Music Videos

Corridor: Topographe

Corridor: Topographe

Jonathan Robert & Gabriel Favreau’s animated music video for Quebec band Corridor takes us on a wild trip through a fantastical structure filled with elevators, staircases, cable cars, and other vertical conveyances that all lead towards an almighty computer that controls man and machine.

Canigou: Tape

Canigou: Tape

The organic, kaleidoscopic imagery in animator Hideki Inaba Kanahebi’s music video is about as intricate as it gets. The colorful and repetitive images of nature and its interconnections serve as the perfect setting in which to enjoy Canigou’s smooth and relaxing ambient track.

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Max Cooper: Repetition

Max Cooper: Repetition

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin teamed up with with musician Max Cooper for this mindbending audio-visual collaboration. Reminiscent of the work of the great Philip Glass, Cooper’s repetitive and driving sounds are reflected in surreal scenes which were digitally copied, tweaked, and pasted to repeat endlessly.

The Flaming Lips: Giant Baby

The Flaming Lips: Giant Baby

When it comes to Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, we’ve come to expect the unexpected… This track from King’s Mouth is a story of a giant tot with a love for outer space, packing fat beats, analog squeals, and a psychedelic music video with special guest Fred Armisen. The album cut includes narration by Mick Jones of The Clash.

Dillon Francis: Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It)

Dillon Francis: Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It)

(PG-13: Lyrics) Ain’t nuthin’ to it, but to do it. The DADS‘ delightful music video brings back memories of the Spike Jonze/Fatboy Slim/Christopher Walken collaboration on Weapon of Choice, and that’s a good thing. Sit back and enjoy as an ordinary guy breaks out his best dance moves to the infectious grooves of DJ Dillon Francis.

Moon B: Welcome

Moon B: Welcome

Animator Joseph Melhuish presents a welcome video for observers and travelers to the planets of the fictitious “Udaya” system, which happens to share its name with Moon B’s album, from whence this smooth and funky electronic instrumental track comes.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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