Wednesday, December 26, 2012

12 Of My Favorite Music Videos Of 2012

It's almost impossible for me to pick favorites, but here goes, in random order:  12 of my favorite music videos posted on The Nightfly  music blog in 2012.  Fortunately the songs are as sublime as the videos.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tracey Thorn: Joy + The Making of 'Tinsel and Light'

Recently turned 50, North London resident Tracey Thorn, formerly of Everything but the Girl has been busy raising three children with EBTG partner Ben Watt whom she married in 2009.  The duo has not released a studio album since 1999, but both Thorn and Watt have done numerous solo projects and collaborations in the years since then.

Thorn's fourth solo recording 'Tinsel and Light' is a Christmas album that has her deftly avoiding the usual holiday schmaltz by offering interpretations of personal favorites by Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, The White Stripes, Ron Sexsmith, Scritti Politti, Sufjan Stevens, and more.  The 12-song collection also offers two original compositions: the title track and "Joy".

The music video for "Joy" was shot in Lille, France and was directed by Edward Bishop and Ben Watt.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Presets: Ghosts

The Presets released their third studio album 'Pacifica' in September, toured the U.S. in October, and have six shows coming up in their native Australia between late December (Rhythms and Vine Festival) and mid-February.

'Ghosts' is the second of three singles off the album so far.  The superbly edited video was shot by 23-year-old Los Angeles based writer/director Abteen Bagheri.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mø: Pilgrim + Maiden

Copenhagen based recording and visual artist Karen Marie Ørsted aka  was signed to Sony on the basis of "Maiden" and "Pilgrim".  Both of these outstanding tracks will be part of her full-length debut to be released next year.  The album will be produced by No Wav., i.e. Ronni Vindahl of Boom Clap Bachelors, Robin Hannibal of Quadron, and Bjørn Nielsen.

The videos were created by Anne Sofie Skaaring.