at LSA last year in Bend. While the video is visually nice to look at, it doesn't break any creativity records. But the song is delightful pop-folk with soft harmonies that conjure up thoughts of a spring road trip and it's from their new album All the Times We Had.

Finally we've got a very funny video from Portland group Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. This sassy band has played Bend a couple of times at Father Luke's Room always bringing with them a rowdy good time!

In their video for "Party Kids," the first single from their 2013 album Untamed Beast, Ford gets to kick some serious ass. While it may not be Seagal like stunts, the fighting is pretty convincing. There are also some cool outtakes at the end of the old fashioned bar brawl. Well... old fashioned up until the part where the hipster reading a book in a bar gets the girl.

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Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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