“The Albatross,” Screaming Maldini
Genre: indie pop
Screaming Maldini sounds like: Part The Flaming Lips, part Sufjan Stevens, and part orchestral sound from The Polyphonic Spree
Worth checking out: “Summer, Somewhere,” “Minor Alterations,” “Life in Glorious Stereo,” “The Extraordinary”
The ideal setting to play “The Albatross”: While you’re outside, taking a casual walk by yourself. When the song picks up at certain moments, walking will feel like one of the most grandiose things you’ve ever done.
What do you get when you attach a HD camera to a a giant helium balloon? Screaming Maldini’s newest music video for their third single “The Albatross,” duh. Led by vocalists Nick Cox and Gina Walters, Screaming Maldini is a British indie pop band that made some waves last year with the song “Summer, Somewhere.” Their self-titled album was released in February and is among one of the most enjoyable and passionate releases I’ve heard this year. Harmonies, pop-infused melodies, thoughtful production, unusual time signatures – all of it is just awesome.
Somehow they aren’t on many people’s radars but hopefully that will change soon as they continue to come up with creative ideas for their videos (check out their flash mob video of them performing “Summer, Somewhere”). In the video for “The Albatross,” the images of the skies create a quiet and beautiful backdrop for an equally quiet and beautiful song. Watch it below: