New York City’s BETS has tactfully filtered shoegaze into the fast-paced folk-punk of the Violent Femmes. Her recent release was a complete cover of the 1983 self-titled album by the Violent Femmes, along with a music video for the track “Blister In The Sun.”
The industrial and pollution-ridden urban scenes in the beginning of the video accentuate the beauty of the natural world portrayed in the rest of it. The video contains a series of takes following a young girl in the wilderness, adding to the dreamy and ethereal feel of the track. The girl is the daughter of a friend of BETS, who she filmed three years ago in Uruguay with a group of friends. It was directed by artist Valerie Suter, who has done work for Bruce High Quality Foundation, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Anthropologie, and more.
Watch Blister in the Sun below:
100% of proceeds made this month from the cover album titled Project Violent Femmes (available on Bandcamp) will go toward the Center For Reproductive Rights. BETS will also be donating the entirety of sales made at her Valentine’s Day release show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn to Planned Parenthood. Project Violent Femmes is the second full-length album by BETS, following Days Hours Nights, released in July 2015.