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I can’t promise you that I spent 32 minutes watching this Suuns video, but I can promise you that the option is available to you if you want it. The clip, directed by Suuns frontman Ben Shemie and inspired by Richard Serra, involves lengthy footage of the sun and much washing of hands (it’s about “repetition and absolution of sin“) set to “Sunspots” from last year’s Images Du Futur. The Montreal psych experimentalists themselves show up for a while too. Zone out with it below.

We named Nai Harvest a Band To Watch because they’re fucking great, and your latest chance to witness that greatness in action is their new video for “Buttercups” from their recent split 12-inch with Playlounge. The band tells Crack, “Washing machines are cool dude! At the time Ed Crisp; who shot the video, had the idea of putting flowers in a washing machine then we decided to hit the laundrette to keep a little theme going. But, now you mention it thinking a little deeper I guess it’s a hint towards our album. That may sound weird but you’ll get it when it’s out.” Mysterious thematic foreshadowing aside, it’s a neat portrait of the Sheffield duo and an introduction to their most recent sonic evolution. They’ve already grown from twinkly emo to shoegazey alt-rock, and is that a touch of Oasis I’m now hearing in their fuzzed-out guitar pop? It’s essentially a conglomeration of everything good about melodic ’90s guitar music, so go ahead and watch below.

Native America sounds ancient, but not pre-Columbian ancient. Rather, on upcoming LP Grown Up Wrong the New Orleans trio trades in ebullient, hooky classic rock as filtered through about a half-dozen psych-pop revivals. “Like A Dream,” for instance, is slightly hallucinatory, highly rambunctious, and always riding a contagious groove. It’s as physical as it is ephemeral; it shimmers and it shakes. “Let me tell ya ’bout a different time, when no one smiled for pictures,” sings frontman Ross Farbe. “I remember when the evenin’ light shined so colorful, and nothin’ else could take me away.” There’s a lot going on here sonically, yet it all feels so simple — like the good old days, allegedly, although that sort of nostalgia is probably just a fantasy too. Listen and enjoy below.

Comments

 +4Posted on Aug 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor (133 comments)

This album seems technically “better” than Comedown Machine — it’s certainly more focused — but I enjoyed Comedown Machine a lot more.

 -1Posted on Aug 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor (133 comments)

I guess I’m not hearing the vocal change you’re talking about. I felt a slight musical shift starting with Antics, as mentioned above. The band always felt tight and more forced after the first album, as if they’re trying a little too hard.

 +2Posted on Aug 27th | re: This Is The Ether: Reintroducing Merchandise (16 comments)

Agreed! We are definitely pursuing as many of these kinds of features as we can swing. Here are some more Cover Stories in case you haven’t seen them: http://www.stereogum.com/category/cover-story/

 +5Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Pretty sure Maroon 5 just inverted the Weezer logo which was itself a play on the Van Halen logo. Also this might be the most mediocre Maroon 5 song, an accomplishment worthy of a VMA if ever there was one.

 0Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTOy-IbqUPo

 +16Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Uncontrollable laughter at Common accepting the award on Drake’s behalf

 +12Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Kim: “My friend Sam Smith.” Smith guesting on the Kanye album?

 +1Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Do kids these days even know what Dumb & Dumber is?

 +3Posted on Aug 24th | re: VMAs 2014 Comment Party (122 comments)

Kind of enjoying the way they’re mixing the songs from the nominated videos together