Erik Hassle Hurtful:
Newly shot video, much better. I think he has a cute mouth, though he seems to be getting younger, doesn't he? Some Benjamin Button shit going on there. What happened to the Erik phenomenon though? I feel like the momentum stalled a bit. Maybe they have been working on ways to relax his curl? (ed: leave his curl alone) This song was available on American iTunes and has now been pulled. The album is due in June in Sweden. Everything good is in Sweden. Hassle website
Fibes, Oh Fibes! Love Child:
Speaking of Sweden, I am obsessed with the new TV series Wallender. Either the Swedish version or the Kenneth Branagh version - look for it. Thanks to Poster Girl for this band - the video is actually a proper short film. Very intriguing. We're trained to think about what might happen to this tiara-clad boy and then our expectation is turned upside down. Gladly.
Röyksopp w/Robyn The Girl And The Robot:
The scenes with (Swede) Robyn in her boudoir are so sleekly shot. She looks beyond. The real kicker is at the end, a wry joke. And look for the Röyksopp men, uber geeky.
Bat For Lashes Pearl's Dream:
My favorite song from this album, Pearl's Dream is exactly the kind of music Bjork abandoned a few years ago. Smart pop for adults. The song has a strange structure and the chanty middle eight is wicked cool. The imagery reeks of Star Trek, the original TV series.
Hurts Wonderful Life:
This comes from the lovely Worrapolava and PopJustice. Apparently the band used to be called Daggers and now, logically, they are Hurts. Next they may be Deads, we'll see. The video is so very arty 80's, but the music is more modern pop, barring that Spandau Ballet sax at the middle eight.