Normal Love
“I Heard You Could See Baltimore From There”

We’re back with another exclusive premiere from Normal Love! On their latest LP, Survival Tricks, the Brooklyn-/Philadelphia-based band continues to push the boundaries of a hodgepodge of genres ranging from jazz to noise. This abrasive, eclectic approach extends to their videos as well. You might have caught our premiere of their robot-heavy epic “Lend Some Treats” a couple months ago. When it comes to this band’s art, formulating a convenient, insular interpretation is both impossible and pointless. It’s more like a Rorschach blot — heavy, intriguing, and infinitesimal in possible meanings, depending on who you’re talking to.

With regards to their latest clip, “I Heard You Could See Baltimore From There,” you could take several approaches. I, of course, see the title and think of my charmingly murky hometown. Well, Maryland’s largest city isn’t in this video — in fact, at times the shots are so blurry and zoomed-in you don’t know just what you’re looking at. While there’s some threatening, grainy footage that seems to suggest some grim sexual horrors, there are also jaunts through the forest in broad daylight, as cheerful and washed-out as that scene in Moonwalker where Michael Jackson dances around in a meadow. Much like their music, the video makes abrupt changes in scenery, framing, and mood. Stay on your toes and enjoy.

Survival Tricks is out now on ugEXPLODE and Public Eyesore. The band recently released tourdates as well, which you can find here:

07.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - AUX (with Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Coqui, Young Leaves, Hurry)
07.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio (with Sightings, Tim Dahl/Elliott Sharp/Weasel Walter, MV Carbon)
08.01.12 - Providence, RI - Machines (with Magnets)
08.02.12 - Allston, MA - Gay Gardens (with Guerilla Toss, Bees)
08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Playhouse Cabaret (with Wicked Crafts, Carnal Veil)
08.04.12 - Meaford, ON - Electric Eclectics Festival
08.06.12 - London, ON - Sweet Magic London Festival
08.07.12 - Milwaukee, WI - TBA
08.08.12 - Madison, WI - Dragonfly Lounge
08.09.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon Bar (with Hasps, Miami Dolphins)
08.10.12 - Iowa city, IA - TBA
08.11.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon (with Grandi Flora, Oils)
08.12.12 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Arts (with Rick Weaver)
08.13.12 - Fayetteville, AK - Lightbulb Club (with Egyptr)
08.14.12 - Hot Springs, AK - The Exchange
08.15.12 - Memphis, TN - Lamplighter Lounge
08.16.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s North (with The Stacker Three)
08.17.12 - Lexington, KY - The Sidecar (with Wretched Worst, Live Island)
08.18.12 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet (with Wasteland Jazz Unit)
08.19.12 - Chicago, IL - Township
08.20.12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class (with Drake-Henry-Scheible Trio)
08.21.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Space (with Daads, Brian, Temuchin)

• Normal Love: http://normallove.com
• ugEXPLODE: http://nowave.pair.com/ugexplode
• Public Eyesore: http://www.publiceyesore.com

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CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.

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