Motorcycle Mayhem in This Week’s Holy Hunter of Music Videos

April's BACK and delivering videos from Spiritualized, Twin Shadow and T-ara. 

It’s been a while - I’ll give you that. However, I have the ultimate alibi: I was engaged in a cross-country tour in which I took the shape of a couple dinosaurs.
English neo-psychedelia staple Spiritualized (arguably just frontman Jason Pierce himself) unleashed their true to roots seventh studio album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, back in April and the standout track “Little Girl” recently received the Vincent Haycock-helmed video treatment. In it we follow the titular runaway character portrayed by none other than the UK’s first pro female stunt rider, Chesca Miles. I should add that less interestingly, she moonlights as a singer, model and actress. During the course of the three-day shoot there were reportedly only two crashes, one wrecked bike, a near-death tank rattle, twelve burnt-out tires, a broken whipped cream charger and a near arrest after police caught producers mid high-speed tracking shot on the autobahn into Berlin at 4:00 a.m. I can’t fathom a more thrilling evening in Eisenhüttenstadt.

Dubbed the Dominican Daryl Hall last year when no one knew why there was a column about music videos here, it truly seems like ages since we’ve seen something new from George Lewis Jr. or alternately, Twin Shadow. I pre-ordered his newest album, Confess so I could shell out the money sooner and listen two hours before my fellow man, which is why I feel completely at ease referring to him by his given name. The Keith Musil-directed video for the infectious “Five Seconds” chronicles a chatoyant death-defying trek via two wheels in which George is pitted against a masked, bat-wielding gang (AHEM). The video already has a sequel.

T-ara are a South Korean pop assemblage currently eight young women deep. Research further demonstrates a semi-brutal turnover rate, as well as the group’s knack for annually rotating leaders so each have their moment in the sun (read: time to prove their worth or taste the boot). And this time they require your attention for over ten minutes. In the video for “Day by Day,” part one of a legendary, post-apocalyptic tale has been woven. It’s at once difficult to pin down and then again easily summed up by the anime transfusion around the eight and a quarter minute mark. Watch now and question motives never.