Today’s lineup: Tim Burgess shakes it, Nêhiyawak flash some Copper, Folly & The Hunter come and go, and Middle Kids get salty. To the videos!
1 | Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess isn’t faking anything in the video for the new wave firecracker Nik V, from his recently released solo album As I Was Now. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “Nik V is a song from 10 years ago but it never had a name,” recalls Burgess. “Then I met Nik V and I knew that the song was about her. The video was filmed in East London where we used to spend a lot of time.” Shake your bangs with Timmy above.
2 | Indigenous trio Nêhiyawak unveil their sleekly polished new synth-rock single Copper, from their upcoming EP Starlight. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “Copper is Nêhiyawak at its most strident, with icy synths, heavily plated guitar, and tense log percussion underpinning Kris Harper’s strained vocals – a song about the importance of understanding who you are and where you are from, says Harper. “Our most powerful tool against the forms of violence presented in our modern cultures.” Play it cool:
3 | Montreal duo Folly & The Hunter have good news and bad news. The good: They just released a video for the song Now I Know, the opening track from their Oct. 26 album Remains. The bad: They’re going on indefinite hiatus. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “Taking a break has nothing to do with our love of making music,” the band says. “We cherish the time we have spent playing around the world. But keeping a band active long-term takes the right circumstances, and as time passes, those circumstances have become hard for us to sustain. We love performing and creating, but a musician’s life can also be quite difficult. We both need to focus on other things for a while, for our mental and physical health.” Wave goodbye:
4 | Australian trio Middle Kids unleash a lyric video for their brand new (and deceptively sweet) track Salt Eyes, a followup single to their recent album Lost Friends. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “This compelling new single was recorded in Ryan Adams‘ Los Angeles studio during their American tour earlier in the year, and is yet another display of their knack for haunting hooks and lyrical poignancy that ooze irresistible indie rock appeal. Hannah Joy explains: “Salt Eyes is when you get those red-dry-eyes after a big cry. Sometimes we try to live large but actually it makes us feel small. Salt Eyes is what we get when we’re searching for freedom but haven’t found it yet.” Try the Salt licks: