Today's #FridayNightVideos post features an international trio of newcomers to MMS.
First we have 19 year-old Montreal bedroom pop singer dee holt. The singer-songwriter, who's balancing a burgeoning music career with university art and animation studies, does her own single and album artwork while directing and animating her own videos. Her quirky, densely-layered style of bedroom pop will be familiar to fans of Billie Eilish. "Better" is Ramones-like in its economy, clocking in at a taut 2:02. RANGE has named her to their Class of 2023, an honor bestowed on up and coming Canadian artists, and TeenVogue has deemed her "one to watch". I predict this will be a busy year for her.
Next up we have Sam Himself, the Swiss-born, New York-based indie rocker. A self-described "Fondue Western" singer, a nod to his origin and his soaring, romanticized lyrics, Sam lives at the intersection of gravelly indie rockers like We Are Augustines and Neo-Western acts like Lord Huron. "Heartland" is catchy and soaring, painting us a whistle-punctuated story of the romance of the road as an analogy for the pull of a long-distance lover. His second LP, "Never Let Me Go", is out today on Sony Records.
Wrapping up our trio of videos is "Anxious People" by Canadian indie duo Bestfriend. Vocalist Stacy Kim and keyboardist Kaelan Geoffrey make music the Postal Service way, swapping files back and forth between Stacy in Vancouver and Kaelan in Toronto. Their breezy, lo-fi sound spans generations and invites comparisons to bands like Ivy and Stolen Jars. The video is a low-key panic attack set to music, a series of vignettes where everyday actions become glitches in the matrix. Bestfriend's sophomore EP, "places i've left", is out April 21 on Nettwerk.