Video: Jungle – “Julia”
The two founding members of the London psychedelic funk band Jungle, Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, have been friends since they were nine, growing up next door and sharing every discovery of music together. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the now seven-piece collective officially took the step to release some of the music that had been simmering for so long.
But the reception for their music was grand, and childhood pair haven’t looked back since. Their debut self-titled album constitutes a skipping tour through the 1970’s at night and well-worth a listen, especially when you’ve got even an inkling of a dancing itch. But what will really blow you away are the choices the band has made to visually represent their songs. The music videos are simply amazing.
Each one is singularly simple, featuring dancers performing choreography in different styles and forms. “Heat” had synchronized rollerskating badassness, “Platoon” slays you with a six-year old girl breakdancing, “Busy Earnin” is a group of urban dancings begging you to JUST SAY SOMETHIN’ FOOL, and “Time” is ebony and ivory at it again. Somehow though, the new video for “Julia” has topped them all, featuring the brazilian martial arts dancing style Capoeira, which is dance fighting with ridiculous acrobatics thrown in. But the form of dancing is perfect for conveying emotions through struggle and conflict, inner or otherwise. The Oliver Hadlee Pearch directed result is gorgeous and jaw-dropping to watch.
Jungle is out now via XL Recordings