Brittney’s Spoiled For Choice: Recent Canadian Videos
Canada has been killing it lately, guys, so hard and so fast that I haven’t been able to keep up. Here are no fewer than seven awesome videos that have fallen like manna from the north in the past month or so.
PS I Love You - “Don’t Go” (see above)
PS I Love You recently performed four songs from their upcoming LP Death Dreams for CBC Radio 2. Of the four, “Don’t Go” is the most affecting, with vocalist Paul Saulnier’s voice scratching out a high-pitched plea over the relentless, slightly distorted pop melody of his double-necked guitar and pedal bass and Benjamin Nelson’s drums.
Radio Radio – “Galope”
I still don’t understand 65% of what they’re saying, but — TINY HORSES!
Eamon McGrath – “Great Lakes”
McGrath has a voice like a warm drink, but both the song and the video slowly turn chilling. “I hope the open road and poets know to score the sores black with cocaine / Until you see the faded traveler’s mouths that ignite the sky with fear and propane,” McGrath sings as a stark black and white image of his face twitches and snarls. “Do not cross and you won’t get lost at the bottom of your addictions.”
The Guest Bedroom – “Magical Thinking”
An animated wizard makes a fuzzed-out, psychedelic attempt to use public transportation. I’m honestly not sure if this video is a political statement or just weird. BOAT OF ANIMAL JUICES! BOAT OF ANIMAL JUICES!
The Barr Brothers – “Old Mythologies”
A strangely (if comically) violent video for the Montreal foursome’s quiet, twinkling “Old Mythologies.” I can’t decide if my favorite part is Brad’s unrepressed smirk at 1:09 or the lobster on Andrew’s head at the end.
(Side note: getting hit with an egg hurts. I hope they didn’t have to do too many takes.)
Hey Ocean! - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” Arcade Fire cover
Vancouver threesome Hey Ocean! offer a lush and surprisingly warm cover of the penultimate track from Arcade Fire’s 2010 release The Suburbs. Victoria’s Aidan Knight and the Friendly Friends step in to pad the ranks and quilt the sound.
Hawk and Steel – “The Ones We Love”
Excellent Canadian video production crew Wood & Wires films Hawk and Steel performing the sad, lilting “The Ones We Love” inside Victoria’s Ditch Records.