Architecture In Helsinki – W.O.W. (2011)

Indie-pop collective Architecture in Helsinki are returning to the States on November 2 to embark on the final U.S. tour for Moment Bends. Watch our exclusive premiere of the new video for “W.O.W.,” a three-minute, understatedly whimsical spiritual journey from your neighborhood Australian hippies. Sad and sweet, like the best of Belle and Sebastian, “W.O.W.” can’t stop us from feeling terrible for the ennui-filled man, lead singer Cameron Bird, whose search for truth has him seeking answers from potted plants and blank billboards. “Now, it’s happening in the past / through the glass in a distant way, I caught a miracle yesterday,” sings Keillie Sutherland, as Bird finally finds peace chatting with a dolphin in the sea. [Source]

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Blood Embrace (2005)

Bonnie challenged Matt to write music to a series of song lyrics, and this collaboration was done over some months, and included live shows in London, New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Baltimore. The two retired to Paul Oldham’s Rove Studios to lay the songs down. They enlisted the help of drummer Peter Townsend, and vocalist Sue Schofield dropped in for a brief cameo. sample used in “Blood Embrace” is taken from the 1977 film Rolling Thunder.

[via Paul Newport in Bristol]

Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf (2011)

“Big Bad Wolf” “is pretty simple, and it can mean anything, really, so we wanted the video to have its own narrative,” says A-Trak, one-half of the dance duo Duck Sauce, along with DJ Armand Van Helden. “Remember when dance music videos used to actually be creative? Like when you think back to Aphex Twin, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk… I don’t know why the genre’s videos became so generic in recent years. [Source]

[via Nils Lassen]

Depeche Mode – So Cruel (U2 Cover Version) (2011)

U2 were awarded the Greatest Act Of The Last 25 Years at this week’s Q Awards. The mag lovefest continues today with the newsstand release of issue #305, which is mounted with AHK-toong BAY-bi, an original tribute CD to Achtung Baby. We’ve heard cuts from Garbage, Damien Rice, and Jack White. Now take a listen to Depeche Mode’s take on “So Cruel.” [Source]