10 Must-Watch Music Videos From Philadelphia : NPR

10 Must-Watch Music Videos From Philadelphia : NPR

(From left) Philadelphia’s Max Swan, Kingsley Ibeneche and Ellen Siberian Tiger convey their music to life in breathtaking movies.


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Like all artistic group, the Philadelphia music scene is greatest seen as a continuing state of collaboration.

The artists may take middle stage, however they wouldn’t have the ability to do what they do with out an equally strong group of administrators and videographers to imaginatively translate their work into narrative visuals, or with out studios and curators desperate to document their process and performances with breathtaking clarity.

For this installment of Slingshot Scenes (as a part of NPR Music’s Slingshot collection), a handful of WXPN hosts highlights ten music videos from the Philadelphia scene that made a formidable impression on them.

&More, “4Ever 1st Lady”

When the hip-hop group &More performed on the 2018 XPoNential Music Pageant, the had already gained the gang over with its mix of lovely vocal melodies and thought-provoking raps, but a track referred to as “4Ever 1st Lady” took it to a different degree. An homage to Former First Woman Michelle Obama, it uses her quote “When they go low, we go high” as its chorus.

As &More prepares to incorporate “4Ever 1st Lady” on its debut album, Ethel Bobcat, the music’s music video, made in collaboration with EazyMelow and Murdic, showcases the duo’s appreciation of the First Woman’s message by means of a collection of vignettes reflecting on black womanhood, and in addition exhibits the chemistry &Extra’s Donn T and Chill Moody deliver to the stage in footage of them warming up for a show at The Trocadero Theatre. – Helen Leicht


Deadfellow, “In Ten Millennia From Now”

The music video for Deadfellow’s beautiful music “In Ten Millennia From Now” is an altogether partaking tackle a tried-and-true video music go-to — the historic and “found” clips format. With ethereal preparations and contemplative vocals from Philadelphian Hayden Sammak, the music lends itself to a specific amount of introspection in and of itself, so any visuals that accompany it are sure to strike a unique chord with every viewer.

It’s the music’s dramatic coda, that includes an unimaginable Pink Floyd-ian sax solo by Deer Tick’s Rob Crowell, that the visuals change from the humanistic to the apocalyptic, with the three-second black display silently heralding the doom. It’s a microcosmic depiction of hope and despair, and “In Ten Millennia From Now” makes use of what it higher than most different movies of its’ ilk. – Dan Reed


Ellen Siberian Tiger, “everybody, always”

Ellen Tiberio-Shultz has traveled a stylistic odyssey in a relatively brief career as a songwriter-guitarist. Beginning out as a folk-influenced teenager from State School, Tibero-Shultz grew right into a cerebral composer attending Boston’s Berklee Faculty of Music within the 20-teens, and a contemporary rock-tinged player after a move to Philly and a little bit of time in the metropolis’s club scene underneath the Ellen Siberian Tiger banner.

This reside efficiency video from Weathervane Music’s Shaking By way of songwriting documentary collection captures parts of all of those identities, backed by Shultz’s present players (bassist Collin Dennen, keyboardist Joel Gleiser, drummer Adam Shumski). “everybody, always” opens on a lilting, inviting melody that’s shortly slammed with layers of instrumental complexity, and as we watch close photographs of palms fingering strings, spinning sticks, and turning knobs, the songs explodes on the 1:45 mark into a kaleidoscope of radiant psychedelia. – John Vettese


Great Time, “Lazy Lilly”

At first pay attention, you would assume that Great Time’s “Lazy Lilly” is simply one of many newest in an countless history of break up songs. When you pair the lyrics “Lilly are you with me? We used to lock our eyes and I still see the yellow part, those green and salted lines, now cracked hearts,” with the music video, although, another story is advised. A time lapse of an early morning sky provides approach to an previous home, inhabited by an previous man who walks its lonely halls. This meditative slice of a widower’s life is worthy of inclusion in a Terrence Malick film. – Kristen Kurtis


Kingsley Ibeneche, “Sanctuary”

Hailing from simply across the Benjamin Franklin bridge in Camden, N.J., Kingsely Ibeneche immersed himself within the Philadelphia scene as a dancer, learning ballet at University of the Arts, and accompanying quite a lot of local musicians onstage. The more time he spent deciphering others’ songs by way of motion, the larger an urge he felt give his personal artistic concepts a voice via music.

This yr, Ibeneche released Realms on Astro Nautico Data, and it is a dazzling set of dreamlike digital textures that meditate on love and religious connection. Whereas his reside present incorporates performance as each a frontperson and dancer, Ibeneche’s vision does not stop there. The otherworldly “Sanctuary” video, conceptualized by Ibeneche along with director Sidney Kreitzer, finds him desperately racing across naturalistic scenes, from a mystic forest to a cosmic greenhouse, in pursuit of three enchanting muses who turn into one with him in a pile of earthy clay. – John Vettese


Interminable, “Buscando un Futuro”

Without the past, there isn’t a future. If there’s an overarching theme to the 2018 Rebirth :: Renacer LP by Philadelphia Latin fusion band Interminable, it is that dynamic of time itself. In an unsure current, understanding where we’ve come from can inform a better path as we progress, and that pursuit of forward-movement is given a very literal visual depiction in this video for “Buscando un Futuro” (“Searching for a Future”).

Directed by Philadelphia photographer and videographer Koof Ibi Umoren, the scene is about within the lush greenery of Wissahickon Park. Dancer Belle Alvarez plays Previous, racing by means of the underbrush and peeking by way of branches seeking Future (Sam “TOLVA” Cogdon), a resplendent and hopeful character that is still frustratingly just out of attain. – John Vettese


Killiam Shakespeare, “1976 Heron”

The mostly-instrumental ensemble Killiam Shakespeare meets in a musical area that brings to thoughts Frank Zappa-esque guitar jams, sprawling jazz fusion synths, and fat hip-hop influenced beats. The band is a collaboration between keyboardist Corey Bernhard and drummer Steve McKie, two longtime associates who have labored as session gamers and touring musicians for the Philadelphians Bilal and Jill Scott, as well as Snarky Puppy, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and others.

After watching these guys play, there isn’t any question at all as to why their chops are so in-demand. Nevertheless, with Killiam Shakespeare, the intergalactic funk fusion is undeniably riveting. Joining them for this performance of “1976 Heron,” recorded for a WXPN Key Studio Session prematurely of its current album A City Referred to as Elsewhere, are guitarists Anthony DeCarlo and Simon Martinez and Aaron Camper on percussion. – Bruce Warren


Rosali, “I Wanna Know”

Consolation typically comes in small doses. A scorching shower, a recent orange, a neatly rolled joint by a backyard campfire, a pile of lottery tickets waiting to be scratched. However the pleasure within these things is fleeting; the shower scalds your neck, the orange peel sticks to your tooth, the high wears off and the hearth burns out, the lottery never wins you any cash anyway. All these photographs are compiled into a shocking video for singer-songwriter Rosali’s elegant “I Wanna Know” the album opener from 2018’s Hassle Anyway.

Directed by Constance Mensh and Kait Privitera, and shot in a vivid collection of Philly locales (a weathered platform for the Market-Frankford El, the post-industrial fencelines of Kensington), the impressionistic clip finds the singer-songwriter enjoying an individual looking for peace, and studying to seek out it within herself. – John Vettese


Max Swan, “155”

Boundaries do not exist with regards to Max Swan’s music. The Philadelphia based mostly songwriter refuses to stay in any singular lane. As an alternative, he’d moderately mix them all together. Watch as Swan travels effortlessly between worlds of R&B, jazz, and electronica on this stay efficiency of “155”, a track from his album The Fisherman. Recorded at The Again Room in Philadelphia, take a look at his means to be a musical multitasker — from his vocal efficiency to engineering the sampler to the soaring sax solo on the end. Let’s simply say that when Swan finds a groove, he dives in deep and compels you to do the identical. – Mike Vasilikos


Armani White, “Onederful”

You’re forgiven should you do not fairly know where to look, or what to click on, or the way to do anything aside from pay attention whereas the “Onederful” video by Philly rapper Armani White is enjoying. Life on the web in 2019 is chaotic at greatest — How many browser tabs do you have got open as you learn this? – and this imaginative clip directed by Jared Marston and White himself captures that creeping, constant feeling of sensory overload.

Positioned as a video screengrab that zooms out and in of varied corners of White’s laptop, it provides you the head-spinning sensation of watching YouTube on YouTube (chew on that for a second) because the titles, captions, and search fields come to life with lyrics. The fray almost collapses in on itself a couple occasions, because the digital world typically threatens to, but White gives a couple of elements to maintain the viewer centered: pageant footage from Purple Rocks and Made In America, and an plain, indelible hook impressed by his 5-year-old niece that goes, “This my type of day, my type of day, my type of day-ay-ay.” – John Vettese


All songs are at present out there to stream on NPR Music’s Slingshot playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.