Things I love

Tell Me by Puro Instinct (2016)

I'm a bit behind on posting my summer tunes this year but better late than never! I can't think of a better one to start with than this glittering gem from Puro Instinct. You can always count on them to deliver dreamy tunes that make your heart flutter like bumping into your crush at the Mall in front of the 5.7.9.

 Puro Instinct for Bullett Magazine. 

Puro Instinct for Bullett Magazine. 

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Summer Vibes: Everyone by Tees (2015)

Full disclosure: this one is super catchy and will make you want to dance . Without feeling like a throwback, something about it makes me want to listen to some of the songs on Primal Scream's Screamadelica or Happy Mondays or Stone Roses or other madchestery acid house tinged tunes of the early 90s. The love-everyone-positive sunshiny lyrics contribute to that sentiment, I suppose. All I know for sure is I'm failing miserably at resisting the strong urge to hit repeat every time the song ends. Hashtag Infinite feedback loop. 

Video https://youtu.be/ACQXL1I0Xxw

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Cine Gazing: Early Spring by Yasujirō Ozu (1956)

DoP: Yûharu Atsuta

Preceding Malle's «Ascenceur pour l'échafaud» as well as Truffaut's «Les Quatre cent coups» by two years, Early Spring foreshadowed the move towards the intimate, quotidian microcosmic film narratives that would become the keystone of the European "New Wave" cinematic movements of the 1960's; effectively washing over the traditional storytelling styles and themes; and moreover, quintessentially redefine the quality of acting, the type of stories told, push the boundaries of the medium and renew the visual presentation of mainstream films from then on out. But every fire has a spark. And watching Early Spring as well as other later Ozu works, it doesn't take much to see that they provided many sparks of brilliance that helped feed that nascent, revolutionary fire. 

The use of gaze, how it is averted, how it is cast, is outstanding in its complexities and how beautifully it's used to add another layer of narrative and emotional conveyance. The phrase "subtle yet palpable" best describes these visual cues. It's a thing of beauty, like witnessing an harmonious, impromptu dance, or a seemingly-perfect asymmetric composition. Yasujirō Ozu is one of my favorite directors and Early Spring is a good example as to the stories he chooses to tell and how he chooses to tell them that is so special and touching in the beauty.

N.B.: Running commentary captions included. May contain spoilers. 

 The morning after their illicit rendezvous, she gazes at him bewitched by the gauzy glowing blur cast by post-coital bliss.

The morning after their illicit rendezvous, she gazes at him bewitched by the gauzy glowing blur cast by post-coital bliss.

 He gazes, realizing he has lost the enthusiasm of her admiration. 

He gazes, realizing he has lost the enthusiasm of her admiration. 

 Here, a loveless marriage where the parties cannot even bear to face one another. 

Here, a loveless marriage where the parties cannot even bear to face one another. 

 The death of wifehood is welcomed, staring blankly upwards, on a lonely night full of doubt, suspicion, and resentment. 

The death of wifehood is welcomed, staring blankly upwards, on a lonely night full of doubt, suspicion, and resentment. 

 A conclusion of sorts is established by looking at one another; signifing the split of two separate individual lives bridged by the unspoken bond of shared memories.

A conclusion of sorts is established by looking at one another; signifing the split of two separate individual lives bridged by the unspoken bond of shared memories.

Another Lil' Video Playlist

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MLVP 2: Maybe Bae Be

 This second video playlist is not-so-lil’: it’s brimming with some of my favorite synthy and gazey tunes that just happen to be great for these literally and figuratively torridly steamy days of midsummer.

Like the previous one, feel free to play either in the order I’ve chosen, or, throw caution to the wind and let those randomizing algorithms shake things up for you.

I can vouch to the repeat-worthiness of each and every one of these so having listened to them more times than I care to ennumerate here.

Instructions for use: Scroll down to embedded viewer. Play. Enjoy thoroughly. Repeat. 

 

Playlist break-down:

“Neu Chicago” by Clive Tanaka y su orquesta

“Balance” by Future Islands

“So Smart” by Indoor Voices

“I Never Learn” by Lykke Li

“Pale Moon” by Wymond Miles

“Love Fade” by Tamaryn

“Crazy For You” by Slowdive

“All Of Us” (Beat Connection remix) by Painted Palms

“Baptism” by Crystal Castles

“Wasted Summer” by Stumbleine

“Ocean” by Cousins

“Hunting For Pearls” by Iamamiwhoami

“Half Mast (Slight Return)” by Empire Of The Sun

“Julian” by Say Lou Lou

“Time Is On Our Side” by Azure Blue

“Fight The Vice” by Midnight Echoes

“Les Automates” by College

“Fight The Vice” by Midnight Echoes

“Les Automates” by College

“Pegasus” by Gems

“All The Days” by HAERTS

“Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode

“In The City” by Chromatics

“Prophecy Theme” by Brian Eno

“88mph” by Teeel

“Not In Love” by Crystal Castles & Robert Smith

“ELLI” by Dirty Beaches

“Cannibalism” by Cloud Cover “

Golden Dreams” by Deux

“April’s Daydream” by Devonté Hynes

“Fine Friend” by Pale Saints 

Trouble watching the embedded player above?

You can always play it from  here.

 Wut the .GIF?!

Wut the .GIF?!

If you missed the first MLVP: Check it out here.