Music Archive

  1. Sledge

    If I needed any more tempting to drop everything and jump on a flight to New York, The Museum of the Moving Image have just given me a great reason. The smart people over in Queens have been putting together Spectacle – the first ever museum exhibition to celebrate “the art and history of the music video”, which opens early next month. The romp through the last 35 years of vids will showcase over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations – and of course (my personal all-time favourite) Peter Gabriel’s Seldgehammer for your Monday Morning pleasure.

  2. Knife-list

    It’s been seven years since The Knife produced an album, 2006’s Silent Shout, and we’ve been waiting patiently for them to return. Finally they’re back. Famed for stunningly visceral live shows and collaborations with groundbreaking visual artists and directors, it’s fair to say that Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson front one of the most visually exciting bands out there today and, as you’d expect from a pairing of such considered creative output, the promo for their latest single, directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson, is typically magnificent. Subverting social stereotypes, mad choreography and an unlikely lead role all come together for an excellent watch, and obviously it sounds brilliant too.

  3. Suuns

    When it comes to flicking through Canadian visual artist Sabrina Ratté’s portfolio of moving image work, you’re never quite sure where you are. The glitchy mix of analogue and digital techniques leave plenty of room for both carefully conceived and beautifully serendipitous outcomes that probably resemble the inner workings of her brain. Regardless, who cares what they look like when they’re as magic as they are? Oh yeah, the point of this article was to tell you all to watch her latest video for Suuns – sorry that took so long to get to. Enjoy!

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    A few months ago we were wowed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s psychedelic plasticine video for Tame Imapala and by jove they’ve done it again, except this time it’s all a bit darker. For Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new number the duo have created a modern parable about life, loneliness and, well, self-love. It’s a strangely affecting couple of minutes (considering how much onanism there is) with the protagonist’s trials and tribulations brought to life with the help of some rather charming puppets. And with an arrogant TV chef, a laughing horse and the worst therapist IN THE WORLD all in the mix it’s fair to say you’ve never really seen anything quite like this.

  5. Afp

    We’ve never made any secret of our love for director Garth Jennings here at It’s Nice That HQ, and having gone cold turkey since 2011’s Lotus Flower, I’m thrilled to be able to post a new video from the man himself. Sticking with his good mate Thom Yorke, Garth has pieced together a beautifully coreographed dance-off between the main man and the even more beguiling Fukiko Takase. The video’s simplicity makes it almost pointless to describe, so I won’t, but immerse yourself in four minutes of gorgeousness.

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    Those of you near the top of the It’s Nice That class will remember a few weeks ago we showed you some tantalising teaser trailers for a new collaboration between Nokia and Somesuch & Co documenting America’s emerging music scene. The films were released recently and screened back-to-back in east London last night – and it turns out the hype was very well-founded. Of course with directors of the calibre of Emily Kai Bock, Tyrone LeBon, Bob Harlow and Abteen Bagheri involved it was always going to be special, but the final pieces surpassed my expectations being both beautifully shot and genuinely illuminating. Everyone will have their favourites, but if you do nothing else today I urge you to watch Abteen Bagheri’s extraordinary piece (above) about bounce music and gay rap in New Orleans and I loved Bob’s Detroit piece too but across the board this is a creative offering of the highest order.

  7. Mixtape

    Seeing as a specially-made, handcrafted playlist is the most romantic of gifts, this is the first instalment of what will hopefully prove to be a long and fruitful relationship between the It’s Nice That studio and you, our audience. Yep, that’s right. It’s only a bloody It’s Nice That Monthly Mixtape. Seeing as this is the first playlist to grace the pages of It’s Nice That, we decided to give it the theme of Beginnings, which is perhaps more evident in some songs than others.

  8. Jackwhite

    Jack White’s Tennessee-based record label Third Man Records have released their fair share of exotic formats; from glow-in-the-dark 45s to 13" ‘Texas’ size LPs, so it’s unsurprising to see them pushing the bar again. This time, Jack’s cheekily sandwiched a 7" inside a 12" to conceal a secret track that can only be found by cracking open the original vinyl. Whether you’re a fan of the man’s music or not, I think we can all learn from experimentation of tangible formats to keep them as extra special as we’ve always known they were.

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    There’s a new Kurt Vile album coming out soon, hooray! (If you haven’t heard the previous albums, go away and listen) And as if that wasn’t a big enough deal, Steve Powers has painted a mural for the album artwork. And, you know, as if that wasn’t enough, the footage of him painting it has been set to a nine-minute teaser track off the new record. Then they decided to make a documentary about the whole process! Whose idea was this? We don’t know. But the footage of Steve at work, mixed with Kurt’s happy face in the evening light is enough to keep us happy for a while. Watch the music video above and the short documentary below.

  10. Keith-list

    Oh hi there Keith Schofield. It’s been a while since you entertained us with the products of your twisted mind. What’s that, you’ve got a new video for Darwin Deez that takes a load of bizarre stock footage and turns it into a tragic tale of missed romantic opportunity ending in the timely death of the protagonist on a sun-drenched beach? Yeah sure we’d love to watch it. It’s bit weird though isn’t it Keith, much like that Duck Sauce video you did last time with the singing crotch-faces. Actually to be honest Keith, all of your videos make us feel a bit weird. But we do bloody love them.

  11. Grace

    There are so many reasons to post this 1986 classic this morning. Firstly, it’s a banger – drenched in 80s soft focus and colour. Secondly, Keith Haring draws a massive 60 ft dress for her to wear (3 minutes seven seconds), and the anniversary of his death was on Saturday. Thirdly, Andy Warhol’s in it (36s) looking amazing. And finally, doesn’t that blue backdrop at the beginning twinned with powerful black songstress remind you of the incredible new Gentlewoman cover?

  12. Stoemp-list

    Belgian designers Stoëmp specialise in limited-run, hand-crafted pieces of print that utilise only the slowest, most intricate processes available to contemporary designers. This means they’re pretty adept at dealing with screen and letterpress, taking great pride in creating packaging and ephemera that makes the most of these tactile techniques. Take this recent piece of vinyl packaging for Cupp Cave’s Dice Pool for example; inspired by Bryan Christopher Baker and executed by Dimitri Runkkari, the entire cover design is created by letter-pressing plastic dice to create a beautifully vivid geometric pattern. Simple, effective and very, very cool.

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    Don’t be distracted by the less-than-high-res screen shots in this post (sorry), this is a video you gotta see. You like GIFs? Of course you do. You like crazy olden-times retro footage? Of course you do. And you can find them both in the latest video for Bonobo, who it’s worth noting, usually has a cracking video to go with his much-appreciated music. Cyriak who, on further investigation, is a professional GIF maker, has spliced together clips of a 1962 film about consumerism to make this whopper of a music video. For more of Cyriak’s animations go to his website and check out Queen Elizabeth II – 60 years in 60 seconds and this animation he made for Flying Lotus.

  14. Niceideaeveryday

    With all this hoo-ha over Vine this week, I was reminded of how brilliant A Nice Idea Every Day were at the much spotlighted simple gif-like moving image technique. To my delight I found their new-ish promo showing off their now trademark stereoscopic technique for Bring me the Horizon, and it’s a belter. Forget what you’re watching on Vine – these guys wrote the book on engrossing repetition of still imagery.

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    David Wilson’s latest promo for Aussie psych rockers Tame Impala tells a gut-wrenching schoolboy tale of unrequited love. Seduced by his english teacher’s feminine wiles the protagonist is lured to her car for a presumed exchange of passions. What follows is a psychedelic trip of sexual failure and painful rejection told in David’s trademark animated style. If you’ve ever been a teenage boy you’ll feel like he’s reached inside your head and pulled out your ultimate daydream fantasy, then trampled all over it in the most beautiful way imaginable. If only all of my adolescent english lessons had such promise! One to watch repeatedly from a director who can do no wrong.

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    If you’ve got a weak stomach (especially when it comes to anything medical related) then by all means give this video a go, but I can’t promise it won’t make you flinch. Hanging out in a dreamy meadow by a river, Grizzly Bear lay in the grass whilst stoically performing basic medical tests on one another. Blood tests, ear candles, skin samples and hair tweaking are all shown in twitching, gif form in this beautiful, Dali-esque video by the super-talented Kris Moye.

  17. Daddy

    On Friday we were lucky enough to be visited by the fantastic D.A.D.D.Y (Design, Animaton, Design, Design, Yay) all the way from Dublin, and were spellbound. Every piece of their work whether a hard-hitting Red Cross campaign, one of their stunning self-written short films, or in this case a music video – is soaked in good humour and ingenious technique.

  18. Big-idea-list

    Joe Dixon’s tender video for the new Black Books’ song The Big Idea shows a romantic evening between a lonely man and his painted thumb. Having created his date’s perfect skin tone, big blue eyes and cascading golden locks, we follow the man and his hand’s coy conversation. They enjoy a Lady and the Tramp-inspired dinner for two, with the spaghetti carefully slurped between a red lipped finger and thumb. Then, after a shared (and impressively exhaled) cigarette by the fire, the couple twirl to a Roy Orbison track. But as his shadow plays across the floral wallpaper, a woman’s shadow joins the man’s.

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    I know you’re all busy but take some time out to watch George Belfield’s sumptuous new video for Richard Hawley’s Don’t Stare at the Sun – I promise you won’t regret it. It comprises a series of long lingering shots of the backs of people’s heads in various locations – from river banks to nightclubs, dingy flats to football pitches – which create a real sense of unease. The guilty voyeuristic feeling is heightened by the camera’s stubborn refusal to cut away, although sometimes a slight movement reveals an tantalising detail. The film almost feels like a photo-essay and each gorgeous shot is packed with narrative possibility and details which may or may not mean anything. A real masterclass from Mr Belfield!

  20. Kadebostany-list

    We’d be lying if we told you that Supermafia VJ’s latest spot for Swiss electro-marching band Kadebostany wasn’t a pretty tense watch. It’s all moody lighting, intense gazes and aggressive, angular dance moves. But it’s also pretty freaking excellent, forcing you to the edge of your seat as the music slowly crescendos with the relentless progression of the horn section. Whether you’re a fan of Balkan-themed brass bands or not (we are now) you’re going to want to see this for the pure experience alone.

  21. List

    Turns out that it’s nearly the end of January and true to form I haven’t kept up my New Year’s fitness regime. What I need is an excuse to get active, a creative cardio session that makes me think I’m having fun but I’m actually doing exercise. Bang! Voila! Here it is in the shape of Dutch Uncles front man Duncan Wallis doing his thing with some supremely satisfying timing. See ya later physio, I’m hanging out with Duncan!

  22. List

    This week’s much publicised collapse of the UK’s most recognisable record store chain HMV led to some predictable handwringing over the state of the music industry. It was just the latest chapter in the almost universal pessimism surrounding this much-maligned cultural cornerstone – a tale of decline that blames variously globalisation, technology and insidious taste-makers. Massive kudos then to the Sundance Channel and Nokia who have produced six films bucking this trend, celebrating the vibrant music scenes in six American cities where exciting and innovative talents shape and are shaped by their hometowns. Cleverly they’ve been directed by some of SomeSuch & Co’s stellar roster of music video directors, who are able to offer authoritative tonal and aesthetic insights into these scenes while having the chance to turn their hands to something slightly different.

  23. John_m

    I don’t need much of an excuse to write about the fantastic Django Django, but John Maclean has given me a brilliant one. First, I enjoyed watching the beautifully shot promo for Hand of Man, complete with absurd picnic cutaway (skip to 1:25s all you impatients), but my real joy came in discovering that the director is not only the brother of DD’s drummer, but even more importantly was part of timeless indie heros the Beta Band. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I then learnt that John also was nominated for a BAFTA for his short film Pitch Black Heist, starring Michael Fassbender. John, sorry for being totally naive to your being – I hope this post goes some way to stopping others also being blindfolded.

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    Today is an historic day, for today birthday boy David Bowie released his first record in 10 years. The track Where Are We Now? is a haunting elegy to his Berlin days, a melancholy ballad that builds up to something quietly, beautifully epic.

  25. Toro

    We know Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) has a keen eye for beautiful things, as we found out he trained as a graphic designer in our feature with him in Issue #6 of our magazine. So, whenever a new video lands on our doormats with his name on it, we’re always excited. Say That is no exception, and sees Chaz occupy various different locales in a rather fetching orange jumper. No, you’re right it doesn’t sound too riveting, but combine the stunning art direction (well done Cooper Rodgers) with his dulcet tones and brilliant directing from The Harry’s and you have yourself a fine piece of film to kick off 2013.

  26. Main

    “I don’t need no speed, I don’t need no heroin, I don’t want no coke, you can keep your ketamine, I’m a bassline junkie.” wails Dizzee Rascal in his trademark rasping, terrifying sound. Accompanied by the epitome of the term “creepy guy” (direct from Fast Show casting) Dizzee swans through London swearing at children and playing loud music out of a vintage car before becoming ordained and preaching to a bass-infused crowd in a church. Hilarious, rude and actually quite catchy, let this be a lesson to anyone making a music video – forget being cool, just be funny and weird instead. It’s better.

  27. Wham

    So here we are, another year of weekly music videos passes, and it’d be rude not to finish on a stone-cold classic. Last year I got away with posting Bowie and Bing’s beauty and this year I’ve Whammed up the cheesy Yuletide warmth with Last Christmas.

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    When somebody with the extraordinary talents of Emily Kai Bock recommends a bunch of creative film-makers to you, describing them as a MUST to check out, ears prick up, hairs stand on end and the follow up begins quick march style. And what a pleasure it was finding What Matters Most, and particularly Kahlil Joseph’s short film set to three sampled tracks from Flying Lotus’ latest album, Until The Quiet Comes.

  29. Toro-list

    Maybe it’s the fact that Chaz Bundick is like an adorable little pop-bear alternately dressed like Shaft and a 1980s Wall Street broker on the weekend, the exceptional cinematography, the jaw-dropping beauty of his female counterpart or just the irony with which it’s been approached but The Harrys latest video for Toro Y Moi is one of my favourites of the year. It pokes fun at a myriad music video and fashion clichés without ever being heavy-handed and somehow manages to hook you in from the very start. Add to that a soundtrack that’s like having your ears filled with some kind of delicious syrup and then licked clean, this is perhaps the finest way to wile away a few minutes of your afternoon. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

  30. Sigur_ros

    This weekend saw the end of Sigur Rós’ Valatari film experiment; an initiative wherein the band gave 12 film makers free rein and a little dough to create a short film for one of the tracks from their album of the same title. Some great names have donned their headphones and created brand new work, including Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell. The final piece of the jigsaw is a beautifully shot dialogue between a father and daughter and regardless of your liking for art-house narrative, can’t help but leave you wowed by its sheer good looks. I know, I know, it’s 12 minutes long and you’re very busy in the run up to Christmas, but I urge you find time to sit down and enjoy this and the rest of the series properly.

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    It’s not often that our favourite creatives get to produce work for one of the biggest names in music – in fact this may well be the first time it’s happened – but Hugo and Marie’s work for Rihanna’s latest Unapologetic album bucks this trend nicely. Utilising not just one, but two of our favourite illustrators, Mario Hugo and MVM, the album is awash with hand-rendered type and MVM’s now ubiquitous illustration of Miss Fenty herself.

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    It seems that every time I try and post a music video these days, director AG Rojas has done the best ones. We’ve covered a couple of his bangers this year already and since being named the UKMVA new director of the year it feels a shame not to give him another virtual high five. His latest for Purity Ring came out last week and is a surreal piggyback through numerous gloomy scenarios, none of which I can really grasp, but I get the impression that’s the point. Also, anyone who’s award ceremony acceptance speech consists of downing a whole bottle of whiskey (and surviving) can do whatever else they want in my book.

  33. Keatonhenson-list

    It’s safe to say that Keaton Henson is uncomfortable in front of the camera, in fact he’s just plain uncomfortable in front of people. The 24-year-old musician and illustrator has notoriously crippling stage fright – he’s has only ever played a handful of live shows – and until now has never appeared in any of his own music videos. Which makes his latest offering Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us all the more extraordinary. William Williamson’s four-minute video for the track feature’s the artist’s face exclusively, fixing his unwaveringly painful gaze until he can take it no longer. It’s the kind of film you can get utterly lost in and are sure to watch again and again. Breathtaking.

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    We never thought we’d see the day that Snoop Dogg was guided into a coffin by a gang of half naked dancers, children in costumes and smiling cartoon animals. Well, actually, now you think about it, it’s not too odd. In this incredible video produced by Major Lazer and directed by Eli Roth, we are able to fully witness the rebirth of Snoop as his new persona – Snoop Lion. A lot of people have said that his new name isn’t very catchy, but I think that the hundreds of people dancing and having more fun in this video than you ever will may disagree.

  35. Frosty

    As the frost sets in, I know we’ve all been thinking what on earth could provide the perfect bridge between ghoulish Halloween and chilly Yuletide? But wonder no more! Sufjan Stevens and animator Lee Hardcastle have presented us with the perfect remedy – a gruesome, bloody claymation horror story accompanied by his latest track Mr Frosty Man. It’s only two minutes long so I won’t tell you the full, sordid plot, but if you’re a Christmas purist I urge you to look away now.

  36. Ablist

    No matter how entrenched your Monday morning ennui may be, I’ve got five syllables sure to get your week off to an absolute flyer – crochet octopus. See? Awesome Australian animation studio Oh Yeah Wow have produced this magnificent video for Wax Tailor’s new single Time to Go (featuring Aloe Blacc). Directors Darcy Prendergast and Seamus Spilsbury have created a weird and wonderful narrative based around this knitted blue cephalopod and his adventures in the city, before a poignant denouement which leaves our protagonist down and out. Cool song, very cool video.

  37. Main

    Maybe it’s because yesterday my eyeballs were soiled by Die Antwoord’s new video (don’t watch it) and today I accidentally watched the video of the Eton chaps doing a Gangnam video (don’t watch it) but something about this video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse made me want to cry with happiness. There is no denying that it is absolutely brilliant.

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    “Nooo they’re drowning! Who on earth am I going to listen to through my headphones whilst I walk moodily in the rain thinking about my ex boyfriend’s duvet?!” etc. etc. Luckily the director of this brilliant new xx video has saved Romy and pals from a watery grave…this time…

  39. Jackwhite

    It’s tricky to argue with anything that Jack White does these days through the sheer relentlessness of his stunning output; so when he says he wants two versions of himself in the same video, I doubt director Dori Oskowitz put up much of a fight. His latest video for the barnstorming Shakin’ is a triumph of bendy dancers and double vision and I urge you tune in to three and a half polished minutes that ooze brand White.

  40. Sleeperhold-list

    We’ve got a huge amount of respect for anyone riding the perilous wave of independent publishing at the moment. It’s seems you can’t go a week without a new title or platform rising up and then disappearing almost immediately. To woefully mix metaphors, it’s a jungle out there!