Rounding up three new videos from artists we’ve been following: Check out the latest from Automatic, Diane Coffee and KALI …
AUTOMATIC, “Venus Hour”
L.A. trio Automatic return with a second dose of high-concept cool from their forthcoming second album, “Excess,” out June 24. Songwriter Izzy Glaudini calls “Venus Hour” an ode to “psycho-feminine energy.” It’s “about whatever it is inside you that makes you want to do that thing that isn’t logical, or safe,” she says. Director Sylvie Lake’s video places the band members as characters from disparate eras — the 1930s (Glaudini), 1960s (Lola Dompé) and 1990s (Halle Saxon-Gaines). The inspiration came from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Dompé), “Peewee’s Playhouse” (Saxon-Gaines) and “The Tales of Hoffmann” (Glaudini), and the video was shot at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Disney Hall and the Niki De Saint Phalle sculpture garden. Did we mention cool? See Automatic open for Parquet Courts on April 28 at the Wiltern (tickets) and at the Cruel World Festival on May 14-15.
DIANE COFFEE, “The Great Escape”
The follow-up to “Forecast,” the new Diane Coffee single “The Great Escape” is something you want as a cassette single, jammed into the player of your 1976 beater as you drive north on the 5. Songwriter Shaun Fleming says it was conceived that way — on a road trip to visit an old friend in Northern California. “I remember my first road trip to see her,” Fleming says. “At that point, I’d never really hit the open road. It was new and exciting. I listened to The Who’s ‘Tommy’ the whole way and dreamed of travel and discovery.” Cue the guitar solo. Diane Coffee’s new album, “With People,” is out April 29. See the band at the Moroccan Lounge on May 19 (tickets) and May 20 (tickets).
Seventeen years old and sized like a point guard (5 feet tall), KALI goes one-on-one against an opponent in slug mask in the video for the new single “Addicted.” While the singer-songwriter’s crossover dribble needs some work, the song is an affecting, guitar-crunchy “memo to self” about falling for the wrong person. KALI is off to a promising start, having released the single “Anybody Else” last month as the follow-up to the “Circles” EP (feat. “Too Tired,” “I Just Wanna,” “Lucy” and “Back to the Start”).