For a while now, UK label 4AD have been presenting artfully shot videos of bands from their roster performing their music in studio settings – with the likes of Gang Gang Dance and St Vincent appearing at 4ad.com/sessions.
In the latest, Bon Iver enters the fray – and studio. On his recent tour Bon Iver main man Justin Vernon was backed by an 11-piece band to give wide-screen range to his delicate songs. But, as his 2008 debut album attests, he's also comfortable with more stripped-down arrangements. For his turn on the 4AD Sessions, Vernon is joined only by Sean Carey, and the pair re-imagine Bon Iver's songs in sparse, minimalist detail with the aid of two grand pianos. Watch their efforts over five songs and some 24 minutes at 4ad.com/ sessions/012.
Explore the room while Tanlines mime
Ahead of the release of their debut album Mixed Emotions in March, the Brooklyn duo Tanlines have a new single called "Brothers". It's a nice slice of melancholy electro-pop. The track also comes with an interesting accompanying video which can be viewed at tanlinesinternet.com. The video features the pair mainly miming along to the song in an apartment living room – but, made with an app called GoPano, the video is also rendered in 360 degrees, so while the video plays, the viewer can click on the screen and scroll around the room in a full circle, choosing where to cast their eyes.
Jam City are in the courts
The young south London electronic producer Jam City (aka Jack Latham) has a debut album on the way later this year. Showcasing some of the new sounds from the forthcoming debut LP is "The Courts", a double-A-side 12in release out next week. The two tracks can be found online also, each full of angular drum and synth sounds, with hints of acid house, dub-step, grime, R&B and electro-funk. First up is a robotic sounding floor filling title-track – vimeo.com/36447595. Even better is the flipside, "The Nite Life" – ind.pn/AdH0x6.
Is YouTube the new MTV?
Gradually, over recent months, YouTube has been rolling out its new official channels, with original video content for the site by various sanctioned partners. There are now six such music channels on the site. In mid February Pitchfork launched theirs, featuring a mix of interviews, videos and performance, which can also be found on their own website. Other channels include one curated by Pharrel Williams called I Am Other, and an offering from Noisey.com, the music wing of the Vice hipster media empire – youtube.com/ creators/original-channels.html