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Music Videos

Max Cooper: Perpetual Motion

Max Cooper: Perpetual Motion

Visual artist Nick Cobby combined amazing top-down drone footage with abstract digital art to create the hypnotic video for Max Cooper’s Perpetual Motion, an audio-visual piece commissioned by London’s Barbican Centre. The work transforms the movements of people into ever-changing geometric patterns.

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry’s music videos, TV shows, and films deftly combine humor, childlike whimsy, and in-camera effects to entertain our brains. In this clip from Polyphonic, essayist Noah LeFevre explains how Gondry’s background as a percussionist has influenced his work through rhythmic, repetitive, and redundant imagery.

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Anna Meredith: Paramour

Anna Meredith: Paramour

Perhaps inspired by the LEGO railway work of BananenBuurman, filmmaker Ewan Jones Morris takes us on a thrilling one-shot, POV ride, engineered by LEGO expert builder Gary Davis. Anna Meredith’s engrossing instrumental track serves as the perfect accompaniment to the precision-timed train ride.

Lusine: Not Alone

Lusine: Not Alone

In POLY|C’s vibrant music video for Lusine’s smooth electronic track Not Alone, a young engineer works on an neural interface which transports her to a mysterious virtual world. But the lines between the real and imagined worlds blur the deeper she journeys. From the EP Retrace and featuring vocals by Jenn Champion.

Bonobo: No Reason

Bonobo: No Reason

Reminiscent of the best in-camera visual trickery of the mighty Michel Gondry, director Oscar Hudson’s incredible music video for Bonobo and Nick Murphy’s chillwave track was created using forced perspectives with “a very small camera… and a very big set.”

Light Touch

Light Touch

Jazz Emu is a very shy guy with a love for Coca-Cola Light Lime and showers with his clothes on. But that didn’t stop him from releasing a song and a music video to show us just how introverted he is. This track is so going to be our summer jam for 2019.

Red Fang: Antidote

Red Fang: Antidote

(Gore) Director Ansel Wallenfang’s awesome music video for metal band Red Fang’s track Antidote looks like a level from a 16-bit video game, is packed with retro gaming tropes, and culminates with one of the greatest boss fights of all time. We so want to play that van beatdown level.

Said the Whale: Record Shop

Said the Whale: Record Shop

The video for Said the Whale’s alt-pop track Record Shop is noteworthy for the way its animations were produced. The video was created by spinning 129 vinyl records – each covered with a custom sticker, and syncing up the camera to produce an effect similar to a phenakistiscope. From the album Cascadia.

Weval: Someday

Weval: Someday

(Flashing Images) Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin’s abstract music video serves as the perfect complement to the driving rhythm and headphone-worthy sounds of Weval’s track Someday. The imagery and sounds reflect the fragility of our planet, and humanity’s desire to hold on.

The Manx: Hateful Goo

The Manx: Hateful Goo

(PG-13: Language) Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland plays a guy who gets sucked into the most visceral video game ever made in the whacked-out music video for the track Hateful Goo by LA thrashpunk-comedy-art group The Manx.

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Directed by experimental artist Tobias Gremmler, music video for Björk’s latest track transforms the enigmatic Icelandic vocalist into weird and wonderful flora and fauna that look like they were birthed on strange alien planet.

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

Lil Dicky: Earth

Lil Dicky: Earth

(PG-13: Language) After an unpleasant encounter with some street urchins, musician Lil Dicky visits a magical animated world where he celebrates all the good things our planet has to offer. The celebrity-packed clip is actually for a good cause – saving our planet.

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Hot Chip: Hungry Child

Hot Chip: Hungry Child

A couple can’t seem to stop their bickering and hostility, and their angst is reflected in the soundtrack which swirls around them constantly. This darkly comic music video gets us ready for Hot Chip’s new album A Bath Full of Ecstasy, due out 6/21/19.

The Chemical Brothers: We’ve Got to Try

The Chemical Brothers: We’ve Got to Try

The latest track from The Chemical Brothers‘ album No Geography features the intense, driving electronic beats we’ve come to expect, accompanied by inspiring vocals, and a music video about a dog who first learns to drive race cars, then pilot a rocket ship.

MK: Back & Forth

MK: Back & Forth

A man struggles with a strange ailment that makes him groove endlessly in director Finn Keenan’s darkly comic music video for MK’s smooth dance track. Directors Notes has a short piece on how they pulled off the trick shots by rotoscoping characters into position.

Said the Whale: UnAmerican

Said the Whale: UnAmerican

The stop-motion music video for Said the Whale’s pop track features a meticulously planned and edited sequence of 2250 still photos which were sequenced to create the illusion of motion within the frame. It took a team of 6 over 80 hours to put together the clip.

Gin Blossoms: Face the Dark

Gin Blossoms: Face the Dark

“Time can’t wake your frozen heart… With an ocean in between us, we can only row so far.” Gin Blossoms teamed up with storm chasing photographer Chad Cowan for the visuals to accompany the brilliant poetry of their latest single. From the album Mixed Reality.

Kaizo Trap Remixed

Kaizo Trap Remixed

YouTuber t.p. took animator Guy Collins‘ amazing Kaizo Trap video, and reworked it with a fresh electronica soundtrack that fits perfectly with the protagonist’s challenging journey into a platform video game world. Even if you’ve seen the original already, it’s worth a rewatch.

Jack White: Corporation

Jack White: Corporation

(Gore/Violence) Director Jonathan “Jodeb” Desbiens and cinematographer Kristof Brandl’s music video for Jack White’s garage funk instrumental track Corporation doubles as an intense crime drama, as an investigator tries to deconstruct a grizzly murder.

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Aphex Twin: T69 Collapse

Aphex Twin: T69 Collapse

(Flashing Images) The trippy texture-mapped environments of the video for Aphex Twin’s latest track is the perfect accompaniment to the driving, syncopated, electrofunk beats that seem at once both chaotic and meticulously planned. From the upcoming EP Collapse.

Crøm-lus: Strange Jealousy

Crøm-lus: Strange Jealousy

Animator Georgios Cherouvim’s video for Poppy Edwards aka Crøm-lus ethereal track features fantastic imagery, manipulating footage of faces using an algorithm replicating the behavior of slime mold as it forms branch-like structures in search of nutrients.

Chinese Man: Step Back

Chinese Man: Step Back

Directors Fred & Annabelle created of the most slickest music videos we’ve seen in a while. Thousands of nondescript characters face off at a city intersection, while DJ Chinese Man keeps the beat going from the tallest amp stack we’ve ever seen. From the album Shikantaza.

Boston Bun: Spread Love

Boston Bun: Spread Love

(PG-13) A man gets massive amounts of attention heaped upon him when he gets a new and adorable pet with a unique talent in Simon Cahn’s hilariously offbeat music video for DJ Boston Bun’s and DVNO’s catchy dance track about spreading love like a Paddington Bear.

Gorillaz: Hollywood

Gorillaz: Hollywood

In what is sure to be one of the big hits off of Gorillaz‘ new album THE NOW NOW, the cartoons are joined by Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle for a thumping good banger of a track about Hollywood’s superficiality and chew-em-up and spit-em-out culture.

Motorcycle Boy

Motorcycle Boy

(PG-13: Slight nudity) Filmmaker James F. Coton introduces us to three very different members of Japan’s underground motorcycle culture. The clip starts out as a documentary, but transforms into a music video for The Legendary Tigerman in its back half.

Whack World

Whack World

(PG-13: Language) Filmmakers Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Léger take us on a wild ride through the disjointed mind of rapper Tierra Whack, playing out as 15 one-minute mini movies, each shot on a different set. The scenes are loaded with style, humor, and attitude.

Gunship: Art3mis & Parzival

Gunship: Art3mis & Parzival

(Spoilers) This music video from the band GUNSHIP serves as a wonderful tribute to the characters in Ready Player One, as told through 16-bit pixel art. The band is also giving away a custom arcade cabinet if you can figure out the secrets hidden in the video. (Thanks Lee!)

Muse: Thought Contagion

Muse: Thought Contagion

It’s too late for a revolution… Brace for the final solution. The title track off of the upcoming Muse album Thought Contagion feels kind of like a dark sequel to the events of Uprising. The track features a great music video dripping with ’80s style and pop culture references.

Vladimir Cauchemar: Aulos

Vladimir Cauchemar: Aulos

Russian musician Vladimir Cauchemar pops up all over the place to warm the world with the soothing and hypnotic sounds of his recorder. Kudos to director Alice Kunisue for one of the most entertaining and WTF things we’ve watched today.

Orelsan: Basique

Orelsan: Basique

Directors Greg&Lio shot this video for French musician OrelSan, which features a seemingly endless cast of characters for the rapper to march through. The smooth tracking shot was captured using an expertly piloted drone. The subtitled version has a little bonus at the end.

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