Watch: Local Natives perform ‘Wooly Mammoth’ and ‘Ceilings’ for La Blogotheque’s ‘A Take Away Show’.

(Photo via primaveraindiependente.blogspot.co.uk)

At the Optimus Primavera Sound festival in Porto in May, Local Natives performed two songs for La Blogotheque’s ‘A Take Away Show’ – ‘Wooly Mammoth’ and ‘Ceilings’, both of which are taken from the band’s sophomore album Hummingbird. You can watch the short set below via Vimeo.

 

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Watch: M O N E Y’s ballet-themed video to ‘Hold Me Forever’.

(Photo via We All Want Someone To Shout For)

At Midday today (1st July), Pitchfork.tv debuted the music video to Manchester band M O N E Y’s single ‘Hold Me Forever’, which will also feature on their forthcoming album The Shadow of Heaven, released on the 26th August, via the Bella Union label. The video is also the directoral debut of Cillian Murphy (otherwise known as the bloke who played the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. He also played roles in The Wind that Shakes The Barley, Red Eye, and 28 Days Later). Talking of his directoral debut, Murphy stated:

“Hold me Forever knocked me out when I first heard it. It’s a sublime mix of beautiful melody and arresting emotion – but uniquely it is not a love song. I wanted to try and match the song with images that were both visually elegant and powerful. For some reason ballet dancers kept coming into my head. The strength, commitment and fluidity of movement of the dancers seemed somehow to cut wonderfully to the song.”

The song is undeniably beautiful, possessing an etherial quality due to the swirling combination of chimey guitars and synths, coupled with the strikingly uplifting and fluid lyrics of the band’s frontman, Jamie Lee. Thus, as Murphy pointed out, the fluidly of movement throughout the song undoubtedly matches the movement of dancers, making for a quite strikingly beautiful coupling.

The video was shot on location at The Old Vic Theatre in London, and features the talents of the English National Ballet.

N.B. – This video strikingly reminds me of Local Natives’ contribution to Pitchfork’s ‘City of Music’ series, which also utilises ballet dancers to express the movement of a song. Watch it below.

Watch: The National’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

(Photo via byvolume.co.uk)

Earlier this month, following the release of their sixth LP Trouble Will Find MeThe National performed a Tiny Desk concert at NPR, a U.S. national public radio network. In their acoustic set, they performed four songs taken from Trouble Will Find Me, ‘This Is The Last Time’, ‘I Need My Girl’, ‘Pink Rabbits’, and ‘Sea Of Love’.

NPR does not allow video embedding outside the UK, so here’s the link.

The National will play a number of shows in the UK:

Wednesday, 26th June – Camden Roundhouse, London (with Local Natives).

Monday, 11th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester.

Tuesday, 12th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester.

Wednesday, 13th November – Alexandra Palace, London.

Thursday, 14th November – Alexandra Palace, London.

Watch: Local Natives perform ‘Breakers’ at Primavera Sound Barcelona (via Pitchfork).

Last Month, LA-based band Local Natives performed at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain following the release of their latest album, Hummingbird in January. The album, which followed up 2009’s Gorilla Manor represented a marked maturity in the band’s musical output, and explored aspects of depression, death and heartbreak. The album was created closely with Aaron Dessner of The National, who produced Hummingbird in his home studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Local Natives will perform with The National at Camden’s Roundhouse in London on the 26th June. They will be performing at Glastonbury Festival on Friday 28th June, T in the Park on the 14th July, Latitude Festival on the 21st July, Beacons Festival on the 17th August, Green Man on the 18th August, and Gathering Festival on 19th October. In addition, Local Natives have a UK tour in July/August:

Monday 15th July – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.

Tuesday 16th July – Concorde 2, Brighton.

Tuesday 15th October – Junction, Cambridge.

Wednesday 16th October – Waterfront, Norwich.

Thursday 17th October – Brixton Academy, London.

Sunday 20th October – The Sage, Gateshead.

Friday 25th October – The Leadmill, Sheffield.

Saturday 26th October – The Ritz, Manchester.

Sunday 27th October – Bristol Academy, Bristol.

Tuesday 29th October – Southampton University, Southampton.

Go to See Tickets to purchase tickets for the tour.