While the existence of Autumn is debatable here in Queensland, we’re celebrating the slightly cooler moments that are slowly starting to creep in with five fabulous new music videos that’ll put you in a contemplative state as we usher in the change of season. Make a cup of tea and settle in…
NO MORE – SUN SALUTE (REGGAE)
A call to free our minds and speak out against corruption and lies, Sun Salute’s uplifting stunner, No More, is prolific and powerful. Set against the picturesque landscape of rural Australia, No More lends its voice to the original owners of this land and to all people around the world who’ve been silenced. The video follows local Indigenous custodian Ken Dodd and leaves a lasting impression to be mindful, as our actions (and non-actions) affect others.
OTHERS – CATALANO (POP)
An ode to friends of all kinds – from those born of convenience to those rare gems who are timeless – Catalano’s debut single Others is a dream-pop love-letter between the two halves of the duo, Izzy and Ruby, who’ve been by each other’s sides for the past 15 years. Featuring scenes from a typical night out with friends, the accompanying video highlights an important message – good times come and go, but good friends are forever.
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME – PORT ROYAL (ROCK)
Not to be confused with Simple Minds’ 1985 hit of the same name, the accompanying music video for Port Royal’s new banger Don’t You Forget About Me is a tongue-in-cheek exploration into the world of speed-dating. Dancing, doozy dates and interrupted-by-the-bell lustful moments all feature, with front man Lawson Doyle even roping the speed dating coordinator into her own game. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up, this is a song to release your inhibitions and let your hair down to.
HEAR YOU – SWEATER CURSE (INDIE)
An infectious indie dunk into marvellous melancholy, Sweater Curse’s Hear You is a soul-soothing must listen, with poetic visuals to match. Cutting between time spent playing music at home, laments on the beach with friends and frames of people and places playing out against various backdrops, the accompanying music video is striking in its simplicity; profound. This is one to watch while curled up on the couch in deep-thinking mode.
RISING – STANDBY EMPIRE (ELECTRONIC-POP)
Inspired by the human drive to keep progressing despite obstacles, Standby Empire’s latest track, Rising, comes to life in a stunning visual piece that uses natural scenery and ocean views to reiterate its thought-provoking message: to keep moving forward. Using water as a symbol of the ebb and flow of life, the Rising clip is cinematic in its presentation, and message.
Better Than Netflix is a regular round-up of our favourite recent music video releases by Queensland acts.