If you know me, you know that music videos are my obsession and make me more excited than anything else in the world. They are my love. I love moments when great music is effectively translated into and paired with imagery. I think it’s partially because I love music so achingly much that music videos I like help express the type of response I get when hearing particular songs. When I hear music I love, it’s as if my body short circuits and I forget how to move my limbs not in a hastened, awkward way away to the beat because I just want the people around me to hear. that. one. part. right at 0:32 or 1:12. Do you hear that brrer-reer pa-pow……?? RIGHT THERE! And I repeatedly just am met with blank stares or a loving laugh from someone who knows that this is just what I do.
Well, here are some music videos and tracks I’ve been loving lately.
ALT-J – TARO
This song has been my obsession lately and the youtube user who edited it along to a beautifully shot documentary did a great job. It made me crumble a bit watching it. I love people and I love this world and I love artful perspectives of both that make you present and appreciative of them. I love inspired perspectives.
“That one part” of this video and song to me is hands down is at 3:02 – the loopy, dreaminess of the slow motion spiraling Ferris wheel with the stationary boys in the middle paired with the trickling, dwindling, twisting music melts me – uh! The steady swooping camera movement at 3:28 and the mob of people looking at the camera is also so lovely. I guess it reminds me of our humanness and how many threads of life journeys there are around us. People simply standing collectively and looking in a shared direction – it strikes me as fundamentally -powerful-. The slow motion of young boys running at 1:16 has a rhythm that draaags, each stride feeling slightly weighted and has a cool tension with the very decisive beat of that portion of the song.
I really am not sure why I have such a strong urge to always point these things out so minutely and whenever I attempt to navigate that question I just end up looping back to what is our motivation to do anything? I think those particular moments in great video and music are the moments that assure me that the world is an awe-inspiring place and I just naturally want to enthusiastically share that. I think I also just want to dwell in those moments, too.
JAMES BLAKE - RETROGRADE
Of course shot by Martin de Thurah, who’s consistently amazing. This song has been blowing up in my Facebook feed, my friends keep posting it – understandably. I love the jump of the song at 1:45 paired with the flicker of the light stream, accented by other spots and flares of light. BRILLIANT for pairing with the sheet of sound. Favorite part: 2:42 with the frozen pebbles and strong shadows – beautiful.
BWGH Promo video with song – Mmoth’s Heart
I think my favorite part with this video actually happens to be the transition into the song. I like the ambient noise that is leads with – the birds chirping, car door shutting, shoes on gravel. Perhaps a theme between these three – slow motion. I love
And then some songs that have yet to be paired with an awesome music video (at least I haven’t seen them) – gets the ideas a-flowing.
MONSTER RALLY - BEACH AT NIGHT
The title matches this song perfectly.