Also, check out their latest album release Expo 86, available now!
Ratatat is a Brooklyn based duo that produces some good tunes that are easily recognizable but diverse in their minimal synthesized melodies and progressions. Their music can replicate tonal landscapes that are reminiscent of bands like Radiohead, The Strokes, Crystal Castles but also vary into different musical themes that employ melodies riffs and sounds from all sorts of musical genres from hip-hop, to R&B, to New Wave and Rock. It’s hard to find any bad songs by this band. Here’s a bunch of other great songs with music videos on YouTube that I found by them that are really worth listening to. You have to hear them to get a taste for what this band can do. Be careful not to play them all at once. 😉
“Get your Filthy Dukes off me!”, she cried before screaming and dashing out of the dark pulsing London nightclub. Funny scene huh, happens ALL THE TIME!
What’s with all the electronic music on the Song of the Day blog? This doesn’t sound like indie music, it’s like I’m in a Nintendo game from the 80’s or something? Which makes me wonder, did they have Nintendo in England in 1985 too? The guys from Filthy Dukes probably did, damn dirty remixers.
German rapper Marteria (aka Marsimoto) released his first album in 2007 but has been touring as a singer performance artist since at least 2002. His music may not be so well known in the US because it is in German, but this is great stuff! The music video in itself is a huge production feat, but the song in its own right is colossal, heavy, complex, and intelligent.
Listen to more music by Marteria at his official website.
Despite the lack of explicit publicity and direct expositionary language from the creators of this video, there is a lot still communicated through the song and video, several other music videos with similar themes were released on the same YouTube channel for “iamamiwhoami”. The artist in the video undoubtedly is Jonna Lee a Swedish singersongwriter. The YouTube phenomenon saw this video “y” release after others entitled b, o, u-1, u-2, n, t; all spelling “bounty”. There are some additional anonymous and mysterious things surrounding the project, which can be read on the Last.fm description, including the anonymous acceptance of the Swedish Grammy Award for “Innovator of the Year” in 2011.
There are several aspects to the creation that is this music video, the meaning of the lyrics in the context of the music video, the music video itself and what it portrays, and the greater relationship of this music video to the others released by this artist and what it means for us as music fans, listeners, and lovers of art and things of beauty.
First to summarize everything, to save you from reading everything I write, below, let me say that I love this song, on many different levels and that all are due their own respect. The music video portrays an abstract fantasy world without very much explained, however, my best interpretation is that the artist is an individual who has become aware of the truths of our world, the lesser known or fully understood horrors of our world that humanity has reaped over the years and still today against the natural environment on which we all depend and also upon each other. However, there is hope, not great hope, but still chance for us to find salvation and to heal the damage that has been done to us.
The knight represents the ignorant systems of our world carelessly fulfilling a mission of violence upon a misunderstood enemy, ourselves and our world for short term gains and pride. While the king represents a humbled and destroyed earth that has suffered greatly and whose kingdom is near its end. The impaling of the knight is a just revenge from nature executed by some unknown force. The tone of the video is somber, and the lack of exposition or (explanatory language) forces us to try to make sense of it. Maybe the average person might not know what any of this might mean and that’s why I’m writing about it.
I will write more about the other aspects of the video later. Feel free to write your own interpretations in the comments below. And please share this Song of the Day blog with others.
The latest video that they released is entitled “;john“, watch it below.