I love doing this blog. Because of some of the guilty pleasures that have been posted here, I have actually learned about new artists that I would not have otherwise heard. Today's artist is one of these examples.
A few weeks ago, I posted a song by RAC, called "Let Go." Excellent song. Go ahead and listen to it. At the time, I noted that the song featured two additional artists, Kele and MNDR - the stage name/band name of Amanda Warner. I was familiar at the time with neither artist, and so I started making myself familiar.
Now, let's talk about this video. It is a bit of a throwback, visually, and also very much in-your-face. MNDR has very much created an in-your-face electronic sound, with a young, fresh, happy sound. And clearly, Amanda has a fair amount of swagger, which helps her sell a song that a lesser artists might not have been capable of.
As I frequently like to do, here is MNDR performing this song live at SXSW 2012. Notice how, whereas in the video she has a band, here she is alone on stage. She has made it very clear that she is MNDR, and it is not a band, even though she has a collaborator.