If I had to pick a single standout from this year’s CMJ, it would be Australian singer Kirin J Callinan, one of our 40 Best New Bands Of 2013. The man has so much charisma he barely seems mortal, and though he is an act that you should not miss live, his videos are just as striking. Take “Landslide,” one of the most beautiful moments on his album Embracism. It’s a simple video, but what might have seemed gimmicky becomes much more as a result of Callinan’s performance. Hanging upside down over water, with his feet out of frame, the whole world looks like it’s been flipped. It’s a striking enough image, but again it’s Callinan’s performance that makes this video so impressive. Watch it below.
Embracism is out now on Terrible Records/Siberia Records in partnership with XL.