Welcome to Scope, our new weekly collection of links from the Northern Ground team.Each week we collaborate on a collection of things that we did, ate, watched, heard, read, learned or drank and present it for your enjoyment. Have feedback? Get in touch on Twitter at @brandonmorreale or @northernground.
Jenni Madson - Content Manager
Part Smiths and part Cranberries; their powers combined have formed D.A.R.K. These tunes give me all the musical nostalgia feels of my childhood that I've been craving since we started binge watching Stranger Things. While the full album doesn't release until September, they've already got three kick ass pieces of ear candy out for me (and hopefully you) to enjoy. Curvy, Loosen the Noose, and the latest: Gunfight. Listen up!
NAO - For All We Know
Mike Grunwald - Sr. Front End Developer
One of my most guilty of pleasures is late 80's early 90's R&B. You know, that new jack swing that can be downright raunchy? Boyz II Men to Jodeci, Adina Howard to Zhanè (pronounced jah-nay) and everything in between. I didn't particularly love it back in the day, but anytime I hear it now I find myself reaching to crank the volume up a notch. Which is exactly what I did the first time I heard the new album from Nao, the British singer-songwriter from East London. These brand new tracks somehow have power to transport me back to when I first got my drivers license and I would cruise around bumping Hot 102 (my mom's '83 Pontiac Grand Prix didn't have a tape deck let alone a CD player). What year is it anyway? Pro tip: play this album through the Boom EQ app for Mac for added enjoyment. Tweaking the "Ambience" setting takes it to a whole new level.
Hyper Light Drifter
Brandon Morreale - Art Director
I don't have a lot of time to play video games any more, so when I do I try to make the most of those experiences. I look for something memorable, unique and satisfying. Hyper Light Drifter from Heart Machine is exactly that. A Zelda inspired hack-and-slash with a rich, vibrant and shockingly detailed pixel canvas. The game has a surprising lack of dialogue, allowing every bit of the narrative (a complex one at that) to be presented visually through storyboards and inferred through the environmental design. Did I mention that it's scored by the excellent Disasterpeace (Fez, It Follows)? that alone should tell you everything you need to know.
Andi Woodward - Content Designer
I've seen water skiing without skis, but never surfing without a board. Poler Stuff released this rad little video recently, featuring surfers (or should I say, floaters?) Trevor Gordon, Ryan Burch, Spencer Gordon and Travers Adler. I had no idea that something like this was possible, but I guess never say never.
USWNT Player Video Series
Betty Allen - Content Producer
I love the USWNT. I was at a bar screaming when they won the World Cup last summer and I plan to be doing the same when they win the gold at the Olympics in a couple weeks. I also love the idea of doing something fun and different to showcase each of the player's personalities. US Soccer recently released a series of animations based on a personal story told by each of the players. They are fun, entertaining, and made me super psyched to watch these ladies crush it in Rio.