By Kathryn Pinto
1. Nightmail “Pulsar”
Nightmail (fka Spero) looks over their collective shoulder at 1980’s analog synth pop just long enough to pick up on the good memories (and not long enough to be turned to salt by what they have seen). Everything in these arrangements is in remarkable balance. It’s easy to say that it sounds great because the guitar and keys are weighted, but that ignores a pretty great bass line in “Pulsar” to say nothing of the vocals (or drums). The video, like the sound has a nice big open feel. It doesn’t feel restrained, it feels expansive and big and cool.
Nightmail play Thursday May 16 at El Cid.
2. The Hectors “Her Dark Majesty”
Back when MTV played music videos, at its best each song on the channel had its own little three minute art movie. A favorite band took on a adventure in a new setting for each new single. The Hectors’ videos embrace that spirit completely. The latest one for “Her Dark Majesty” does not disappoint. This video has everything: time travel, green screen footage of battling knights, cameos of nearly everyone who has shared a stage with the Hectors--Jake Breakup (Gideon), Andy Clay People (Siara), Hunter “FTO FTW” Curra--including a pantsless shot of Hectors guitarist Robert Bonilla and Fieron Santos as a lovelorn warrior.
The Hectors play the Silverlake Lounge Thursday May 16, as part of the United Ghosts residency.