by Sarah Burke
Last week, Oakland’s The Grouch and LA’s Eligh (both originally of the group Living Legends) released a Bay-centric music video for the newest fruit of their collaboration, “All These Lights.” The new song is also the indie hip-hop artists’ first collaboration with electro-sensation Pretty Lights (which also released its first all-original solo album this week). The resulting track is one of seeming effortlessness, with Pretty Lights layering hits signature rock-sampling beats under the rap duo’s seasoned lyricism. The video is elaborate, and bright with Bay Area pride from start to finish. It’s made in a style called "lyric-lapsing" that combines time-lapse with stop-motion and simultaneously lip-syncs the song lyrics to the video. Epic time-lapses of a lit-up Bay Bridge are interspersed with stop-motion clips of The Grouch and Eligh floating amid familiar scenery like SF Civic Center Plaza and the Oakland Tribune building. Meanwhile, their clothing changes around their motionless bodies, conveniently giving them an opportunity to rep endless logos including Oaklandish, the California state flag, Cal and, or course, their own merch. To create the effect, they apparently had to take 24 shots for each second of the 2-minute, 40-second video. A remarkable effort with a sleek and shiny outcome.
Oakland noir pop ensemble DRMS (pronounced “Dreams”) has come out with a new single entitled “Night Forest.” Although the band will officially be releasing the song this Friday (July 5th) at the Independent in SF, it's already available for free on its Soundcloud — donations welcome, of course. “Noir pop” may sound gloomy, but the song is absolutely charming. Singer Emily Ritz’s velvety vocals string the listener through afro-pop influenced keyboard melodies that dissolve into a melting mess of noise-pop goodness. The group’s self-titled debut album, released last summer, is also available on Soundcloud, and worth a listen if you haven’t given it one already.