Friday 3 December 2010

[title was redacted for pretentiousness]

So, music videos. It used to be that one could turn on a music channel of their choice and, in the course of a day, get a pretty good idea about trends in music videos. Nowadays, it't more likely to catch you favourite television show or a bad case of "everything used to be so much better ten years ago" (the latter is more likely) from said music channels, and the avantgarde of music videos has moved elsewhere. Pitchfork put up a collection of The Best Videos in 2010, of which I had seen a stunning number of two - and here's my favourites from that list. The underlying theme seems to be DISTURBING THINGS.

The Hundred in the Hands - Pigeons
directed by Daniels
Disturbing thing: She breathes fire.

Yeasayer - Madder Red
directed by  Andreas Nilsson
Disturbing thing: Unconventional love, Kristen Bell.

Caribou - Odessa
directed by Video Marsh
Disturbing thing: The Woods.

Baths - Lovely Bloodflow
directed by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin
Disturbing thing: Woodland creatures.

Health - We Are Water
directed by Eric Wareheim
Disturbing thing: a twist on the serial killer trope, lots and lots of blood. A bit like Haute Tension without the terrible ending.

iamwhoiam puts up mysterious, beautiful videos (the titles are number codes), nobody knows who they're from, speculations (this is the contribution of the Italian Vogue) range from ridiculous to possible. Someone's been reading their Pattern Recognition! (I can't even tell if this is still evolving, since most of the stories are from last spring.) Doesn't really matter anyway.

Bonus: Powerless by The Flaming Lips, directed by Wayne Coyne and George Salisbury.

By the way: this is a new track by PJ Harvey, which I wouldn't have been able to tell without knowing beforehand.

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