Rarely do design and music intertwine with such amazing results. The Raveonettes cut a new track and music video for the GAP as part of their Sound of Color campaign. The video is a great example of something new in a time when most of what we see is derived. It simultaneously looks very simple, as the shapes and objects seem like do-it-yourself cut-outs, and very complex, as the sequencing and nuances are so exacting. The Raveonettes' waiffy rock serves up a perfect counterpoint to the video's overall sense haunted desolation and hopeless escape.
Lykke Li is an emerging Swedish musician whose sound mixes daring arrangements with powdered vocals. The contrasts within her music are seemingly impossible, but each song ends up being an effortless whole. This track is no exception. "I'm Good, I'm Gone" is a break-up song, a brunch number, a future remix that I'll love.
This represents the first in a series of posts containing songs that I find inspiring to my design practice. I listen to music all day as I work, and I run out of good things to listen to very quickly. I've had to become very adept at searching out new great music through mp3 blogs and friends with similar taste.
I find this track so inspiring and uplifting. Activating. I hope you enjoy it too.
A friend recently forwarded me this video by 80s experimental group The Art of Noise. It's a phenomenal track, and the video is just irreverent enough to be fun, but also elegant and timeless in ways that you least expect.