Exorcists, poignant choreography and finger puppets — our latest video roundup has it all. Check out the latest from the Bad Dreamers, Jess Joy and the Wrecks …
THE BAD DREAMERS, “Georgetown”
The Bad Dreamers, the retro synth-pop project of composer and Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter David Schuler, are prepping the release of their second album, “Space and Time,” the follow-up to 2018’s “Songs About People Including Myself.” His new video for the single “Georgetown” riffs on the classic film “The Exorcist,” and it’s demonically clever. It stars Nick Thurston as an out-of-work exorcist, hawking his services on the street while his stay-and-home significant other, portrayed by Alexandra Fratella, has her own little ….. er, side business. Schuler, who’s worked with artists such as Pink, John Legend and New Politics, also co-wrote the music for the upcoming animated series Do Re & Mi with Jackie Tohn, featuring Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen. “Space and Time” is out April 23.
JESS JOY, “Permanent Heaven”
The follow-up to “Thrashold” and “Bless Your Name,” “Permanent Heaven” is the latest from singer-songwriter Jess Joy’s debut album, “Patreearchy,” out April 16. It stars movement artist Davis Saul and Joy herself. “I wanted to portray my experience of participating in and eventually resisting patriarchal, binary gender roles that place the value of a man’s needs and thoughts above a woman’s,” Joy says. “I was interested in depicting the transition from the honeymoon period in a relationship to the power struggle that leads to separation.”
THE WRECKS, “Static”
One month after declaring “I Want My Life Back Now,” L.A. quartet the Wrecks go back to their 2020 EP, “Static,” and have some fun making a visual for the title track. “Toward the end of 2020, we were all struggling financially, as was the majority of the nation,” frontman Nick Anderson says. “When presented with a $5,000 budget for a music video, we saw rent and groceries paid for. But that meant we’d have to deliver a music video with what little money was left. … I thought a finger puppet video would be a fun, cheap, quick idea. Little did I know, it would totally consume my time and test my patience for three months. This video took almost 1,000 hours to complete. There were many times while working on this video where I wondered why the hell we didn’t just give the money to a director with nice cameras and lights. Instead, there we sat, fingers red and peeling from hot glue, working countless hours to make this idea come to life.”