Self proclaimed “pop star for dorks” Geoff Ong has released another single, and it’s insanely catchy. I first heard the track on release day, and the optimistic hook line has been rattling around in my brain ever since. The icing on the Into Into You cake is the fun and professional music video choreographed by Anton Pulefale and Victoria Villapol, and directed by Geoff Ong himself.
The music video starts with Pulefale and Villapol standing back to back in a studio with a light directed at the camera. Ong asks the question “is it weird to think we could have been just strangers passing by in the street?” before wondering about the universe and its plans. It’s a feel good song, all about revelling in the magic of new love.
The dancers capture the mesmerising nature of a new relationship by moving in slow motion together. They snap into an energetic chorus while the movement of the editing aligns with the rhythm section. It’s a carefully considered video, but it still feels charming and genuine; the dancers look like they had a lot of fun filming it.
Tastefully filmed and edited by an artist with countless strings to his bow, Into Into You is infectiously groovy. The next time you need a slice of optimism load up the video and get smiling. Don’t miss Geoff Ong when he next plays live – his shows are outrageously dynamic, and so much fun.
South For Winter is the otherworldly folk trio comprised of Nick Stone, Dani Cichon and Alex Stradal. Stone and Cichon met as volunteers building greenhouses in the Andes Mountains. Here they wrote Fallen Seeds, the first of many mesmerising pieces they would work on together. Upon moving to Nashville in 2017 they met the missing piece in their sound: classically trained cellist Alex Stradal.
Always You summons the sun in the winter. It begins with a strong acapella sentiment from the pure voice of Cichon. Her signature lyrical style sounds Oh my love when I lose my hold / when my eyes forget their youth / when the wind’s worn down these bones / oh there’s always you. South for Winter’s lyrics often walk the line between poetry and song, and their latest creation is no exception.
Cichon is joined by a bright ukulele and full band arrangement. Stone’s harmonies add colour and depth to the timbre, and the piece sets off on a boundlessly enthusiastic journey. It’s easy to hear the fun the musicians have when they work together. The three stylistic inputs result in a masterful and well balanced soundscape.
Always You is a more optimistic offering than the eerie murder ballads South for Winter is famous for, but there is a distinct familiarity hidden in it. It’s easy to hear the intricate sound of the band when the cello is introduced and the song breaks for a cheeky guitar solo. Perhaps this cotton candy track is exactly what the world is in need of this year. The song promises that despite all the darkness and inevitable passing of time, love will remain.
The band is set to release a full length album this year, and we couldn’t be more excited for more magic. Keep up with their progress on Instagram and Facebook.
Self proclaimed “geek pop” artist Jarni Blair has captured the sound of the sun with Higher than the Sky. A skilled instrumentalist and songwriter, Blair’s music is consistently well crafted, and his latest single is no exception to this rule. As a performer he exudes a sense of peace, and genuine excitement for sharing his work with the world.
Higher than the Sky is the summer jam we were all waiting for. Blair’s sound is reminiscent of John Mayer, featuring maestro guitar lines and feel good lyrics. Having said this, he continues to impress with his ability to get creative with his words, dodging overt cliches. One line that I found particularly charming was “she’s got no trouble tying a guide rope around the sunshine for me”. This sentiment captures the promise of a happy relationship.
The production on Higher than the Sky is tasteful, resulting in a full sound with momentum. The addition of half a line through a vocal filter gives the tune personality. From the studio to the retro themed music video, it’s clear to see that Blair had a lot of fun recording this song.
Higher than the Sky does remarkably well at holding its audience for four and a half minutes in a world with a two minute attention span. It’s a classic summer bop. One listen had me pining after a beer on K Road— and I don’t even drink beer. Keep up with Jarni on Facebook and instagram.