‘Dream Waters’ from By The Sea

All morning I’ve been listening to Dream Waters, a new track by the Merseyside pop ensemble By the Sea. It’s a beautifully simple song which starts off with a carefree ease about it before kicking into a slightly more uptempo chorus, rich with 80′s soaked dream-pop melodies and sweet hazy vocals.

The track is taken from the band’s double A-side single which also features the song Eveline. It’s the bands North American debut release and it’s currently available as a limited edition 7″ on a nice two-tone colored vinyl through Shelflife Records. The band will also be releasing their self-titled debut album on November 12th. It’s a release I’m already excited about hearing.

Philip Kennedy

October 8, 2012 / By

‘Modern Day’ – Playful art icons by Lisa Hedge

Modern Day

Modern Day by Lisa Hedge

Modern Day by Lisa Hedge

Modern Day by Lisa Hedge

Modern Day is a series of posters and postcards created by designer and illustrator Lisa Hedge. The series charts a history of modern art through simple minimalist icons. Lisa describes the series as such:

As much of art is inherently reflective and self-conscious of its history, Modern Day is an exercise in graphically connoting iconic artists through familiar shapes and minimal forms. The execution is decidedly simple and playful, adopting a select color palette as the backdrop for these linear and circular reference points.

I love the color of these posters and I think it’s really fantastic how she manages to recreate each artwork with such a refined use of line. Modern Day is just one of a number of great projects on Lisa’s website. Go check out more of her work online here.

Philip Kennedy

October 4, 2012 / By

‘Ballpit’ – A beautifully surreal animated short by Kyle Mowat

Screen Capture from Ballpit by Kyle Mowat

Screen Capture from Ballpit by Kyle Mowat

Ever since seeing the trailer for Kyle Mowat’s Ballpit on Vimeo several months ago I’ve been eager to see the finished piece. Created as a degree show project while studying at Canada’s Sheridan College, the video is a wonderfully odd trip into a surreal world of bright colors and abstract shapes. For me, it feels like Kandinsky’s Several Circles has come to life and melted all over the screen. It’s fluidity is beautiful and everything just buzzes with such magical organic movement.

The use of sound and music is also noteworthy and it comes courtesy of the Toronto-based musician Lido Pimienta. The whole thing is a great piece of surrealism and I demand that you check it out right now!

Philip Kennedy

October 3, 2012 / By

‘The Liminal Points Project’ – Beautiful photographs by Nick Rochowski

The Liminal Points Project by Nick Rochowski

The Liminal Points Project by Nick Rochowski

The Liminal Points Project by Nick Rochowski

The Liminal Points Project by Nick Rochowski

The Liminal Points Project is a series of fifteen photographs taken by Nick Rochowski between 2008 and 2011. For Rochowski these images are about disconnecting from the everyday and returning back to his childhood imagination; a place where fear and fantasy can easily manifest into something strange, surreal and even beautiful.

Taken on the grounds of England’s Penn Wood, the area was a place where Rochowski spent much of his childhood. Describing the project, he tells a brief story about visiting these woods as a child:

One of my first memories of the wood was on a family walk.
At one point while playing with my sister I decided to run ahead.
I came into a clearing and then quickly slowed down and stopped as I approached an entrance.
Despite the daylight it was dark at the edge of the clearing where the path continued into the wood.
Fear gripped me for a moment with a vivid thought.
Then we all continued in.

The photographs which Rochowski has taken are really amazing. There’s a rawness and elemental nature to them, and his exploration of place and psyche is particularly interesting. The series is currently available as a book designed by Peter Koo and released through Rokov Publishing. It also includes illustrations by Greg Haynes and music by Deepsea. You can check it out and purchase a copy of it here.

Philip Kennedy

October 2, 2012 / By

A great new video for Grizzly Bear’s ‘Yet Again’

Grizzly Bear, Yet Again video capture

Last week Grizzly Bear released a new video for their song Yet Again. Directed by Emily Kai Bock (from Grimes’ Oblivion fame), the video sees a young figure-skater take a fall on the ice and stumble into a strange and surreal world. As she struggles to make her way home she’s faced with a number of perilous trials, and as she goes from place to places she witnesses all manner of assorted oddities.

Partly David Lynch inspired and partly feeling like a bad drug trip, the video is certainly worth the watch. The track itself is taken from the band’s fourth album Shields which was released last month through Warp Records. It’s a great record and it comes highly recommended.

Philip Kennedy

October 1, 2012 / By

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