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Friday Five: Allan Kingdom, Goldfeather, and more Minnesota music videos

From Allan Kingdom's "Fables" video

Allan Kingdom, “Fables (feat. Chronixx)”

Allan Kingdom‘s “Fables” moved listeners as a song, but as a video, it brings them all the way to Jamaica. The air sags with moisture, and the light catches the actors’ skin perfectly. One of the most popular songs from Kingdom’s Northern Lights mixtape gets a beautiful treatment from director Martin C. Pariseau, Chronixx, and the crew.

Goldfeather, “Spilled Milk”

Northfield, Minn. native Sarah Goldfeather and her band (Goldfeather: Nathan Koci, Pat Swoboda, Dylan McKinstry, and Katie Martucci), have unleashed a sprightly video, which is full of light and life, for “Spilled Milk.”

“I have always been drawn to musical extremes,” writes Sarah, noting how the song pivots from fierce a capella to plaintive reflection to a “dream-like middle section.” She continues, “In this song I hoped to capture some of the complexity of processing a loss.”

Mandolin player McKinstry is also from Northfield, having grown up across the street from Goldfeather and gigged in the Minneapolis scene for years. Hopefully, the Brooklyn-based band will return to Goldfeather and McKinstry’s roots and play a Minnesota show soon.

Theo Brown, “She Has My Heart”

Theo Brown has a sad tale to tell. Imbued with poetry and fused with dance, this break-up story gets straight at the heart.

Clementine, “Evergreens”

Minneapolis grunge-pop band Clementine share a live version of “Evergreens” (from this year’s Truth Mattress).

Francis and the Lights, “Friends (feat. Bon Iver and Kanye West)”

This year, Chance the Rapper stunned us with “Summer Friends,” which features Jeremih and Eaux Claires alum Francis and the Lights. Turns out Francis sampled his own song, “Friends,” in producing Chance’s hit. He also sang uncredited vocals on “All We Got” and “Same Drugs.”

Now, he brings in Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to help with the video for the original “Friends.” Kanye hangs out during the beginning. By the end, Francis and Vernon are doing a fairly synchronized, completely golden dance routine.

And next month, Eaux Claires returns, its line-up boasting Bon Iver and Francis and the Lights. Most have given up the hope that Kanye stops by. But with Chance in town for Summer Set that weekend and Vernon tweeting about him…anything could happen.