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Video Rundown: Creep / James Blake / Frank Ocean

Here are a trio of videos that start to fill in the blanks around buzzworthy – yet mysterious – artists.

With only one official release to their name (“Days”), it was difficult to pinpoint the sound of CREEP; it takes more than a single point to define an artist. But with the release of the video for “You,” the points are beginning to form a line.

The video for “You” is a study in duality, in the same way that the’s goth-tinged R&B balances light and dark. The stark, black and white clip intersperses images of both duos responsible for the song – CREEP and twin sister vocalists Nina Sky. CREEP is mostly shown in silhouette or out-of-focus, practically stalking Nina Sky down an otherworldy hallway. There is a sensuality to the clip that matches its eeriness; what’s with the stigmata imagery?

Somehow, the video for James Blake‘s “Lindisfarne” is creepier than Creep’s offering. The mellow, finger-picked song is accompanied by an uneasy, almost cultish video. Who are these misfit toys, with their strange rituals, both corporeal and metaphorical? I’m guessing most viewers will find the literal spit swapping gross, not nostalgic; this generation didn’t have the liberty of becoming blood brothers, or using any other bodily-fluid-swapping bonding. Still, the feelings of abuse and loss in a clip that – at first glance – could be out of a British coming of age film, are quite surprising.

Nothing about Frank Ocean or his associates in Odd Future is predictable, so when he released “Acura Integurl” as the lead video for Nostalgia, Ultra (instead of “Novacane”), no one should have been surprised. Despite not appearing on the mixtape version of the album, the piano ballad is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

The impossibly lush video features Ocean, lovelorn and driving an Acura down the highway. The video effects that obscure the rising heartthrob serve only to increase the mystery and allure that surround him. Nostalgia, Ultra is set to be re-released on May 31, after which he should be able to buy the video’s sports car.


The Verge: CREEP

Witch house, drag, or grave wave: call it what you will, but one of the hottest developments in music last year was also one of the coldest. By it’s nature, this music is not readily accessible (often literally – most band names feature unsearchable characters). But when a band like Balam Acab appears in a Beyonce makeup commercial, some sort of crossover is imminent.

Enter CREEP. The duo, comprised of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, owes more to witch house’s aesthetic than to chopped-and-screwed industrial. Still, the group’s music is sufficiently dark, if more straight-forward than their peers. Flax gained notoriety as the tour DJ for electroclash act Fischerspooner and brings a danceable quality to the music.

Lead single “Days” has received plenty of press, due in part to guest vocals by It Girl / XX frontwoman Romy Madley Croft. The backdrop for Romy’s distinct vocals is a battle between razorblade accents, lush bass synth, a chopped up soca beat and staccato snares. The song has received remixes aplenty, including a UK funky take by Deadboy, a dark tech house version by Azari & III, and an (as of yet) unreleased remix by Drop the Lime.

The video, directed by Fischerspooner’s Warren Fischer, is on point: Gothic imagery, fog-soaked lights, black shrouds, and a foreboding sexuality permeate the clip. Media bloggers at the Creators Project sat down with Fischer and CREEP to go over the creative process behind the video.

While “Days” is their only original composition, CREEP has also lent their remixing talents to contemporaries Von Haze, Baghdaddy and Memory Tapes. Their remix of the latter’s “Green Knight” is a more solemn, breathy take on the original, with the same type of jittery drums found on “Days.”

Memory Tapes – Green Knight (Creep Remix)

CREEP is set to release an album on Young Turks this year, and a single entitled “You” featuring Nina Sky is set to follow “Days.” The duo also put out a mix for FACT Magazine that branches out into funky, R&B-influenced electronic music. For a limited time, he mix is available to download.