Sticking with the slo-mo underwater theme, here’s another excellent example of a non-label-produced music video featuring Archive’s “You Make Me Feel”:
The Music: The overdriven bassline oscillating between two notes next to the vocalist’s lilting and enchanting tonage is what really makes this track (and makes it fit so well with video shot underwater). If I didn’t know any better I’d think this was a Massive Attack or Portishead track, though naturally I do know better- Mezzanine was released a year before this track was, in 1998, while Portis’ Dummy debuted in ’94. All three groups, though, are pillars of the ’90s U.K. trip-hop scene, which as far as I’m concerned was an explosion of jammin’ beats we’re still recovering... Read More
The Music: Barcelona owes about 12 million hits to this bad boy, and it’s a great example of WHAT EXACTLY TO DO if you’re
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a band and someone out there uses your music for a video. Instead of sending a snarky takedown letter, the label and band responded in person really positively and kept the hits (and the track’s popularity) rolling.
The music is evenly paced and flowing, and is a perfect match with the graceful movements of the fish. The introduction of the string melody at the end of the piece gives it an epic and sad feeling; very emotive, very powerful.
The Video: This one has already made it’s way around the internets pretty well, but it’s always a great one to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The idea of a single, sustained shot for an entire
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The Music: You’ve probably heard Röyksopp’s “Remind Me” from the duo
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‘s 2001 album Melody A.M. before; the original album version was used by a caveman to sell auto insurance to great effect in the States, though the above version is “Someone Else’s Radio Remix” off of the single. A cavalcade of industrial-sounding, catchy beats with a chugging bassline offsets the lilting vocals of this piece quite nicely. Good Röyksopp tracks generally have the effect of making me want to tear down a mountain using a woolly mammoth tusk as a snowboard,... Read More
Hey, MT readers- I’m on vacation this week in the U.K. (going to make the pilgrimage to Abbey
Road tomorrow, in fact) and I don’t have time for a full-on snarktastic review, but check out this great little clip from Scottish freestyle cyc
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list Danny MacAskill featuring Loch Lomond and The Jezebels. I think you’ll agree that the sheer visual perfection of the camerawork plus the seeming ease of MacAskill’s gravity-defying stunts ties the locally-flavored (or flavoured, I guess) music together in a really awesome way. Actually, thanks to this video I’m about three nanoseconds away from heading up to Scotland while I’m in the... Read More
Every once in a while a video surfaces as I’m trawling the blogs that is just so perfect, so visually stunning, and so tightly edited that I can’t help but bump it to the front of my Sunday Music Video Review queue- and this is one of those videos
. It’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “East Hastings”- minus the street preacher intro- and set to some great high-def footage of the abandoned Six Flags theme park in New Orleans. It’s amazing to me that a place can look like this going on five years after Hurricane Katrina hit:
The Music: Not much to do here but thank Adam for getting me into Godspeed a few years ago and link to his groovy review of F#A#∞, which is the album where “East Hastings” can be found. I’ll add that Godspeed You! Black Emperor is... Read More
Sometimes, you just have to pick up your guinea pig, who is also a tax collector, and walk away.
Music: This song is beautiful. Just beautiful. Memoryhouse is a downtempo/electronic/ambient band that is positively haunting, in the best sense of the word. Y’know what? I dare you, dare you, to watch this music video and not have your soul moved. It’s deep- from the waifish, reverb’ed vocals and bass drum tracks to the gently leading guitar and synth patches. My only complaint is that I wish the song was longer. Seriously.
“Lately” is about a lot of things. Friendship. Beauty. Growing up. Modern reliance on machines. Crossing boundaries. Heartbreak. Alienation. Loss. Anomie.
In proper downtempo/ambient fashion, the song is about turning off a part of yourself. About not wanting to feel anymore-... Read More