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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a plethora of “High Fives” from indie rockers Flower Girl, a video from indie rock band Stargroves which puts the viewer right into the action, a “Golden Light” of dream pop from Blonde Redhead, and a cross-country atmospheric elctro-pop collaboration between NYC’s Ariana and the Rose, and LA’s RKCB.
* NYC hippie indie rockers Flower Girl make some seriously great feel good music. Their latest single is “High Fives,” and it’s an ode to, you guessed it, the greatness of giving high fives. Who doesn’t love that?
“High Fives” is off of Flower Girl’s recently released album, Tuck In Your Tie-Dye, and the video features the fivesome having fun throughout the city, giving out high fives, only occasionally being left hangin’.
I wonder if any of the no-fun folks who left frontman Nick Morris hangin’ know the good time they missed out on. Don’t you miss out on a good time. Click play on “High Fives” and slap palms with Flower Girl.
* NYC-based indie rockers Stargroves created an insanely cool video for their latest single, “Telephone.” The clip is a 360 video, meaning that through using the directional feature in the top left hand corner of the video you can scan across the entire scene as if you were in the room with the band.
The video was filmed in partnership with Nokia, which allowed Stargroves to use the new $60,000 OZO camera while filming at Log Cabin recording studio in NYC.
Singer-songwriter/actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County) is featured both on the song, and in the clip.
You’ll definitely want to check this one out, and play around with the 360 feature. For an indie band to have access to this kind of technology is pretty awesome.
* Veteran indie band Blonde Redhead has a trippy new video for their trippy new song, “Golden Light.”
The latest single off of the band’s 3 O’Clock EP, the visually impressive clip has an Alice in Wonderland meets an odd nightmare type of vibe. One thing’s for sure, once you click play you can’t take your eyes off of it.
Musically, “Golden Light” falls under the heading of dream pop, which is the latest in a long line of genre experimentations for Blonde Redhead. Of course, with a name like Blonde Redhead, one should expect change on a regular basis, and quite a bit of experimentation.
“Golden Light” is an experiment you’re gonna love.
* If you’re in the mood for some atmospheric electro-pop, the collaborative effort between NYC’s Ariana and the Rose and LA-based electro duo RKCB will be right up your alley.
The song, titled “Love You Lately,” is off of Ariana and the Rose’s just released EP, Retrograde. In a statement, she said of the project, “This EP marks the end of a period of my life that most literally felt like it was in retrograde,” adding, “each track encapsulates these moments over the last year or so where I was really defining myself personally, and artistically, and the music is a sonic exploration of that growth.”
While the chorus states “I guess I don’t love you lately,” you’re gonna love Ariana and the Rose.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.