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Friday Five: Irie Sol, Hippo Campus, Valet, and more new Minnesota music videos

Valet celebrate a new album tonight at the Turf Club (Photo courtesy Valet)

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week for Minnesota music, with several high-profile releases coming down the pipeline and the outdoor block party season in full swing. Here’s a look at some of the best videos to emerge over the past seven days:

Irie Sol explore the Eau Claire Sound

Genre-bending reggae and funk band Irie Sol take a trip out to Justin Vernon’s April Base studio to record their song “Eau Claire Sound,” and their video features a cameo from Vernon himself. Also: Vernon’s cats.

Flora Cash make a long-distance connection

In what might be the first SoundCloud-fueled love story, Swedish artist Shpresa Lleshaj found Minneapolis-based Cole Randall’s music streaming on SoundCloud in 2012. The two started a long-distance friendship over Skype that soon blossomed into romance; now, they live together in Stockholm and create music together under the name Flora Cash. Amazing. Their video for “Save Me” just debuted today.

Valet turn tragedy into a new song

I’ll let the recently reunited band do the talking here: “Let there be no doubt this song is an admittance and apology for the United States compliance in the murder of at least 100K innocent Guatemalans in the 1970s and ’80s as a move for economic/political ‘security.'” Despite the heavy topic, Valet turn the subject matter into a thought-provoking and quite beautiful little melody.

Warehouse Eyes live with it

With their EP-release show happening tonight at Icehouse, Warehouse Eyes have released a new video for their hypnotic single “I Think I Can Live With It.”

Hippo Campus go acoustic

As you may have noticed, these Hippo Campus guys are blasting off right now. The latest evidence? NME recently featured the band and invited them to record this spry acoustic version of their single “Suicide Saturday.”