Two weeks ago I started with my first review on some selected music videos which were published in the spring. Now we continue with part two…
1. Portugal. The Man – »All Your Light« directed by Dan Brown. The music video review begins once more with a gruesome short. A young boy is walking on a meadow with a bloody bag in his hand. In the following, a scary story around a dirty trailer park begins. By the way: a wonderful song.
2. Jack White – »Sixteen Saltines« directed by AG Rojas. Jack White has released a video for »Sixteen Saltines« filled with flaming cars, self-asphyxiating burnouts, creative drug use, property destruction and plenty of other bizarre occurrences. Needless to say, hard but pretty amazing.
3. Woodkid – »Run Boy Run« directed by Yoann Lemoine. It is difficult to understand the intense work of Yoann Lemoine, the level of passion he has. Stylistically at one with the Iron video, every shot is crafted beautifully. I was a little surprised he did the same again. But it works.
4. Grimes – »Oblivion« directed by Emily Kai Bock. Claire Boucher alias Grimes is planning a video-cycle for all 13 album songs. »If music is the main course, then the video is making my dessert« she says. »Oblivion« shows my weakness for half-empty motocross stadiums, cheerleading and floodlights. Besides, this one is my favourite from »Visions«
5. M.I.A. – »Bad Girls« directed by Romain Gavras. Based on the criticism of M.I.A.’s »Born Free« video two years ago, her situation was not quite as simple. A longtime critics‘ favorite lost her crown. Her symbols were too bold and too stereotyped. Nevertheless, the mood of the fans was at its best. The video has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube and a ton of attention. It shows M.I.A. in a desert location, surrounded by women in leopard bodysuits. Men in white garments stand on water pipes by the side of the road and watch two BMWs doing high-speed stunts. Brilliant!