The Year in Music Videos – April
Ah yes, April! This month introduced us (okay, me) to the wonders of Gnarls Barkley, Joanna Newsom, and Hot Chip, three artists for whom I’ve grown dearly fond of since.
Visually, this month in music videos kicked a lot of ass. I’d almost wager that this month wins the prize for best visual work. Each promo in this list features astounding eye candy, both narrative and free association. Neat!
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy: From the opening verse it was pretty clear that the team-up of CeeLo and Danger Mouse was going to result in some ridiculously
awesome music. Thankfully, the album more than lived up to this promise. Now the song is so ubiquitous you can’t escape it. Holy crap I love this video.
Joanna Newsom – Peach, Plum, Pear: This video is comprised of found 16mm footage, and is a perfect fit for Newsom’s dreamy vocals. I’ve talked to quite a number of folk who can’t get past the little girl crone tenor of her voice, but I love it more and more everyday.
Hot Chip – The Boy From School: Not only a great video (one of my favorites from this year), but also a phenomenal song.
Supercar – Be: Sorry Radiohead. You just got knocked from the top ‘artsy videos that make us vaguely uncomfortable’ spot. Supercar makes amazing music, but their videos almost require medication.
Yuki – Sentimental Journey: This clip is the inspiration for the now abandoned Jack White coke commercial (Nagi Noda directed both), and it’s easily one of the most complex single take videos I’ve ever seen. Truly masterful.
Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy: This may be one of the most beautiful videos of this year, and it’s all the cooler for incorporating footage of Joseph Kittinger‘s astounding 102,800 feet freefall for Project Excelsior. This also marked Boards of Canada’s first foray into full length videos.