Last month the list of ten great queer music videos to become your summer tracks was posted. The list celebrated the return of La Roux, whose Trouble in Paradise was released this summer. The band, led by Ellie Jackson, is going to tour throughout the year.
Mika, whose second French single "Boum Boum Boum" was released this summer, is still enjoying the success of his stint on the judging chair on Italy's X Factor. The queer singer, is slated to release his fourth studio album very soon. Fans can expect singles or album tracks in either French or Italian.
On this list, we have four bands with new music videos. Austra releases the second visual for their newest EP. The Irrepressibles, who are currently touring, are still supporting their album, Nude, with the promotional video of their new single. Two New York City based bands, Nina Sky and Hercules and Love Affair, also make it on the list.
Also listed, a British newcomer, a Belgian visionary, a British band leader, an adorable American, and a British trendsetter.
"Nice and Slow"
[["Nice and Slow"]] is the third offering off his latest album, This is What I Do. The previous singles were "King of Everything", and "My God". This new single has a summer vibe similar to "Karma Chameleon" and reminds us that George still has the pipes and the style to make us take notice. In the next few months he will be touring around the US.
Most of you may not remember Jay Brannan, but it is likely you do know him. It could have been his character in John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 hardcore dramedy Shortbus where his threesome adventures allowed him to enjoy the pleasures of someone singing the national anthem into his derriere. It could be that you have heard one of his adorable yet blunt songs like "Housewife", or one of his popular covers like "Zombie", by The Cranberries. Either way, [["Square One"]] does not disappoint. In it, Jay discusses the vacancy of today's music, the meaning of the way we converse, and the jaded yet poetic take on non-lasting relationships.
[["Ta Fête"]] became the FIFA World Cup song for the Belgium team earlier this year. The song reached #2 in Belgium. The song talks about celebration and the need to be happy for the occasion. A new music video was released this summer to accompany a wider release of the song. The lyrics take a different turn as the video showcases a person in a gladiator-style labyrinth where obstacles arise. "The court judge is out for you" sings he as the crowd yells with a certain level of entertainment. Eventually, the tests are over, the person makes it through to realize the place is empty, and the crowd has vanished. Stromae is followed by rumors of being queer. Whether or not that is the case, the androgynous artist is a great ally to women and men all over the spectrum with his social statements and lyrical content.
"Edge of Now"
The Irrepressibles has become one of the most influential when it comes to music video content. The latest release off Nude, their sophomore album, is [["The Edge of Now"]]. The video showcases men and women, all over the queer spectrum, dancing and moving alone, or together as the song moves along. Before you dismiss the NSFW video, remember the project's parent album is called Nude, and it is an ode to the beauty of the human body.
Watch the video for "Two Men in Love".
"I'm Not The Only One"
Diana Agron, who was featured on The Killer's "Just Another Girl" makes another music video appearance, this time next to Chris Messina, from The Mindy Project, for Sam Smith's [["I'm Not The Only One"]]. The pair play a couple not-in-love but staying together due to fear, social pressure...take your pick. The simple and done-before video sees Diana crying, losing herself in substances, and burning Messina's clothes. The pair live separate lives as Sam Smith croons throughout "I know I'm not the only one".
[["My Offence"]] is taken from Hercules & Love Affair’s acclaimed third album ‘The Feast of The Broken Heart’. It explores Andy Butler’s relationship to taboo words and the use of "cunt" amongst NYC's gay community to relay flattery, empowerment and strength - in short a fierce display of femininity. After 13 years of living as a “Queen that lived in New York” Butler saw his own usage of the word engrained into his vocabulary. A move to German speaking Vienna prompted him to reflect on how subversive it really was, and sparked an exploration of it in a song.
Proving once again that dance music can arrive ready to push both the dancefloor and popular culture forward as one, Butler’s most provocative anthem to date lands with a groundbreaking music video directed by acclaimed director Matt Lambert. Part music video, part documentary, prominent voices from New York’s art, music, literary and nightlife scenes including Kalup Linzy, Honey Dijon, Juliana Huxtable and Contessa Stuto discuss their relationship to the word over the dark, cathartic undertones of Butler’s bold electronic production. “It’s a power word, it’s a magical word, it’s also a New York City word.”
Very much a collaboration between Lambert and Butler, the duo worked for 6 months to pull together this thrilling and provocative visual and aural experience.
Explaining the concept Andy Butler says "My initial idea was to conceptualise the song through a series of filmed interviews with performance artists who explore profanity and gender in their work but I was not aiming at the fusion of music, video and documentary. When I talked to Matt for the first time he mentioned the idea of combining the two formats - music video and documentary. Fast forward 6 months to when I previewed the early edits and it kind of blew my mind."
Matt Lambert - "I spoke to some of the people who appear in the video for over an hour. Each of them had a different answer and different relationship to the word 'cunt' as well as the appropriation and reclamation of profane language as a means of pushing culture forward. Language, especially when dealing with issues surrounding identity, defines people's realities whether they choose to embrace or ignore language.”