Because the past couple of days in Auckland have suggested long hot summer days just around the corner, and because I also work for a music website (which you should really check out if you haven't already) that is presenting a lot of the tours and festivals that are happening throughout December and January, I have been veraciously researching and uploading video clips related to these artists.
The first is from cryptic English band WU LYF (are they a secret cult? Are they just four dudes who don't give a shit?). They released the video for track 'We Bros' from their debut album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain (which is apparently named, and based, on the fifties semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin) a couple of days ago. It's awesome. WU LYF are playing Laneway Festival 2012.
Kurt Vile released his first major label album Smoke Rings for My Halo earlier this year and has quickly become the poster child for chilled out West Coast, long haired vibe-ing. For the video for cute-as-a-button track 'Baby's Arm's Vile - like many fashion-oriented bands before him - Vile recruited a model couple, washed out the colour palette, and filmed them pashing and hangin' out. Kurt Vile plays The King's Arms December 1st.
We've posted about this one before but considering Bethany Cosentino A.K.A Best Coast is playing Big Day Out and considering Drew Barrymore directed this Romeo and Juliet-esque tale of love and death, we had to post it again. It's for 'Our Deal' from her album Crazy For You. Head here for more Big Day Out information.
So Yeasayer actually played last year's Laneway Festival but their videos are so Jodorowsky surreal summery that we had to post one of them. While their sophomore album is probably less bach-appropriate than their hazy debut All Hour Cymbals this video is set in a desert and like, looks hot.
Battles 'Ice Cream'. Sure there are summery parts in this video but we're mainly posting it because Battles are one of our favourite bands ever. They have the ability to combine their music to visuals perfectly adding to their overall maths rock-design band shtick. Battles play the Big Day Out.