Austin’s The Black and White Years perform “Cold” in an elevator at the W [VOYEUR MUSIC VIDEO]

Our “Voyeur Video” series is a lot like porn for music lovers. Shot in one take at locations around the city, the videos are intimate, stripped down and raw–nothing like traditional live performances. Enjoy!

Last fall, Austin’s The Black and White Years released Patterns, one of my favorite albums of 2010. With its rich layers of sounds, melodic synths and danceable beats, it felt like the band had found their voice. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

For me, “Patterns” feels a little like a journey through the inner self. With it’s dense layers of sound, there’s something organic and shamanistically spiritual about the album. In fact, it kinda makes me feel like I’ve taken mushrooms.  Plus, the lyrics carry us through one man’s journey that begins in a place that’s empty and pointless and ends with the discovery of what’s important to him. But don’t let that scare you away; it’s ultimately a danceable, uplifting album that I can’t stop playing. [Check out the full review of The Black and White Years's "Patterns" here.]

Months later and the album is STILL in heavy rotation on my playlist.

Fresh off winning a 2011 Roary award for Best Austin Band, we recently met up with The Black and White Years to shoot a Voyeur Music Video. For the shoot, the band chose a special arrangement of the song “Cold.”

One of my favorite tracks off the album, Cold reminds me of going up in a glass elevator: Almost inspirational, the  dancing synths carry us higher towards the heavens. As you look out through the glass from high above the earth, you can see the city beneath you, giving you a different perspective of where you are and where you’ve been.

The Black and White Years hold an elevator at the W.

The Black and White Years hold an elevator at the W.

With that concept in  mind, we lovingly crashed the W Residencies to take advantage of their super chic elevators (hardwood floors, a female robot voice with a British accent, animal hide-lined walls) and floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Right before sunset, all 4 members of the band plus drums, keyboards and guitars (and me and my camera) piled into an elevator headed to the yet unfinished penthouse suite. Rising to the top, the band played a stripped down, amazing arrangement of what is normally a fully electronic track. As the final note gets played on the mini-synth, we walk out to a stunning full view of South Austin at sunset.

Check it:

What happens when you play in an elevator? Some people have to sit on the floor.

WATCH: The Black and White Years – “Patterns”

The Black and White Years are playing FRIDAY night at Stubb’s. If their performance last week at the Roaries was any indication, it’s gonna be a dance-tastic time. You’ll also be graced by the lyrical skills of Austin electro-rapper Zeale. Grab tix quick, we’ve heard they are close to selling out!

  • EXPERIENCE: “101x Homegrown Live welcomes The Black and White Years and Zeale” (Friday, 02.24.11); Stubb’s Indoor (801 Red River St, 78701); 10P-1A; $13  Facebook Event or Buy Tickets

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About Chris Apollo Lynn

78704er, cyclist, part-time DJ, new media mad scientist, urban farmer, not a robot, ready for End of Days.

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