by / February 19th, 2017 /

State's Videos of the Week: Rae Sremmurd, Mount Eerie, Blondie & More

Time is simultaneously a straightforward and complex concept. Seconds turn into minutes which make up hours and the passing of a day, creating a calendar. That is where the logic and reason of time ceases.

What happens during those seconds, minutes and hours is where questions arise and life intervenes. In one moment you could be walking to a bus stop to go home and suddenly get a message from a friend you haven’t seen in weeks to meet for a coffee and in a split second you make a decision to change your path. With that, you think about the outcome of what could have been the rest of your day had you stuck with your original plan. In every second of your life there is possibility for opportunity, whether it is self created or makes its way to you.

Equally, every moment of every day as we are growing – physically, mentally or emotionally – we are also decaying. It’s a strange paradox but it’s one reality of time, we are constantly being moved in two directions. That isn’t a good or a bad thing but it can subtly, subconsciously even, affect how we evaluate our present self. I think this is where we overwhelm ourselves with pressure, that’s the other thing about time it comes with a reminder of how quickly it moves and that it is precious. We assume that we should be at a certain point in our lives at a particular age, worry about not having the time to do what it is needed to get there, and then waste time. We’re the architects, engineers and builders of our own personal mental hamster wheels.

In the documentary One More Time With Feeling, Nick Cave proffered a description of time that I always refer to when thinking about timing and events in my life, “Time is elastic. We can go away from the event but at some point the elastic snaps and we always come back to it.” Some events from our past snap back quicker and more vividly to memory than others. Ten years ago someone I was very close to passed away after a ten day illness. I remember those days so clearly – conversations, colours, noises, exact places I sat and what I was doing – it’s as though they only happened in the last ten days. Most of the time those ten years only feel like two or three years ago. Time is really weird like that, even though there is a very definite way to count it it never really seems accurate or real. In the same way that something that happened 2 hours ago can feel like a lifetime ago.

I have only realised very recently that the thing I am most afraid of in life is losing certainty to the unpredictability of time. When things don’t work out for people in the way they want it to you will generally find they’ll say, “the timing was wrong.” I used to think this was just a really easy excuse but I’ve come to realise that it is one of the hardest things to acknowledge and accept. It’s like when two people come together and there is an immediate connection between them. They may only see one another a few times a year, never knowing or planing when they will see each other and have the most pure and easy interaction. It’s in those moments when time becomes very precious. It can stand still because the moments are so special that you want them to last forever. People grow and react to time different rates, that’s what makes life a concoction of beauty and pain; there’s no certainty to the unpredictability of time.

I find that if you have a passion and maybe you’re having trouble filling your time then make that passion a friend and pass a few hours with that. I’ve also become a firm believer in a bespoke mingling of two phrases; what is for you won’t pass you, it will happen in it’s own time. I know that sounds incredibly cliché, but sometimes clichés resonate, there is a reason why they habitually enter our vernacular. There is truth in the comfort that they offer.

Rae Sremmurd – ‘Swang’ (Eardruma/ Interscope Records)

It almost seems like an impossible task to follow up with another release when you’ve released a single as catchy as ‘Black Beatles.’ However, brothers Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jxmmi” Brown – Rae Sremmurd to you and I – return with ‘Swang’, a slower paced but equally infectious song that looks at the false security that money brings. As with their lyrics, the brothers have fun with the video as they get some fresh air with some ladies on the golf course. This shows that a family that plays together stays together.

-Zara Hedderman

The Lemon Twigs – ‘I Wanna Prove to You’ (4AD)

Whenever I see that The Lemon Twigs have released a new video I’m always conflicted to include them in Videos of the Week. Their videos are generally funny or have a different angle to how they tell them but there is just something about their songs that doesn’t  click with me. ‘I Wanna Prove to You’ made it into the section this week mostly because the story between the brother’s Brian and Michael D’Addario grandparents was amusing.

-Zara Hedderman

Mount Eerie – ‘Ravens’ (P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd.)

Mount Eerie was born from a transformation made by Phil Elverum when he decided that he was to change the name of his band from The Microphones to Mount Eerie in 2003. The current single, a moody caustic offering, ‘Ravens’ marks the forthcoming release of Mount Eerie’s eighth studio album entitled, A Crow Looked at Me. It is easy and therapeutic to listen to and the video possesses a calmness necessary for a Sunday afternoon.

-Zara Hedderman

Blondie – ‘Fun’ (BMG)

Debbie Harry’s Blondie look set to enjoy yet another Indian summer with new track ‘Fun’. So, what’s an aging band, whose bass player has to play sitting down and whose song writer in chief – Chris Stein – has been to deaths door and back to do? Obvious, one quick consultation with the rock’n’roll union will tell you it’s time to call in Johnny Marr, inevitable for any band that stays together long enough. Channelling his inner Nile Rodgers Marr gives ‘Fun’ an injection of funk. Along the lines of his recent solo track ‘Easy Money’ or ‘Dashboard’ from his Modest Mouse days. It’s sure to be their biggest hit since 99’s ‘Maria’. As for the video – pyramids, pie-ball ponies, poppers and pensioners – visual alliteration at its finest.

-Stephen Vaughan

Dope Lemon – ‘Home Soon’

I’m always really amused by musicians (and people in general) that put a lot of time and effort into giving off a carefree image of nonchalance and chillin’. This video is a prime example. Girls with clean ‘bed-hair’ smoking weed, lads casually playing flutes, trumpets and saxophones in a derelict home and an endless supply of water balloons filled with paint. The latter is the red herring, I just don’t believe that if they were truly so relaxed then they wouldn’t have the patience (or the financial reasoning) to concoct so many paint balls. Maybe Australian musician, Angus Stone of Dope Lemon spent an afternoon watching a lot of Ok Go videos and wanted to garner the same internet frenzy that they do.

-Zara Hedderman