Nineties nostalgia meets summertime nostalgia! A capella yoga studio recording sessions! Tripped out public access hip-hop! California thinkin'! Why, it must be another Video Roundup!
"Sunshine," Purple & Green
Summer literally just ended, but this new clip from Adam Forkner and Justin Leon Johnson's addictive electro-R&B project Purple & Green will immediately flood you with feelings of nostalgia for a season that some could argue never fully arrived in the old grey Northwest. Not only is the video—which captures Forkner and Johnson joyously frolicking in a park on a truly beautiful Portland day, though not until after Johnson makes a quit trip through a Popeye's drive-thru—reminiscent of something Mariah Carey or Will Smith would've filmed in the mid-'90s, the song has the infectious flavor of a 16-year-old pop hit. I'd call it a summer jam, if it weren't already too late for that designation.
Kelli Schaeffer, a capella for Sound on the Sound
Speaking of summer nostalgia, in early August the fourth annual Doe Bay Festival took place on Orcas Island in Northwest Washington. A handful of artists from the festival recorded a series of intimate performances for Northwest music blog Sound on the Sound. One of them was Portland's own fiery chanteuse, Kelli Schaefer. Originally meant to be a solo a capella rendition of a new song, Schaefer convinced her band to participate as well, reworking the track using only their voices, and wow, it's a striking thing to watch. Nothing else need be said, other than that more bands should consider recording in a yoga studio.
"Back and Forth," Hives Inquiry Squad feat. Abadawn