The week’s best clips, singles, downloads and audiostreams
CROCODILES Hard ★★★★ Zoo Music
Crocodiles are a bunch of San Diego punks whose fifth album, Boys, was released last month. Directed by Kelsey Henderson, this new video of theirs features various shady characters drinking, smoking, playing on railway tracks, urinating in public and doing all the delinquent things that make teenage life worth living.
ELLIPHANT Love Me Badder ★★ TEN/Kemosabe
This is the first single from singer/rapper Ellinor Olovsdotter’s forthcoming album. If you listen closely to the outro, you can actually hear her high-school English teacher’s head explode.
TAME IMPALA ’Cause I’m a Man ★★★★ Interscope
It’s funny how a video shapes perception of a song. The first video Tame Impala made for this track featured high-tech 3D graphics and sounded cold, grey and sterile. Here they’ve remade it, using what looks like Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppet
Show to mime the various parts. Consequently, the same song sounds goofy and full of fun. The Australian rockers’ new album, Currents, is set for a July 17th release.
SOAK Bano Body ★★★ Rough Trade
“The teenage heart is an unguided dart . . .” The opening line from the first song on
Soak’s Before We Forgot How
to Dream album is an accurate taster of what’s to come. Bridie Monds-Watson writes songs that are personal, unpolished, but always memorable.
ALESSIA CARA Here ★★★★ Def Jam
Eighteen-year-old Alessia Cara wrote this about the worst party she’s ever been to. For the video, she’s recreated said party, with many of the same guests in attendance, which will make a dubious claim to fame for all involved. The sample on which the track is based, incidentally, is Isaac Hayes’s Ike’s Rap II (aka the most sampled track of 1994.)