Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
OK GO The Writing’s on the Wall
Paracadute Underachieving GAA Junior B sides around the country are often subject to jibes about being a “drinking team with a football problem”. In a similar vein, OK Go are a talented group of stunt viral video specialists with a quaint sideline in forgettable indie pop. To give them their due, they’ve really raised their game with this latest video offering, which consists of a meticulously choreographed sequence of optical illusions that must have taken thousands of man hours to assemble. But the song itself is a non-event.
ROBIN THICKE Get Her Back Interscope
Thicke’s newest video is a grovelling and, at times, uncomfortably personal apology to his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. The Blurred Lines singer appears naked, which is intended to signal his honesty and vulnerability. (But not surrounded by leering, fully clothed members of the opposite sex, pawing and calling him a “good boy”, because that would just be demeaning to the guy.)
LADY GAGA Do What U Want
Interscope Upon its release last year, many criticised this Gaga single’s dubious message about female submissiveness and male gratification. So, when it came to the video, who would be the most glaringly inappropriate collaborators she could have enlisted? Well, assuming Larry Murphy was unavailable, it would have been hard to choose worse than R Kelly and Terry Richardson. (As many have stated, this is akin to Britney re-recording Hit Me Baby One More Time as a duet with Chris Brown.) The resulting video was quietly shelved and remained unseen until portions of it leaked online last week. Truly, this is The Day the Clown Cried for the TMZ generation.
CONOR FURLONG Alive
After four years of radio silence, and one near catastrophic laptop malfunction, Dublin singer-songwriter Conor Furlong returns with a new single. Alive is homemade and sounds it, but epic in its own way. conorfurlong.com