Watch video ‘Recurrence’ by Vladislav Solovjov

Vladislav Solovjov is a 21 year old Motion designer / Film maker from Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
This video is a self-initiated project about eternity, afterlife, revival and pacification.
Enjoy!

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Design // Render // Animation // Direction: Vladislav Solovjov

Music: Intro – Sample From The Air I Breathe
Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche

The Strypes in New York, Jan 22, 2014 – The Studio @ Webster Hall

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Inside a small, sweaty club, four young men are tearing through songs by the likes of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. They wear tight suits and ties, have mops of hair and the vocalist clutches a harmonica to blow up a storm of ferocious rhythm and blues. It is, perhaps, not unlike witnessing the young Rolling Stones at the Marquee in 1962. However, the band are the Strypes, from Cavan in Ireland; their average age is 16.

Watching The Strypes perform, you’re struck by a worrying thought that these four Irish teens have been body-snatched by a band of hoary old pub rockers. On record, happily, they sound their age. Debut album ‘Snapshot’ sees the band stomp through a dozen tunes in 35 minutes, guitars squealing impressively and harmonicas wailing throughout. It’s bread and butter blues-rock, packed with lyrical anachronisms and clichés, but it’s done well and – importantly – is not as shamelessly retro as those covers-packed live shows. The downside of this is, occasionally, they sound a little bit like McFly. The upside is that The Strypes have begun to carve out a personality of their own.

Some of the Strypes’ covers – among them Diddley’s I Can Tell and Leiber/Stoller’s I’m a Hog for You Baby – were given a similar electric shock by Dr Feelgood in the 1970s; and indeed the wild-eyed, instrument-shaking guitarist Josh McClorey has more than a hint of the Canvey islanders’ Wilko Johnson.

Their original songs hold their own. Blue Collar Jane and I’m No Good are raw, three-minute, lip-curling explosions of adolescent concerns delivered with blistering musicianship. As the gig progresses, the quartet play their instruments increasingly as if they’re taming wild animals, their hair becomes more unruly, their screaming racket more thrillingly demented. There’s a wonderful moment when McClorey holds a note, stares at the crowd as if in utter shock, returns to the note and then looks up again as he crashes into a riff.

They could well become absolutely huge, and once the cancer-stricken Johnson plays his final dates this spring, he can rest knowing that a younger generation is taking up the cause.

20 Feet From Stardom: 2014′s Music Documentary Oscar Hope

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Can the world’s most soulful backline repeat Searching For Sugar Man’s golden statue win?

20 FEET FROM STARDOM, Morgan Neville’s documentary charting the lives of some of music’s greatest background singers, picked up an Oscar nomination earlier today. Its makers are hoping to recreate the success of last year’s Best Doc winner, the uplifting Rodriguez film Searching For Sugar Man.

Like …Sugar Man, 20 Feet From Stardom isn’t short of crossover potential, having already taken $5 million at the US Box Office. Its cast of singers wear their hearts on their sleeves and prove that music’s real stars aren’t always those standing at the front.

20 Feet From Stardom – Oscar nominated, out in the UK on March 28.

20 Feet From Stardom – Oscar nominated, out in the UK on March 28.

The women behind the powerhouse voices include Darlene Love (the often-uncredited star of Phil Spector’s ’60s productions), Merry Clayton (that gut-wrenching vocal on the Stones’ Gimme Shelter? That’s her), Lisa Fischer (the Stones’ lead backing singer since 1989 and the person responsible for this mind-blowing vocal), Judith Hill (booked to sing with Michael Jackson at hisz ill-fated O2 comeback shows and now singing with Stevie Wonder), Tata Vega (touring with Elton John and the voice behind the soundtrack for The Color Purple) and Claudia Lennear (Ikette, member of Joe Cocker’s legendary Mad Dogs And Englishman band and one-time Jagger squeeze).

Their stories – each peppered with heady successes, plummeting failures and some serious hard graft – are bonded by a simple desire to serve the music, to stay out of the spotlight and to maintain concentration on what they describe as “the blend”.

Whether 20 Feet From Stardom can follow the success of …Sugar Man will be decided at the Oscars ceremony on March 2. UK readers will be able to catch it when it’s released on March 28. Until then, check out the trailer below.

Ross Bennett, January 16, 2014