So pumped to see that PlayJ posted that Beach House x Gone With The Wind youtube cocktail. It’s so dope plus I’m taking it as a YouTunes blank check. El Guincho, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and El Perro del Mar provide soundtracks for a couple videonugs, after the jump
Underneath its social and historical veneer, Pan’s Labyrinth is a beautifully rendered psychedelic romp through a magical realist daydream. It’s not all fauns and flowers though; this scene scared the shit out of me when I saw the film for the first time. El Guincho is Barça based producer Pablo Diaz-Reixa who constructs tropicalia and afropsych sample-based pop songs that play like the tunes Panda Bear would have thought up as a kid growing up on Trinidad. “Antillas,” off of 2007’s Alegranza! (which I also featured in my Beach Tape), is able to completely diffuse the sheer horror of this hideous encounter between our sweet protagonista and the fleshy bald manbeast that lures and devours children in his barroque and totally creepy dining-lair. The track’s effervescent bouyancy never allows you to lose sight of the fact that the film is trippy, wild, and in the end, a fairy tale. Start the song, here, at the :12 second mark, and as before beware of remixes.
I don’t need to gush about Stand By Me, the 1986 odyssey undertaken by a couple of rural kids that has become synonymous with boyhood coming of age in America. The narrative of Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson‘s “The Sound” is weird yet poignant; able to incorporate inscrutable line’s, like “a pervert and a priest | we’re swimming in the yeast” into a visceral reminiscence that culminates in the intensely sincere plea, “Do you remember the sound?” Its earnestness compliments the rich patina of compassion and brotherly love that this train track scene has accrued over the twenty-four years, and seems to provide a sort of wistful narration, of the kind you’d imagine overhearing from behind a bathroom stall accompanied by a clinking bottle, ultimately conveying a broken and fragile loss of innocence. Start the song, here, and then begin the video when the song has played for :51 seconds.
The last concoction is more of a laugh than the last two, and its definitely not touching. As a kid growing up in the past decade, MTV’s “Jackass” was ubiquitous. And while I, unlike so many other high schoolers from around 2000 to 2006, was never struck by the urge to film myself and my friends doing jackass shit, that same apparent human tendency to enjoy watching people do dumb stunts didn’t escape me. The music that most kids associate with jackass videos (the MTV kind and the almost more hilarious homemade kind) is loud and aggressive guitar rock that usually really sucks. El Perro Del Mar’s “Change of Heart” has been one of my favorite songs for the past few months, and its icy and unflinching delivery reduces the dumb shit these guys do to complete absurdity. Start the song, here, and roll the vid at the same time.