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Exclusive Premiere: Korallreven “Sa Sa Samoa”


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Do you ever find yourself noncommittally watching a video? You hit play, but you’re sending an email or finishing up a text message or watching a great movie on IFC and not really paying attention. Then the song builds and swells, a riff catches your ear, an image draws your eye, and soon enough you find yourself riveted to the video. Then you hit replay and watch again, dumbstruck by the song you just heard. We think that’s how you’ll feel when you watch the new video by Swedish duo Korallreven for their track “Sa Sa Samoa.”

Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder learned their craft working with their other group, The Radio Dept. For fans of that band, this ability to create a seemingly innocuous pop song that quietly wallops you, shouldn’t be a huge surprise. The Radio Dept’s electro-dream pop songs are perfectly rendered and Korallreven hasn’t strayed far from that formula, but they’ve added some flairs of their own. Their single “Sa Sa Samoa” features Julianna Barwick and a children’s choir from the island of Samoa.

Why Samoa? The project was conceived after Joons returned from an extended trip to Samoa where he found inspiration in the local Catholic choirs and the beauty of the South Pacific. He shared his new passion with Tjäder and Korallreven was born. Their debut LP, An Album By Korallreven came out late last year, but until just a month ago, the band never played a live show. They are now preparing for their debut US tour in March with a special guest appearance from Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes, Taken By Trees) on select dates. Based on this video, we’ll be getting tickets, and we bet you will be too.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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