Both music videos: Director of Photography Roman Jakobi. Director: Thomas Rigler.
Flaunt.com on Gold Star, the project of The Sister Ruby Band songwriter, Marlon Rabenreither.
Austrian-born, LA-bred Marlon Rabenreither has become a staple in his city through bringing Los Angeles much needed sounds of true Americana - blues, country, and rock n’ roll. Formerly of the Sister Ruby Band, Rabenreither set out on his own in 2013, and has since kept busy through the release of his three albums under the name Gold Star. As he embarks on tour for his latest release, Uppers and Downers - an album of highs and lows that features Cameron Avery of Tame Impala on piano and Cole Alexander and Zumi Rosow of Black Lips - we caught up with the artist to talk about recording in the historic Valentine Studios, those that have influenced him, and what to look forward to this year.
Popmatters.com on Escondite by Sugarplum Fairies
The dusky, shadow-tinged depiction of Los Angeles that is “Escondite”, a track off of the latest Sugarplum Fairies album Godspeed & Silver Linings, brings to mind the infamous opening credits of The Big Lebowski, tumbleweed and all. Yet while the sonic-to-aural comparison is uncanny, there are no bedraggled bowlers or mustachioed narrators here; instead, the echoey vocal of frontwoman Silvia Ryder plays against the gravelly bass vocals of RT Valine, crafting a sonic landscape indebted to ’70’s California rock. The vision of Los Angeles that Sugarplum Fairies construct throughout Godspeed & Silver Linings, however, is entirely their own.
Ryder details the video: “‘Escondite’ features RT Valine of the Los Angeles based country noir band RT n’ the 44s, who use instruments crafted from tin, 2×4’s, and salvaged parts. The video was shot by Roman Jakobi, who also served as Director of Photography on the legendary iTunes spot featuring Bob Dylan. The car shots were filmed in Los Angeles in Echo Park and on Skid Row in Downtown, using two cameras inside the car and two cameras mounted onto the exterior of the car”.