Odawas’ fantastic The Blue Depths LP brought a subtle sea change for the Chicago-via-Indiana duo: the old signposts still stand (Neil Young, Grandaddy, lots of emotion), now weathered and washed with wisps of ’80s synths. The windswept, electronically infused lead single “Harmless Lover’s Discourse” is the set’s signature piece, pathos and nostalgia deep in Michael Tapscott’s voice as he sings “this could be the last day on earth,” bottling up a Big Moment in a touching four-minute pop elegy. So I guess you could say it moves me. This unassuming video by Elephant is a perfect counterpart. Choosing a still to represent the piece was impossible, given that the entire video is a series of clips surveying modern life, rubbish and beauty alike; it’s a composite of the Little Things, the shit you might miss when you’re gone, up close and from far away, shot and sequenced beautifully, bringing some new depth to the lyrics. It’s a slow news day. Watch it twice.
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The Blue Depths is out via Jagjaguwar.
04/11 – Merced CA @ The Partisan#
04/13 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink Elephant#
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ SilverLake Lounge#
04/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s Fun Garden#
04/17 – Davis, CA @ Delta Of Venus#
04/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba In Store
04/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall$
05/08 – Portland, OR @ Backspace^
05/09 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe%
# w/ Sholi
$ w/ Autolux
^ w/ La Bamba
% w/ Moondoggies