FILM CLIP OF THE WEEK: “PDFC” by post-dusk

 

post-dusk is Ruby Smith, Brisbane producer and multi-instrumentalist who earlier this year shared debut single ‘PDFC’ which enjoyed attention across national and community radio, local and international publications alike.

Smith now shares a video for the hazy, dreamy track which she wrote, performed, produced and mixed herself while halfway through an honours thesis in psychology.

Created in tandem with director Pernell Marsden and director of photography Samudranil Chatterjee, post-dusk has created a mysterious, awe-inspiring realm bathed in gold glitter and candle light.

‘PDFC’ is just the first taste of post-dusk’s debut EP which we will see released before the year is out.

I reviewed ‘PDFC’ earlier this year and this is what I had to say:

“The moment the chords open up on post-dusk’s new single “PDFC” you relax into the groove of this amazing little heartbreaker. It swoons and aches like a late afternoon connecting directly to that part of your eternal sigh for a better place. This song is pure perfection and beautifully ethereal, I just fall deep inside of it every time I hear it and it becomes a glorious explosion of escapism that is heightened ever so magically when the vocal melodies weave in and out like a cool breeze. It’s like being caught in a divine shiver and it just takes over your body and you get fucking elevated to some truly righteous places.

I love when pop music is moody and atmospheric as opposed to being sticky and obvious. That’s exactly what “PDFC” is, a moody masterpiece that connects due to its darkness as opposed to its sunshine. It takes an artist to be able to be this direct and deep. What “PDFC” illustrates is the importance of a solid and consistent groove in order to build the atmosphere and mood of a song. The simple drone gives “PDFC” the direction it needs to unfold with the array of keys and synths flowing over this track with a Twin Peaks spookiness allowing for the guitar lines to erupt enough Cocteau Twins via Sonic Youth orchestral tone to provide the ethereal frame. This is a pure dream pop masterpiece and the kind of song that belongs on a mixtape for someone you are secretly crushing on.

The vocal performance and lyrical direction of “PDFC” is a simple ode to the desperate pulse of loss and I know it’s a typical thing for me to search for in most music but I think it is a musing on the power and turmoil of death. It may be masked inside the rhythm of a break-up song but I think at the core of the song lyrically is an ode to the angst of loss and the claustrophobic fear of aging in a world that prefers to move quickly as opposed to being a slow cheetah. Regardless of the muse it is clear that post-dusk is yearning for escape from the crippling sting of routine and for an extreme new experience to help her feel comfort and satisfaction with the moment as opposed to the dense haze of being stuck in the fear drenched cycle of feeling powerless and unable to stop the motion of time. The real joy is the way it connects and relates with your own personal experiences and provides the ultimate pain relief from your own life dilemmas.

 

 

“PDFC” is a timeless piece of art carefully crafted and communicated to ensure that all of your emotions are beautifully serenaded to a place of extreme relaxation and dislocation. This song is a personal and very warm invitation into the world that post-dusk creates for you and although the song is awash with personal and very relatable experiences it is the stylistic swoon of the dream pop genre that allows you to engage with her landscape but to also instill your own imagination and to arrive at a place of pure escapism. This movement of music is very open and as a result it provides you the ability to become tangled in your own ache stained sighs for the one you love / loved with the only logical resolve to hit repeat on your stereo in order to sail deeper into the beautifully delicate yet emotionally raw sound of post-dusk’s music.

This song will not just become the most trusted pain reliever but also the early morning rush of a sunrise after spending an evening of discovery in the arms of someone you hope will learn to love you back.

There is a very famous lecture that Nick Cave gave about the importance of the love song that I’d like to quote in order to conclude this review. The following quotes are important to understanding what post-dusk communicates as an artist and what makes “PDFC” so important:

“Though the love song comes in many guises – songs of exultation and praise, songs of rage and of despair, erotic songs, songs of abandonment and loss – they all address God, for it is the haunted premises of longing that the true love song inhabits. It is a howl in the void, for Love and for comfort and it lives on the lips of the child crying for his mother. It is the song of the lover in need of her loved one, the raving of the lunatic supplicant petitioning his God. It is the cry of one chained to the earth, to the ordinary and to the mundane, craving flight; a flight into inspiration and imagination and divinity. The love song is the sound of our endeavours to become God-like, to rise up and above the earthbound and the mediocre”

“We each have a need to create and sorrow is a creative act. The love song is a sad song; it is the sound of sorrow itself. We all experience within us what the Portuguese call Suadade, which translates as an inexplicable sense of longing, an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul and it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song, for the Love song is the light of God, deep down, blasting through our wounds.”

“The love song must be born into the realm of the irrational, absurd, the distracted, the melancholic, the obsessive, the insane for the love song is the noise of love itself and love is, of course, a form of madness. Whether it be the love of God, or romantic, erotic love – these are manifestations of our need to be torn away from the rational, to take leave of our senses, so to speak. Love songs come in many guises and are seemingly written for many reasons – as declarations or to wound – I have written songs for all of these reasons – but ultimately the love songs exist to fill, with language, the silence between ourselves and God, to decrease the distance between the temporal and the divine.”

This accurately describes what post-dusk has done with her music and with “PDFC” she takes a deeper plunge into the abyss of her hurt shaped experiences in order to clean her wounds and create an incredibly divine movement of music. The safety of pop music is not on the agenda here and whilst this song has hooks it is the overall atmosphere of loss and despair that lets it hang inside your heart and soul. You carry this music with you and it buries itself deep inside of you long after you’ve listened to it. A song like “PDFC” will haunt you and wrap itself around you like a warm blanket. Like all great pieces of art it is not an instant or easy communication to digest but this is not music designed purely for the beat of major label consumerism. This is music created by someone who has loved and who has been damaged by the madness of it but who also uses heavy optimism to communicate just how much joy she gets from the rush of rejection and connection.

On “PDFC” post-dusk proves that depth, intensity and atmosphere are more important to the successful communication of pop music than the emptiness of one hit wonder world domination. I feel privileged to be able to review this song because it provided me with so much personal comfort and I’ve only lived with it for seven days. I look forward to what long term listening will do and how “PDFC” will soundtrack the many more adventures I plan to take into the landscape of broken hearted disco dancing and new romancing. This is a flawless song from a true artist who has successfully entered the realm of being one of the few modern contributors to the timeless dialogue of beauty, honesty and truth.”

By: Dan Newton

Useful Links:

https://www.facebook.com/postdusk | www.soundcloud.com/post-dusk
www.instagram.com/postdusk | www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/post-dusk

VIDEO REVIEW: “Wanted” by Go Violets

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There’s not much to review in this video really, I just thought it would give me a second chance at once again review this totally amazing song.

So yeah, I’ve had time to live with the song now and my opinion still has not changed. This is a world class pop song that outshines a lot of the music happening in Brisbane; fuck it, the world at the moment. I know there are a heap of indie pop related bands happening at the moment that touch on this sound but none of them connect and I think that’s because they are so busy trying to be someone else they forget to be themselves. I know that is a rather immature thing to use in a music review, the whole “be yourself” quip, but I think that is the secret to why Go Violets sound supremely better because they are being honest with the listener.

Look, I much prefer sitting down to write about music that I like and that inspires some kind of passion in me. This week I had planned to write a whole bunch of reviews that have been piling up but I just haven’t been in the fucking mood to do it. Hearing new music from Go Violets and the pending release of the new Nine Inch Nails record have however sparked my muse once again and I’ve just wanted to sit down and  write endless articles about why the music of these two bands are so brilliant. Worlds apart I know but you know me I’m not a fucking genre dickweed, you either make good music or you make bad music and Go Violets and Nine Inch Nails both make supremely amazing music. Anyway, that is a fucking disclaimer of sorts I suppose blah.

So the film clip for “Wanted” is you know a film clip, it does what a film clip is meant to do and sells the song quite well. This film clip could have been a plain white screen of nothing and I still would have loved it, providing that song was playing.

I know a lot of your internal dialogues are confused  as to why a song like “Wanted” connects with me emotionally the same way a song by say Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, EYEHATEGOD or TOOL does and I can tell you that Go Violets do the self-same thing as all of those bands.  You either respect music or you don’t.  If you respect music you don’t see the difference between what Go Violets and Deftones do, it’s the same fucking same thing at the end of the day. Dynamically you can speak about the different tricks each band uses to communicate their emotions but at the end of the day it has the ache man and that’s all that matters. Genre should never come into how you engage with the music world because that leads you down a path to being a real bummer anti-equality (subconsciously) human and that is bad fucking voodoo for the world around you man, some real bad shit.

Anyway, anyway, anyway, anyway back to the song.

So yeah, the film clip, very cool but it’s giving me a second chance to review the song now that it has had a chance to be a part of my life for longer than a few hours. I wanted (pardon the pun, fucking boom tish boom) to really document with this review why the song is so damn cool. I know I have a habit of being way too fucking deep and intense and I’m sure some people may engage in that kind of conversation after they read this, the whole “shit, that guy looks way to deeply into things” and yeah yeah, fuck off – but once again I descend into disclaimers and not the point, so here is the point.

What makes “Wanted” so amazing is the lyrics and melodic structure of the song. The dynamics of the song itself are in debt to the kind of pop music that Kim Deal creates which will always allow for an instant “kool thing” vibe to leap out at you. There is an undeniable kool to Kim Deal and if Go Violets wanted to put a genre next to what they do they should just call it “Kim Deal Pop Music” because that collision of words really sells the amazing sound of what they do. I know the younger humans reading this will hear the whole Best Coast thing and yeah that does cross my mind but you know for as much as I love Best Coast all roads lead back to Kim Deal. I think in my searching to discover why I like “Wanted” so much I discovered that it has a lot to do with Kim Deal so yeah,” Kim Deal Pop Music” – I’m sure your publicity and management teams will advise against it but you know, that’s what I’ve labelled you in my iTunes library.

Go Violets make music in the same way that Kim Deal does, it is full of pop music spooks and punk rock kooks. There is however another reason, a lot bigger than Kim Deal, as to why Go Violets and the song “Wanted” in particular connects so deeply with me and it has a lot do with the following song:

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That’s right, Carole King – everyone who has a healthy investment in all things grrrl and punk rock and slacker know just how important a record “Tapestry” is. The above song “It’s Too Late” is one of my favourite pop songs of all time. The hook and feel of “It’s Too Late” is the same good time vibe I get from “Wanted” when I listen to it. I love a band that can mix pop skills with weirdness and noise and Go Violets have a wonderful Carole King vibe to their pop skills and upon re-listening to “Josie” I’m also convinced that is why I love that song as well. I think The Carpenters are also responsible for that same feeling but “Wanted” has so much in common with Carole King.

So yeah, Kim Deal and Carole King that pretty much sums it up for me. That is why Go Violets fucking rule and that is why “Wanted” is a brilliant piece of pop music because it steals and re-invents the masters of the craft.

I’ll be counting down the days for the bands EP release in October.

10 Trillion Cassette Tapes out of 10

By: Dan Newton

Watch The Clip and Listen to the song right here:

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/homeandhosed/blog/s3836035.htm

NOT ANOTHER FUCKING LIST: 2013 in Music so far – Heavy and Weird’s favourite stuff

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Albums and Songs

Album of the Year so far

“…Like Clockwork” by Queens Of The Stone Age

Song of the Year so far

“Where Are We Now?” by David Bowie

Australian Album of the Year so far

“Vs Head Vs Heart” by Emma Louise

Australian Song of the Year so far

“Josie” by Go Violets

Rock Album of the Year so far

“Self-Titled” by Chelsea Light Moving

Metal Album of the Year so far

“Disarm The Descent” by Killswitch Engage

Pop Album of the Year so far

“Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Re-issue of The Year

Above by Mad Season

Top Eleven Albums of the Year so far

1.”…Like Clockwork” by Queens Of The Stone Age
2.”mbv” by My Bloody Valentine
3. “The Next Day” by David Bowie
4. “Self-Titled” by Chelsea Light Moving
5. “VS Head Vs Heart” by Emma Louise
6. “Push The Sky Away” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
7. “I See Seaweed” by The Drones
8.  “Tomorrow’s Harvest” by Boards Of Canada
9. “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” by Alice In Chains
10. “Oddfellows” by Tomahawk
11. “Disarm The Descent” by Killswitch Engage

People / Bands / Artists

Favourite New Artist of the Year so far

 Go Violets

 Band of the Year so far

 Queens Of The Stone Age

 Solo Artist of the Year so  far

 David Bowie

 Australian Band of the Year so far

 The Drones

Australian Solo Artist of the Year so far

 Emma Louise

Film Clip of the Year so far

“Swerve City” by Deftones

Gig of the Year so far

Deftones at The Tivoli

Top Five Brisbane bands / artists of the Year so far

1. Go Violets
2. Little Planes Land
3. Foxsmith
4. Emma Louise
5. The Mercy Beat

Favourite Live Music Venue of the Year so far

The Zoo

Top Five Bands who will take over the world in 2013

1. Palms
2. Go Violets
3. Foxsmith
4. Emma Louise
5. Baroness

Bands / Artists  who we reckon you should check out who have done or will do amazing things this year

1. Jen Cloher
2. Courtney Barnett
3. Kathryn Rollins
4. Amanda Merdzan
5. Pool Shop
6. The Androgyny
7. Babaganouj
8. Kellie Lloyd
9. We All Want To
10. Balloons Kill Babies
11. Ghost Audio

The 2013 Wishlist

1. Tool release a new album
2. Pearl Jam release a new album
3. Deftones release their lost album EROS
4. +++ (Crosses) release their third EP and a debut full length album
5. Soundgarden tour Australia
6. Nine Inch Nails tour Australia
7. Queens Of The Stone Age tour Australia
8. Palms tour Australia
9. +++ (Crosses) tour Australia
10. Melvins tour Australia
11. Fiona Apple tours Australia

and who do we predict will make the greatest album of 2013

This band of course

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with this amazing album (only seven days to go until it is released)

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Just listen to the amazing first single

and now listen to this as well, the opening track to the album

Big Love

Dan Newton xo

 

Heavy and Weird House Rules xo – Please Consider

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Some Points About Articles On Heavy & Weird

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‘Sacrelige’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs – A Video Review Conversation

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By Ariana Pelser & Bec Wolfers

In celebration of Heavy and Weird’s ‘Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ tribute week, Ariana and Bec decided to have a joint review conversation about the video for ‘Sacrelige’ – the first single from the new YYY record, ‘Mosquito’.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Watch the video below.

Bec: Hello Ariana! So what did you think of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new video for ‘Sacrelige’?

Ariana: Hi Bec. Why, thank you for asking. I have to say that I am a definite fan of the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs video for the song ‘Sacrilege’. It was a rather intense video which struck an emotional chord.

How about you?

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Bec: I’m in agreement – it was a really confronting and artistic video. Unsettling and mysterious, it left me with more questions than answers – which I often find is the mark of good art.

What did you feel were some of the themes present in the video?

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Ariana: Well, as you said above, ‘it left me with more questions than it did answers’. I had to view the video a few times in order to make sense of it all.
It touched on quite a few thematic concepts, however the most prevalent for me would have to be the religious theme (ie, the priests and the various religious symbols scattered throughout the video) along with the exploration into the dark and sinister side of human nature.

Speaking of the dark and sinister side of human nature, there seems to be some intense imagery focused around this motif. How did it affect you and what are your thoughts on the subject?

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Bec: Thanks for the interesting question, Ari. I found the imagery very expressive…yet open to interpretation. It all left me with a disturbed feeling, but I also felt satisfied with its artistry and depth – I didn’t feel the creepiness and intensity of it was gratuitous. It felt like it was making an important statement. We begin with the protagonist (model Lily Cole’s character) being burned at the stake, which is a jarring image. I find it very difficult to separate myself emotionally from things I watch (which is, I guess, why I don’t enjoy horror movies). To me, the thought of being burned to death is one of the most horrible things in the world. The look of shock and terror on Lily’s character’s face, combined with the jeers and smirks of the townspeople, is the kind of moment that leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach.

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There is clearly a lot of blame in this scene – Lily is the scapegoat for the townspeople’s collective shame. Nothing like mass hysteria to turn a group of people into monsters. The religious imagery also brings up further meditations on shame, blame and redemption. This video asks “what is ‘sacrilege’? What are people capable of when they want to defend the concept of sanctity?”. This video shows the hypocrisy of people fighting for ‘morality’ – ironically, in persecuting a woman for sleeping around, the townspeople wind up committing murder – which is kind of a far worse crime, no? Does the bible not say “judge not, lest ye be judged”, and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”? The townspeople are far from without sin; we see them all in sexual trysts with Lily’s character throughout the video. All in all, the video (and song) both strangely struck me as darker cousins of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”. Something about the lyrical content, gospel harmonies and clapping (in the song), and sexual imagery and fire (in the video).

Although, after the second watching, I picked up on the fact that events were happening backwards, I find myself still in some debate and confusion over the video’s story. What were your thoughts on the plot and how events unfolded, Ari?

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Ariana: It’s certainly a very intriguing video and unfolds more like a feature film than a regular music video. I felt like I was witnessing the story of an intricately woven crime thriller set in both modern and ancient times. The narrative is initially difficult to grasp as the video plays out in a rather stunted and inconsistent way. In the opening scene we see a group of silhouetted figures in a dark and isolated field walking towards the camera while a fire rages in the background. We see a young lady sitting over a masked man in the centre of this ring of fire with tears rolling down her cheeks. Fast forward to the final scene of the video and we see a beautiful and serene looking bride adorned in a delicate white lace wedding dress walking through a set of church doors (made evident by the large cross painted on them). The plot doesn’t seem to make much sense at all until you figure out that the story actually unfolds in reverse. Once you come to this realisation all the pieces fall into place. I think it’s a highly effective film technique and in a way portrays the sordid tale of the main character’s (Lily Cole) decline from what can be considered to be ‘holy’ or ‘sacred’ into the animalistic realms of desire, lust and sexual promiscuity – displayed through the various erotic sexual encounters she has throughout the video.
Overall, what’s your star power rating out of 10 Bec Wolfers?

Bec: Ari, I felt this was a really well done video – it asks some interesting questions, it looks great cinematically, it has a unique creative slant, and it evokes an emotional reaction from the viewer. ‘Sacrelige’ gets an 8 out of 10 star power rating from me. I’m strict with my star power 🙂
What would you give it?

Ariana: You certainly don’t give away that star power easily Ms. Wolfers 🙂
Both visually gripping and emotionally chilling, I think that the team from Megaforce have done a brilliant job with this video. With this said, I give ‘Sacrilege’ a pure and wholesome 8.5 star power out of 10.