Jenny Pulse - My Love Turns To Liquid

Phillipe Roberts

For her reimagining of Dream 2 Science’s “My Love Turns to Liquid,” Jenny Pulse doesn’t so much rebuild the song’s aquatic groove as put it on ice. Gone are the watery drip samples and the soothing waves of vibraphone. She drains the warmth out of the bassline until it stings and lets the lead synth glide and creep. With her voice caught in this untamed whirl, Jenny Pulse sounds adrift but playful, blissfully lost in a glacial landscape far from the original’s soulful electronic paradise.

The video, premiering today here on ThrdCoast and edited by CMI in Minneapolis, takes that vibe of joyful isolation and runs with it. Filmed on a (to quote the artist) “very fucking cold” day in January, it chronicles a Lower East Side, New York romp through the rapidly decomposing lens of a VHS camera. Jenny frolics freely while her surroundings are cloaked in glitchy anonymity; other than a peculiarly menacing snowman, hers is the only face visible, prancing about in frosty joy as the world distorts and collapses around her.

Pre-order Jenny Pulse upcoming tape "Jenny Pulse Cassette" HERE. Out August 31st via Drop Medium. 


JOBS - Pink

Gerard Marcus

Perfection is weird; it's by its very definition never obtainable. According to Merriam-Webster, perfection is “freedom from fault or defect.” But who decides what’s a fault or defect? JOBS' new video for their single “Pink” considers that question at its core, turning what some people might see as faults into a video that is pretty close to that elusive perfection.

“Pink” the track is a wild combination of pulsing rhythms, distorted guitars, and surreal vocals that more directly evoke imagery than meaning. It’s a song of sensation that ask you to listen deep without any expectation of reward. Directed by Britt Ciampa, the video portrays two characters dragging objects through what seems like a parade of ghosts. JOBS' singer-guitarist David Scanlon’s distorted image is overlayed throughout, creating a beautiful collage of hyper-stimulating imagery. Britt Ciampa's work as a visual effects artist really shines in the video. Using visual ideas he discovered through failures at creating photorealistic fixes in his usual work as a vfx artist, he creates a visual language for this video that pairs excellently with the driving pulse and distorted sounds of JOBS track. He created perfection out of imperfection, and what’s more perfect than that?


Why Bonnie - Stereo

By Max Freedman

Those who believe in ghosts will get a kick out of Why Bonnie’s “Stereo” video. No ghosts appear in the video, but Alex Winker (director, editor) and Kyle Wall (production, visuals) don’t need spirits to achieve a clip that’s as ghoulish as the song itself. Frontwoman Blair Howerton appears submerged in water, projected in negative, and trapped in a TV; all the while, she maintains a demure, possessed look as she sings, almost as though she’s listlessly drifting about Dracula’s Castle.

The eerie, loner pop of “Stereo” exemplifies the spark that shoots across Why Bonnie’s most recent EP, “Nightgown,” released in June on Sports Day Records. The record melts twee, surf, and dream pop into a witchy brew that provides a stellar soundtrack to arid nights spent wandering the band’s hometown of Austin, TX. Why Bonnie called on Dan Duszinsky, one half of Austin-area duo Cross Record and an esteemed wizard of all things haunting, to master Nightgown. “Stereo” is the track on which his signature creeping lethargy most strikingly manifests. Sure, Why Bonnie makes pop music, but their songs are plenty apt for those moments when harnessing a dark energy is needed, and the video for “Stereo” pretty much provides a how-to on bringing those spirits to life.

Check out Why Bonnie live! They open for Hinds 9/27 @ The North Door in Austin, TX



LEYA - Cats

By Gerard Marcus

New York City is a place that bombards you with information. Stimulus seems to come from everywhere and silence can sometimes feel like a luxury. For some people, the constant barrage is fine, but for others like myself, finding ways to tighten focus is necessary for mental clarity.

LEYA’s latest video for “Cats,” directed by Corbin Ordel, is a perfect example of finding that focus. Filmed in one take, the camera follows the band from a street in Brooklyn to a private performance space, depicting transition and shifting focus in a beautiful way. In the first section of the video, there is no “music” per se, but only ambient sound from the street. The camera floats behind the band in as if a wandering, observant presence, only to stop in front of a door as the band enters and walks away down a hall. You slowly hear the presence of music. The rich, hypnotic sounds of LEYA seem to resonate from the hallway, calling you in. The camera advanced and suddenly you find yourself at the end of the hallway, worlds away from the noise of the busy street, in an intimate room with LEYA playing. The sound, comprised of long violin tones, sparse harp, angelic voices, and electronics, floats as the camera dances around LEYA, bringing an intimacy to their performance that holds all of your attention. It’s a beautifully simple video for a beautifully simple song, and sometimes at the end of a long day, you just need something simple.