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Watsky Drops Surprise Video Single “Stick To Your Guns”

Some only remember George Watsky as the pale kid who raps fast.  But to others, Watsky is much more than that.  The poet, rapper, producer, social leader and now published author built his career on telling it like it is.  He finds emotional common ground and plants himself there to bring things together rather than tearing them apart.  On the 1st of July, shortly after another devastating mass shooting and just before the celebration of American independence and democracy, Watsky posted a video of his new single featuring fellow youtube-based songwriter Julia Nunes.  The song serves as Watsky’s response to the increasing frequency of mass shootings and a scathing critique of how society tends to react to them.  He satirically plays the part of a news anchor reveling in boosted ratings and a politician who manipulates emotions to further his own agenda claiming that “nothing ever could have been done to prevent it.”

The video itself is just a black box until almost the halfway mark when a list of state representative’s contact info starts to appear with the message “Call Your Senator” at the top.  Watsky is certainly not the first musician to use his art as a response to this terrible event.  Melissa Etheridge wrote “Pulse” as a tribute and a number of LGBT artists have made their voices heard.  A large number of notable Youtube creators like Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley have also posted their own thoughts on the issues surrounding Orlando and events like it.  But Watsky’s unique voice and way of addressing these issues is as much about bringing about change as it is about bringing love and acceptance to a hurting community.

Listen to “Stick To Your Guns” below.

Coldplay’s Kaleidoscopic New Video for “Up & Up”

“Up&Up”, the enigmatic closing track from Coldplay’s radiant and vivid new album, A Head Full of Dreams, has been graced with a music video of its own. The fourth track from the album to be decorated visually, it follows the track’s release as a single, earlier in April, following up on the success of “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Hymn for the Weekend”.

Directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the new video paints visual splendor to the tune of the album’s optimistic, heaven-soaring finale, with imaginative shots that turn the logically impossible into psychedelic reality. Imagery includes, but is not limited to, a bald eagle flying through the ocean, a dropship parachuting planets, whales dancing above New York City, swimmers in a washing machine, a gymnast backflipping through artillery fire, the Golden Gate Bridge crossing over a pond,  and a giant Chris Martin laying his head on a mountain face. Chroma key effects dominate the video’s visuals, which are mostly made up of vintage footage that seem to noticeably associate well with the song and album’s colourful sound. You can check out the video for yourself, below:

Springboarding off their new album, Coldplay have been many places recently. They met with and, in some cases, beat Adele in the charts, performed at the Super Bowl, made a splash in India with the “Hymn for the Weekend” video, and recently kicked off their ambitious A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which aims to visit stadiums all across the globe, including embarking on their first stadium tour of the United States. The new video for “Up&Up” serves to add even more to the band’s new found character, conceived within the creation of arguably their most creative album yet. You can read Altwire’s review of A Head Full of Dreams, written back in November, here!


“Up&Up” is available as a single through Parlophone, on iTunes and Google Play! A Head Full of Dreams is also available now through Parlophone, on the band’s official website!