Today’s video of the day comes from LA (via Nicaragua) singer/songwriter Mars Rodriguez: ‘Black Summer’ premieres today.
A bittersweet jangly guitar takes us down an uncertain path that escalates into a distorted emotive anthem of surrender. It’s unique how she blends multiple genres such as post punk, latin rock and electronic elements to create a raw, but also atmospheric sound.
The song draws inspiration from these isolating pandemic times and how it affects our mental health plus the importance of self-care and checking in with each other. We see the artist walk through a desolate rose-tinted city of angels with a broken hearted plea. Mars tells us:
“The video is about being lost. Life can be a strange, beautiful and chaotic experience, all at the same time.”
‘Black Summer’ video filmed by: Ryan Dietzenbach Edited by: Ryan Dietzenbach and Mars Rodriguez Photos by: Ryan Dietzenbach From the new EP “Don’t Wait for Nothing”, released September 17, 2020
Today’s track of the day earns a tip of the hat to a somber dusty tune brimming with hope from grunge-pop Brooklynite Vanessa Silberman: ‘Something To Believe In’. The song exudes Lana Del Rey vibes and the magical energy of a desert landscape. Vanessa tells us:
“Musically, the song features moody melodies that conjure up mysterious feelings, while lyrically, it focuses on finding light in darkness, and changing one’s perspective. The track takes its inspiration from the blues, southern music, and classic western films.”
This is her seventh single of 2020, releasing a song per month. Be sure to check out the other six and stay tuned for more music and an album release.
Today’s video of the day is ‘99 Luftballoons’ from alt-synth rockers Carissa Johnson and Steph Curran of Boston based band, the Cure-Alls. Written by new wavers, NENA, the duo pays tribute to the 80s hit by staying true to the original german lyrical version and embodying the spirit of this anti-war protest song. The video appears to take place in an ominous looking chamber that feels like a simultaneous echoing of despair, angst and hope while the two thrash about letting loose to the contagious melodies of the gritty synthesizers and icy-cool guitar riffs.
The single is their second cover song installment follow-up to ‘Now Or Never Now’ by Metric that we featured in August and includes my interview with Johnson and Curran (read here).
Recorded by Mad Oak Studios in Allston, MA Produced by Benny Grotto Video by Fuel Heart Productions