Top Music Videos This Week: Bringing It Home
It’s that time of year again. What for some people means warm weather and relaxation for others means a journey back home and back in time. That’s not to say that there aren’t many enjoyable aspects of returning home for the summer, but there is also an undeniable surreal feeling that comes with leaving college or a new city and coming back to where it all started. These new videos capture different aspects of the return-to-home experience. Whether that be sweet nostalgia or negative associations, these artists have captured the full range of summertime emotions.
“Green Was The Color” by maeve and quinn
Twins sisters Maris and Bryce O’Tierney, also known as maeve and quinn, just released the new music video for their song “Green Was The Color” from their 2018 EP Something Overheard, Something Overhead. The song incorporates their signature folksy and alternative sound with mesmerizing visuals that combine flowers, growth, and the twins themselves. The almost dreamlike quality of both the video and the song is reminiscent of faded memories, perfect for a melancholic drive through childhood streets. Their next single “I Am Her” will be releasing on June 23 with an LP called Another Door in September.
“Begin Again” by The Mysterines
The Mysterines take a slightly different approach to the hometown experience with their new single “Begin Again.” The powerful alt-rock tune really leans into the haunting qualities of revisiting the past. Lead singer Lia Metcalfe wanders through what looks like a haunted house, seemingly both liberated and possessed. “It felt like I was embarking on a surreal journey of self-dissolution; think of the first verse as a set of instructions and see how far reality stretches.,” said Metcalfe. All of these components work together to create a cathartic listening experience. The group will be finishing up their tour with Arctic Monkeys soon, so make sure to get tickets while you still can here!
“Maggie” by Zack Keim
Zack Keim’s new single “Maggie” feels like a dream. The singer wrote the song after meeting a girl at a bar in his hometown of Pittsburgh, and immediately feeling the excitement and potential of the connection. The music video acts out that night — the two hitting it off at the bar, going home and taking pictures of one another, culminating in a ride one the back of a motorcycle through his city. The whole thing plays out in a very fantastical way, as you realize it feels more like you’re experiencing his distant memory than the actual event. This video literally takes us on a drive through Keim’s home town, combining with his wistful vocals to bring to create a perfect whirlwind of nostalgia.
“Bluish” by Chris Farren
When you’re driving down the freeway in your hometown and you need a song to blast and sing along to, “Bluish” is the way to go. Chris Farren recently released the single off of his upcoming album Doom Singer, and explores the complexities of uncertainty, self-doubt, and the feelings that you never seem to grow out of. “I’m constantly processing the way I feel about things, and I didn’t want any of these songs to sound sure of themselves, or to communicate any clear message,” said Farren. The video for this single is a surreal journey through a psychedelic partially-animated wonderland, with Farren becoming animated at one point too. He does an excellent job of combining childhood feelings of fear and growing up with the realization that they’ll always stick around. You can find information about his upcoming tour and pre-order Doom Singer here.
“blue balloons” by Miki Ratsula (feat. Semler)
In a melancholic take on Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party,” Miki Ratsula and Semler’s vocals merge together to declare “It’s my party, I’ll be fine if I want to.” The single is based on the feeling of Ratsula being misgendered at their own birthday party, a combination of uneasiness, pain, and taking control of one’s own emotions. The two perform in matching outfits, going through the motions of a birthday despite the imperfect circumstances. Miki Ratsula’s new album “i’ll be fine if i want to” will be releasing on October 6. They’ll also be performing at Nashville Pride on June 24, so grab your tickets and pre-order the album here.
Whether it be strange or nostalgic, traveling back to your hometown for the summer can only be improved with the proper soundtrack. Enjoy the emotional rollercoaster and stay tuned for next week’s top picks!