L.S.C. (aka Light Sweet Crude) has our latest video of the month, “Buddy.” It’s a beautiful clip, shot in black and white, part band performance, part performance art. The group themselves describe it best:
“Buddy” is a story about loneliness and the desperation it foments. With our hero (played by singer Dan Aden), we see a man shunned by society, doomed to live his life all alone.
To help maintain a semblance of sanity, our hero creates an artificial friend—a buddy, if you will. He brings her to life with a lullaby, and she starts taking in everything around her. Things are going well, though the buddy has not yet formed an attachment to her maker. Creating a true bond with his buddy is the maker’s last goal in life—again, his sanity depends on it.
Before their bond has formed, however, misfortune strikes in the form of a newcomer (played by saxophone player Stephen Chen), who promptly begins to seduce the buddy away from her maker. Obviously, the maker does not like this turn of events. So he pulls his buddy back to him, and tells her his secret: A bond with her is all that matters; it is a matter of life and death.
For the very first time, she begins to experience sympathy. But as the buddy reaches out to touch her maker’s face, the newcomer blasts our hero away, and she is nearly helpless to the newcomer’s means of temptation. In a last-ditch effort, the maker tries to win his buddy back by singing the lullaby he originally used to rouse her.
The buddy becomes overwhelmed, reacting to too many stimuli at once. She finally snaps. Preferring to end his own creation than have it be lost to another, the maker puts her back to sleep forever, dooming himself.
California’s very, very cool indie rockers Bad Abstract have a totally banging rehearsal/recording space. Just check out the ambience in the video for their mellow jam “No Control” (directed by Louie Banuelos & Daisy Gonzalez). Vibe for days. And, of course, “No Control” itself is the kind of textured and plaintive song that has lifted them to the top of our charts, with five Top 10 and eight Top 40 placements. Enjoy:
Three prominent members of our artist community here at OurStage are featured in the new Spike Lee series She’s Gotta Have It on Netflix. Soulful R&B singer Shawndrell, winner of multiple chart awards on OurStage, had her song “Save Yourself” added to episodes five and six of the new show, which is a reimagining of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 film of the same name.
Multi-talented New York artist Brittany Campbell, who plays the character Black Diamond in three episodes of the new comedy series, is featured on the soundtrack as well, with her 2016 single “Buzz” (watch her great video for the song, below).
Lee also selected Nikki Lynette‘s “My Mind Ain’t Right,” after personally inspiring and encouraging the singer and songwriter to begin a new phase in her creative life. When we spoke to her back in September, Lynette told us, “Spike is the ultimate storyteller, and he is always super excited about everything he is working on. Being around him made me feel like maybe I could be passionate about music again if I just told a story that would be bigger than me, the way Spike does.” (Read our full interview here.)
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
Every once in a while, we like to share some of our favorites among recent uploads to OurStage. This month, we’ve got music from should-be country star John Thibodeaux, who had to put his career on hold in 2015 to serve in Afghanistan, but is back with a album produced by Grammy winner Robb Tripp, Moments Like This (get it here). There’s also a new track from our old friends Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind, from a forthcoming album. Xolie’s voice is golden. Finally, another familiar voice: Jimmy Lyback, aka July Fighter, who have been at or near the top of our charts for the last year or so. Listen below:
This week saw the release of the UK singer-songwriter’s new EP, his second, Another Midnight, which you can get now on iTunes. It’s a five-song set of sparsely orchestrated and arranged songs, which spotlights the young artist’s rich tenor voice and lyrical prowess. Included is one live track, “Tomorrow,” and the ambient style of that recording captures Gorman as a commanding performer, his voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar reverberating and filling the room. Get the new EP here, and see a live performance of the track “Ache No More” below.