Montreal Music Videos – Cult MTL
Fall and winter have been busy for Montreal bands, with new records, launch shows and festival sets arriving fast and furiously from all corners. Here are some of the videos posted by some of the best, brightest, and loudest in town, from recently released albums and more to come in the New Year:
Dead Obies, “André”
Directed by Jason St-Hilaire, here is the video of the second single from the upcoming third album by Dead Obies DEAD. (released February 15 on Bonsound Records). With a late-night lo-fi production by VNCE CARTER, the track features relentless verses from MCs Ogee Rodman, Snail Kid, 20SOME and Joe Rocca.
Hélène Deland, “Claudion”
Singer-songwriter Helena Deland has been one of the revelations of the Montreal scene this year. She released the EP From the total song series Vol. IV, performed headlining shows and festival sets, appeared on the cover of our magazine’s March 2018 issue, and found time to perform with her cousin Claudia Picard-Deland (featured in this song) in a video made by Bronwyn Ford:
Hubert Lenoir, “Your hotel”
Speaking of revelations, glam / pop eccentric Hubert Lenoir has made some serious waves this year. Check out his latest video, for a track from the album Darlene, directed by Gabriel Lapointe and Noémie D. Leclerc:
Chromeo, “Don’t Sleep” exploit. French Montana and Stefflon Don
Chromeo is no stranger to the vintage aesthetic, with a sound and look inspired by the funk and pop pioneers of the 70s and (especially) the 80s, most recently heard on their fifth album. Crazy in Love. Now they are expanding into the ’90s with a video starring longtime TV actress Robin Givens (whose credits span The Cosby Show To Riverdale), directed by Allie Avital. Check it out:
Klaus is a sort of art-rock supergroup, with members of Patrick Watson’s group, Karkwa and Galaxie – François Lafontaine, Samuel Joly and Joe Grass met while they were accompanying Marie-Pierre Arthur and set out to create “a TechniColor musical playground. “Simone Records released Klaus’ self-titled debut album in September, and if you missed their launch show, they’ll be playing at the Ministry on February 1. This delightfully zesty edit was produced by MaDu:
Le Grand Sabatini, “Still life with maggots”
One of Montreal’s heaviest bands (which is frequently hooked up by our heavyosity columnist Johnson Cummins) dares to be cute in this new faux-vintage video featuring a child and a puppet. This track is taken from the recently released Great Sabatini LP, Goodbye sound.
Foreign diplomats, “Tender Night”
Foreign Diplomats is set to release their second album via Indica Records in the new year and have already released the first single (and video) “Adopted Hometown” in November. This new mini road movie directed by Vincent RC presents the skyline and streets of the city of Montreal before taking place in the suburbs for macabre / romantic hijinks.
Milk & Bone, “BBBLUE” (modification of summer sadness)
It has been almost a year since Milk & Bone’s Deception Bay was released, but the album cycle continues via this suitably moody atmospheric video, directed by Soleil Denault, for a track about nostalgia, distance (“between LA and Montreal”) and uncertainty.
Radiant baby, “firecracker”
Local electro-pop artist Radiant Baby (aka Félix Mongeon) to release debut LP Restless via Lisbon Lux Records February 8, 2019 – the launch will take place on February 22 at Bar le Ritz PDB. Watch the second video from the upcoming album below, directed by Mongeon himself. Animal lovers will love it, but if you’d rather indulge in a purple fantasy, check out this:
Lou Phelps, “Miss Phatty”
Lou Phelps stepped out of the shadow of his older brother Kaytranada this year while embracing their musical connection at the same time – the Phelps album 002 / LOVE ME, released by Last Gang in September, was produced by Kaytranada.
Toronto / Montreal rapper Patrik released his Spadina EP last month, and now there are spellbinding visuals to accompany the track “Lone”. Watch the video, produced by Sava, here:
Kid Koala, “Everything for you” feat. Trixie whitley
Kid Koala is back on two fronts this winter with the release of the album Music to draw: lo on January 25th via Arts & Crafts and playing a pair of launch shows at the SAT on January 24th and 25th. The album is a collaboration between Kid Koala (sometimes aka Montrealer Eric San) and Belgian-American singer and multi-instrumentalist Trixie Whitley. Sample their sound with this video, directed (and featuring “chemical puppet”) by Karina Bleau:
The Damn Truth, “Devilish Folk”
Photographer and filmmaker Mikaël Theimer worked on this short film (which also serves as a video for a song by Montreal band The Damn Truth) to document the lives of squeegee children in the city. Tragically, one of the subjects of the film died before the end of the project. Now Theimer and the group are releasing the video and calling on audiences to donate to Dans la rue, the local organization that helps street children survive and defeat their demons.