UK Artist of the Week: The Jaguar Club

This week, in another break with tradition, we’ve got another US band gracing the UK Artist Of The Week (because that’s where they’re making waves at the moment, and give us a break—you’re not our real dad).

The Jaguar Club are New York band who have headed across the atlantic to unveil two stunning videos. The first one they teased the UK with is the fast paced and euphoric “Stringer,” which is a love letter to ’80s new wave, complete with reverb soaked live instruments mixed with stabbing synths and New Order-esque vocals from founding member and frontman William Popadic.

Their next video for “Hard Cider” is a lot more laid back and captures a beautiful sadness in both the music and visuals. There are a number of animation styles used, including claymation and rotoscoping, and the tenderness of the track is really brought home as you witness a lovers’ first embrace in the midst of nature, or an elderly couple dealing with illness and loss followed by a viking funeral. Words don’t really do it justice—let’s just say we were left with a lump in our throat towards the end.

Both of these tracks are featured on the band’s EP “Close,” which saw founding members William Popadic (vocals and guitar) and Yoichiro Fujita (bass and vocals) join forces with newbies Nadia Brittingham (keys, guitar, and vocals), Gavin Dunaway (guitar), and Patrick Eager (drums) to elevate themselves beyond their electronic roots to create more of a band experience for themselves and the listener.

Well, they’ve got no complaints from us and we eagerly await their full album, which is due to drop in 2016.

Follow The Jaguar Club on Twitter.

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