All Songs TV

Melaena Cadiz, 'Needles River'

"Needles River" is the first single from Melaena Cadiz's upcoming album Deep Below Heaven. She wrote and recorded the song with her husband, Mikael Kennedy. Kennedy also conceived and directed the video.

"I was thinking about that idea of fleeing, of a community exodus towards a hopefully better life," Cadiz tells us. "I asked my husband, Mikael Kennedy, to make the video — he's a photographer and he'd never made a music video before. I always feel his photography creates a visual world so perfectly in line with the music I'm working on. We talked about the song being an incantation, the overlaid images fading and appearing like a spell, maybe visually suggesting many voices with parallel stories."

Kennedy tells he rarely has a plan when he starts a project. "It's more about just starting it and seeing where it takes you," he says. "The overlaying images was an accident that ended up working really well with this song. I was wandering around the valley in Vermont where I grew up, shooting footage, listening to the song again and again and I began to feel like I was listening to the voice of a community, of a group exodus. It felt heavy, with the weight of history and mythology to me."

Deep Below Heaven is due out May 20 on Wild Kindness Records.

[+] read more[-] less

More From All Songs TV

Palehound performs at NPR's 2015 CMJ Showcase, which took place at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on Oct 14, 2015. Loren Wohl for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Loren Wohl for NPR

Front Row

Palehound, Live In Concert

Ellen Kempner's band marries rock muscle to bedroom folk's wiry vulnerability. Watch a full set.

A still from Solstafir's "Miðaftann." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: Solstafir, 'Miðaftann'

Solstafir's somber song about wandering in darkness is set against the stark landscape of Iceland.

A still from Zomes' "Ruminants." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: Zomes, 'Ruminants'

Shannon Collis truly visualizes the drone duo's quiet, ever-shifting layers of sound.

David Bowie in a still from the short film for "Blackstar." Jimmy King/David Bowie site hide caption

toggle caption Jimmy King/David Bowie site

All Songs TV

David Bowie's Newest Outer Space Adventure

"Blackstar" is another chapter in Bowie's fascination with the dark and cold of outer space.

Stolen Jars, the album is called Kept. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: Stolen Jars, 'Waves"

A tale of memory and the emotional waves of memory as told by the band Stolen Jars.

A still from Pill's "Hot Glue" video. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: PILL, 'Hot Glue'

The NYC post-punks get NSFW with pointy press-on nails, phallic produce and pills.

Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor