American Dischord, Brandon Phillips & the Condition, Young Mvchetes, and more of the best in local music videos

The month following the holidays can be the start of winter doldrums, but the Kansas City music community seems to have spent its winter break getting creative. We bring you a fine selection of the best in local music videos to hopefully break you out of your own seasonal affective disorder, at least for a little while. American Dischord’s skate-punk, the mod pop of Brandon Phillips and the Condition, hip-hop from Rory Fresco, and the smooth jams of Adrian Truth are but a few of the eye-catching, ear-grabbing videos we submit for your viewing pleasure.

Dom Chronicles, “What Do I Know?” 

At first,  the video for “What Do I Know?” doesn’t seem to break any new visual ground. But when you really watch, you’ll see that the director drops in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it frames here and there that correspond to the conversational lyrics Dom is spitting. It’s clever in a very sly way, and I had to watch two or three times to catch everything that was going on.

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American Dischord, “Chain Length Diet” 

AMDX’s Tyler Temple had this to say to us about the band’s new/old video for “Chain Length Diet,” which it evidently made last year and never put online:

“Since we all cut our punk-rock teeth on ’90s skate videos growing up, we decided to make one of our own as a tribute. We actually crowd-sourced this one with skaters from all over the world, and [it] features guys from Brazil, the US, the Philippines and even Poland.”

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Orphans of Doom, “Pleasure Delayer” 

The second video from Orphans of Doom’s debut album, Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods, looks a hell of a lot like unused footage from Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards. Since the band is on The Company, a label with an avowed stoner emphasis, I can’t help but think that the band must have seen that oddball movie at some point. The soundtrack’s certainly better in this case, though.

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James D. Conqueror, “Black Bouquet” feat. Ernest Melton 

As the camera pulled back on James D’s face at the beginning of the video, I thought it was going to keep going and going until we found ourselves inside a KC version of D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”. Dante’s camera never pulls back any further than the face, though we do get a really up-close-and-personal, emotionally raw look at the performer’s face throughout “Black Bouquet,” and that’s equally as impressive as tight abs.

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Brandon Phillips and the Condition, “Clean and Sober” 

Brandon Phillips and the Condition is the soul- and mod-inspired project from the Architects’ frontman, along with his brothers and members of Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, The Roseline, Hi Lux, and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. It’s definitely halfway between Elvis Costello and Motown, as the band states, and the video (by drummer Adam Phillips’ Radar State cohort and Berwanger frontman Josh Berwanger) makes ample use of live shots of the band’s energetic performances and a ton of psychedelic effects.

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Rory Fresco, “Big Shot” 

Logan Meis’ video for Fresco’s “Big Shot” is a simply shot affair, but it’s all about the AfterEffects. The reds pop like you’re wearing 3D glasses, and visuals glow and swirl as much as the Autotune smears Fresco’s voice. The woozy piano that winds through the backing track throws it all further off-kilter, and I felt a little punch-drunk by the time everything was over.

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Adrian Truth, “Tease” 

All red light and slow grind, Adrian Truth’s video for “Tease” by Black Palms is very much like the title says: it’s all build-up, and right when it looks like things are getting steamy, the door closes on us, and we’re left watching Truth singing on a bed. It’s almost as if it’s the first part of some bigger story, though, so we’ll be back for whatever the second part has to offer, which looks like some “Trapped in the Closet” shit.

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The Phantastics with Mayor Sly James and Nate Orr, “Downtown KC Slow Jams the 2017 Accomplishments”

At The Downtown Council’s 2018 Annual Luncheon on Friday, January 26, they “slow-jammed” Kansas City’s 2017 accomplishments. Nate Orr and Mayor Sly James, with the backing of Kemet Coleman and the Phantastics, have a funny-as-hell take on the Jimmy Fallon staple. That groove, right?

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Scotty Wu, “DMT”

Indyground Entertainment’s Scotty Wu just dropped his new mixtape, WUGOD, and along with it the video for “DMT,” shot and directed by Viewpoint Visuals. If the song’s title didn’t tip you off, it’s a blown-out and fuzzy batch of visuals, with everything glowing and spinning, and at one point, shit gets downright kaleidoscopic. It’s a good introduction to WUGOD, which is a sprawling 24 tracks.

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Sahvannes, “Hittin’ Licks” 

This video for Sahvannes’ “Hittin’ Licks,” shot and edited by CodyVisuals, perfectly hits the vibe that the song has going on. “Hittin’ Licks” is both laid-back and mildly uncomfortable. Sahvannes is hitting that spot between where you’re not quite certain whether you’ve had too much or definitely sure that you’re going to pass the fuck out.

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Young Mvchetes, “S U R V E I L L A N C E ! ! !” 

A short film featuring “TRACK 01 (THEY GOT US ON CAMERA!),” the first track from the EP of the same name by the noise terrorists that are Young Mvchetes. We’ve reviewed a lot of videos as part of Cine Local, but this might be the first to start off with a list of demands delivered by a masked man in a basement. Maybe it’s just the aesthetic of the group, or maybe it’s the direction of Tobias Harvey, but this looks authentically like a bunch of criminals made it.

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Are you a local musician with a music video to share? Email nicholas.spacek@gmail.com

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