Alt-pop band Van Soest are about to drop their cosmic debut LP War Sleep this summer (June 24), and ahead of the splashy entrance into the world of arena-sized storytelling, their first single Without You makes a rather bold (but vulnerable) declaration. "'Without You' is about losing someone or something in your life and the time it takes to say 'It's ok, and I'm thankful for the moments I had with that person or place,'" Mike Van Soest shares of the track, which he wrote on his own. Popdust is humbled to get our hands on the exclusive premiere of the song's feathery music video below.
He continues, "We really wanted the video to reflect the intimacy of that notion. You'll notice a lot of longer shots or takes in editing… We wanted to highlight the perception of feeling isolated, and allow space for the audience to connect with that."
Filmed by Tyler Hoff, the music video follows Mike's journey through the streets of Nashville, as he considers the turmoil raging within. The intimate camera angles and the hazy glow simply heightening the tension and sense of self-discovery.
War Sleep is produced by Joshua D. Niles (Jason Isbell, Coin) and contains 11 tracks.
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Grab a copy of Without You now on iTunes.
It was always her dance floor.
Few artists have given as much of themselves to their fans as Lady Gaga.
Since being ordained queen of the nightclub (not to mention the pregame, the getting-ready-bedroom-dance, the drag show, and the summer night drive) in 2008 with "Just Dance," the hit single from her hit debut album The Fame, Gaga has continued to surprise fans with constant reinvention. She cemented her place as the pop-artist of a generation with Born This Way and even (as over-produced as it was) Art Pop, and then, shockingly, went on to release a jazz standard's album with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), a country album (Joanne), and finally become an Oscar-nominated actress for A Star Is Born. Somehow, she pulled off every iteration of herself with charisma and grace.
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Sincere, vulnerable, and seductive.
Australian DIY pop artist Airports, AKA Aaron Lee, releases "U FEEL IT 2," following on the heels of his dreamy lo-fi banger, "Don't Sleep Anymore."
Aaron explains the double entendre of the song, "It started out being written as a song about a haunting relationship with depression in contrast to uplifting music, but when some of the lyrics started to spill out I realized I was also writing about positive romantic feelings for my partner." Featuring bleeding synths, blushing harmonies, and Aaron's velvety falsetto, "U FEEL IT 2" is a perfect summer anthem.
U Feel It 2