Category Archives: Alternative

Neneh Cherry Releases Visual For Natural Skin Deep

Neneh Cherry’s video for “Natural Skin Deep” moves quickly with multiple scenarios directed by Crack Stevens. He explains, 

“We filmed the video with a large and beautiful cast in Beirut, Lebanon. Much of my work is community-centric, be it global or local community. It’s important that we all see ourselves reflected in art. Equally, it’s about whether our relationship with materialism is making us more apathetic to what’s going on around us? Neneh being this global icon and the name of the album being called Broken Politics lent itself to having more intent within the various themes. There is a lot going on in video truth be told, I went to see Neneh play at Village Underground and everyone whipped out their phones to film her, so much so I got asked by this guy to move because I was in the way of his phone. Seemed quite ironic that the world is right here in front of us, really 360-degree drama. Instead of communicating through screens maybe we’re all consuming it through screens.”

Cherry’s song about colonization is one statement among many from her current album Broken Politics. The people in the video aggressively focus their phones on Cherry instead of the world they live in every day. But Cherry never stops dancing and interacting with the people as her lyrics level pay tribute to the Great Sioux Nation that had their land taken by the United States because of the gold presence. 

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Moses Sumney Shares New Song Announces EP

Moses Sumney releases a new song, “Rank & File” today and announces the Black In Deep Red EP. “Rank & File” has military overtones and criticizes a police state and the submission required of its enforcing officers. Sumney is releasing the Black In Red EP this month and had this to say, 

Black in Deep Red, 2014 was ignited by the first and last time I attended a protest. It was in the fall of 2014, after a grand jury decided not to charge the offending officer in the Mike Brown murder, delivering the verdict just in time for them to get home for Thanksgiving.
 
I felt like a camouflaged outsider at the protest, like an anthropologist performing a study amongst his own kind. I took to the mountains soon after that and wrote these songs, wondering if power was a transferable device that could change hands through the vocalizing of unrest.
 
The EP’s title is inspired by a 1957 Mark Rothko painting by the same name.”
Catch Moses Sumney on tour
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Ibeyi Release Visual For Transmission/Michaelion Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello

Ibeyi’s “Transmission/Michaelion” featuring Meshell Ndegeocello video is dedicated to the narrative about a sacred tree. The sisters fade in and out of the frame and they are superimposed on each other as the screen changes color and text. The treatment is minimal but effective in telling their spiritual story. Ash is Ibeyi’s sophomore album and they are on tour until the end of the year. 

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Meet: The Brothers Footman (Interview)

The Brothers Footman are literally four brothers, a cousin and a close friend newly formed in their mission of making genre-defying music. The brothers, Dikembe, Gerald, Micah and Joshua were raised in a close-knit household where their parents preferred gospel music. As they came of age, the discovery of other sonic worlds took over and their budding musicianship grew beyond their childhood influences. It was an unplanned bump in their daily routine that spurred the Indiana natives to casually share their music on the Internet. They were seen by indie label Victory Music Buzz within a year of posting and soon had a deal. 

Whether it’s the R&B and country sound of “Clear Country Sky” or the doo-wop and rock-influenced “A Lil Mo’ Time” the band’s collective voice paints a lasting memory after one listen because of their singular style. This summer they are touring and releasing new singles as they continue to hone their playing, writing and smooth harmonies. Dikembe, who sings and plays guitar, shares their story and some details about how The Brothers Footman dove into music and where they are headed next in their odyssey. 

 

I feel like people are missing out on so much music because we have categorized it so crazy”

How did you and your brothers become artists?

It started when we were little kids both of my parents were involved in music in different groups singing and stuff in church. The whole family plays so we pretty much started then but we never tried to be a band together until about I’d say about six months ago.

Do you play an instrument as well?

I do, I play the guitar and Gerald plays the piano Josh plays the drums but he’s also a front man and then Micah plays the bass and then we got Zack Craft on the guitar and Don Reynolds on the drums.

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Res Unearths Natural Disaster Single

Res digs into her laptop and reveals “Natural Disaster” a song that she says on her Twitter timeline that has been “unheard for too long.” She sings about a state of heartbreak with Carribean horns, snare drums and a resolve to survive. 

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