April, 2018 Archives

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Apr

Watch Hop Along’s Charming Video For New Song “How Simple” Off Beguiling “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” Album

by Lefort in Music

We’ve been fans of Philly’s Hop Along since we first laid ears on Frances Quinlan’s gifted, nonpareil vocals that imbue her riveting lyrics. Three years since their last album’s release, the band is back with their outstanding new album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog. To get a feel for the new sounds, check out the new video for lead-off single How Simple (lyrics at bottom). Quinlan is charming and beguiling throughout the video as she meanders through throw-back sets and escapee lighting. About the video, Quinlan has said: “This is my first time appearing in a music video; in which case I decided to do something that felt risky to me. I told myself that I’ve danced through my own house solo enough times to do an alright job of it in front of a camera.”

We love the song (and video), with its softened edges and intentions [sic] to detail.  You can pick up Bark Your Head Off, Dog HERE.

How Simple:

“I suppose one, one, one who hasn’t seen
The earlier frames
Could say I am advancing up this road
I am advancing

Pale as a banshee sun
Think I should stop checking myself out
In the windows of cars
When I could see my future in her pictures of relatives

How simple my heart can be
How simple my heart can be
Frightens me

Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together

Your hand was on me
It seemed like you were being sweet
Here I am again
At the reserve to drink

It’s not that I thought
Like all of a sudden you change
We were covered in each other’s snot
In my childhood bed
Well it seemed like we were being sweet
Her pictures of relatives
How simple my heart can be
Frightens me

Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together
Don’t worry we will both find out
Just not together

We will find out
Here I am again
At the reserve to drink”

4
Apr

Middle Kids Release New Song/Video “On My Knees” As Offering From New Album

by Lefort in Music

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One of our most highly-anticipated album-releases this year is Lost Friends, the debut album from Australia’s formidable Middle Kids that will be released on May 4th on Domino Records. We’ve been bowled over by Middle Kids’ incredibly well-wrought and melodic songs (Never Start and Edge of Town) and sounds ever since we first caught wind of them in late 2016.

Having previously released the enormous, singalong-anthem Mistake from the Lost Friends, today the band (gifted vocalist and guitarist, Hannah Joy, percussionist Harry Day, and talented multi-instrumentalist/producer Tim Fitz) has released another winsome/lose-some song entitled On My Knees via the song’s official video. Check it out below (and the song’s lyrics at bottom).

About the song, Middle Kids have said: “‘On My Knees is about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. When we stop focus on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people.”

On My Knees‘ gestalt is reflected in the video in which a cross-section of individuals attempt to “win” their “auditions,” only to seemingly realize the inconsequence of their individual efforts in the face of a bigger picture. As Hannah Joy alludes in the song, seeking deeper meaning while on one’s knees always seems to help sort and set-right the heart and mind. We love the theme and grandeur of the song, not to mention its massive, emphatic sound (Tim Fitz’s huge production is phenomenal here and throughout). On My Knees confirms that there are many more gems coming from this band and can’t wait for Lost Friends!

You can pre-order Lost Friends HERE.  Having seen them live, you won’t want to miss their upcoming U.S. tour in June, the dates of which can be found HERE.

On My Knees:

“Give me a sign, I said, give me a sign
I got the big green eyes and they’re looking everywhere
Give me a hand, I said, give me a hand
Because mine are open wide and I’m just hoping that you’re there
You are never far from my mind

CHORUS
I swear when I am on my knees it’s different
I swear when I’ve fallen off my feet
I stare at everything a little different
There’s something there that I have never seen

What is the plan, I said, what is the plan?
I am the second hand,
I am a roadside distraction and they’re
Looking at me as if I got what they need
But I don’t got it, don’t got it, don’t got it
You think I know but I don’t know I don’t know”