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Music Videos

David Bowie: No Plan

David Bowie: No Plan
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“Here, there’s no music here. I’m lost in streams of sound. Here, am I nowhere now? No plan.” Tom Hingston’s music video for one of Bowie’s final tracks will pierce you to the core, its static-filled screens where Ziggy, the Thin White Duke, and Bowie’s other personas once appeared.

Kakkmaddafakka: Lilac

Kakkmaddafakka: Lilac

Director Carlín Díaz presents a charming and wonderfully animated music video about two strangers who share a wonderful day together, but will never see each other again – except in their dreams and memories. The song comes from Norwegian indie rockers KMF.

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OK Go: The One Moment

OK Go: The One Moment

The latest from video maestros OK Go starts off with a bang, making a destructive mess in its first 4.2 seconds. The rest of the video is simply those same 4.2 seconds shown in super slow-motion, revealing numerous details you surely missed the first time around. BTS here.

Jamie XX: Gosh

Jamie XX: Gosh
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Romain Gavras’ video for Jamie XX’s electronica track Gosh leaves a whole lot open to interpretation, but it’s still one of the most visually powerful music videos we’ve seen, as a veritable army of followers flock to a mysterious man. From the album In Colour.

LORN: Anvil

LORN: Anvil

Hélène Jeudy & Antoine Caëcke’s animated video for LORN’s retrofuturist track envisions a future in which overpopulation is “cured” by making humans terminate their bodies, and upload their souls into a social network. Let’s hope Facebook doesn’t get any funny ideas.

Bob in the Rain and The Lizard of Hope

Bob in the Rain and The Lizard of Hope

Singer/songwriter Tom Rosenthal’s track tells the story of a very sad man named Bob, and a lizard who ultimately saves his life. The tale of hope is perfectly complemented by a Wizard of Oz-esque transition from black and white to colorful worlds by animator Dave Anderson.

Beautiful People

Beautiful People

We love the juxtaposition of nature and visual effects in director Michał Marczak’s music video for Mark Pritchard’s collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Pritchard’s original instrumental is about loss, contrasted with Yorke’s vocals about love and hope.

Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

If The Strokes and Cake had a baby, their offspring would be Car Seat Headrest. The band deftly melds founder Will Toledo’s sharp vocals and lyrics with raw garage rock, trumpet and trombone in this track from the new album Teens of Denial.

Band of Horses: Casual Party

Band of Horses: Casual Party
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Band of Horses lets their freak flags fly in Ben Fee’s video for their awesomely catchy new single, set at a party filled with strange and wonderful creatures. It’s like the alt-pop version of Cantina Band. Lyrics here.

Coldplay: Up&Up

Coldplay: Up&Up
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Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia’s video for Coldplay’s single combines visuals of real world settings filmed at dramatically different distances. The result is a surreal world in which soccer is played on a sponge, volcanoes spew popcorn, and babies fly on airplane wings.

Lord Huron: The World Ender

Lord Huron: The World Ender
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“I’m the World Ender, baby, and I’m back from the grave… They can run for their lives but they cannot be saved.” We got a serious No Country for Old Men vibe from Ariel Vida’s sinister music video for Lord Huron’s vengeance-filled, ’50s surf music influenced track.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO: When I Was a Boy

Jeff Lynne’s ELO: When I Was a Boy
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Jeff Lynne has continued to produce and create music since the heyday of Electric Light Orchestra, and he’s still got it. His latest single is a reflection on his own childhood dreams, and Warren Fu’s video is a love letter to Lynne himself. From the album Alone in the Universe.

De Staat: Witch Doctor

De Staat: Witch Doctor

(PG-13: Language) Even if De Staat’s intense track isn’t your musical cup of tea, Studio Smack’s mindblowing music video will pull you in and won’t let go. The low-budget video was made with mo-cap and CGI trickery. We haven’t felt this way since seeing Mad Max: Fury Road.

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DUM: I’ll Be Around

DUM: I’ll Be Around
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For their latest hum-worthy music video, DUM yet again face-swapped themselves with movie actors, this time choosing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as their subject of choice. Even the chilled monkey brains got a new face.

Sometimes I Feel So Deserted

Sometimes I Feel So Deserted

Director Ninian Doff’s video for The Chemical Brothers’ new track works as a brilliant standalone work of science fiction, leaving us wanting to know so much more about this dystopian world that lives somewhere between Mad Max, The Walking Dead and Westworld.

Hundred Waters: Innocent

Hundred Waters: Innocent

“An empty spacecraft. A paranoid vacuum cleaner robot. Some strange invaders. Jeremy Clapin’s animated short film serves as the music video for Hundred Waters‘ dreamlike track Innocent, and also is a great little science fiction story.

Turn Down for What without Music

Turn Down for What without Music

(NSFW?) We already had to wash our eyeballs out with soap the first time we watched the video for DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon’s Turn Down for What. Now that College Humor has had their way with it, we might be scarred for life.

Give Life Back to Music: Animated

Give Life Back to Music: Animated

Daft Punk’s Give Life Back to Music is a great track, but its official music video leaves a little to be desired. Thankfully, Bitter Strike! Cartoons created their own fan-made music video that lives up to Daft Punk’s musical vision.

W&W: Bigfoot

W&W: Bigfoot
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Shhh! I think I hear a samsquanch! Follow the pulsing, synth-heavy tracks of dance music duo W&W deep into the darkest of woods and you may discover the not so elusive but ridiculously awesome music video for their banger Bigfoot. 

The Difference a Day Makes

The Difference a Day Makes

Dark sci-fi visuals and an ambiance inspired by the emptiness of space are somewhat at odds with Jim Guthrie’s earthy sound but his music still works brilliantly with the video for this somber single off his album Takes Time.

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Like a Rolling Stone Video

Like a Rolling Stone Video

Almost 50 years after the release of Bob Dylan’s first electric single, Like A Rolling Stone finally has a music video and an interactive one at that. Flick through the different ‘stations’ for a different experience every time you watch.

CD Animation

CD Animation

Have some CDs lying around? Don’t just use them as coasters! Revamping a classic form of animation, frames were printed onto 189 discs to produce a very cool and appropriate effect for the video of Life is Music by Japanese band SOUR.

Marching Band King of Pop Tribute

Marching Band King of Pop Tribute

Michael Jackson may be gone, but his musical legacy will outlive all of us. In tribute to the 25th anniversary of his hit album Bad, the OSU Marching Band paid their respects to the King of Pop during their halftime against Iowa.

Tiny Love

Tiny Love

A soft groove combined with ghostly guitars, vocals and synths on Tiny Love by Amsterdam based Moss accentuates a compelling video that follows MMA fighter Marlos Coenen and all of the moments leading up to a fight.

Breath Animation

Breath Animation
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Breaths from the band members of Travis bring a projected animation to life in this entirely appropriate video for Moving, the second single off of their upcoming album Where You Stand. The album drops 8/19/13.

Team Spirit: MRDR It’s OK

Team Spirit: MRDR It’s OK

(NSFW) The second episode in Brooklyn-based Team Spirit’s music video series by animation duo HannesJohannes picks up with the boys finding themselves in Hell and being forced to play at the celebration of Satan’s Unholy Union.

I’m Sorry We Lied

I’m Sorry We Lied

We’ve been listening to Blood Orange’s Coastal Grooves since last year but this slick new video by Abteen Bagheri is a good reminder that the album goes great with murder Summer nights.

Fleet Foxes Animated Video

Fleet Foxes Animated Video

Sean Pecknold’s animated clip for The Shrine/An Argument off of Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues is beautifully done. Are we the only ones who secretly wish animals really looked like this?

The Greeks (Music Video)

The Greeks (Music Video)

No, this isn’t the video for Gorillaz’ Kids With Guns, it’s actually for a group known as Is Tropical. Regardless, it’s got kids, guns, and a violent style that mixes comic books with Freddie Wong.

Squeeze Me (Music Video)

Squeeze Me (Music Video)

WEARWILL’s video for Dutch artists Kraak & Smaak (which means “Crunch and Taste”) overlays the background with a simple, but clever gimmick – a flipbook for animating the foreground elements.

Very Busy People

Very Busy People

(NSFW: Language) The Limousines’ single is a commentary on the temporary and shallow pleasure that we get from the artificial sources we consume. Let’s all live, get out and create more!

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