The music video is not dead.
Here are some of my favorite music videos from 2009.
(in no particular order)
The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
Let’s start things off with a bang! when i look up ‘badass’ in the virtual dictionary, i want to see this.
P.O.S. – Drumroll
love the Children of Men vibe i get from this one.
Justice – Stress
Brasstronaut – Old Word Lies
I really love the sense of scope in this.
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (unofficial)
I like this unofficial fan made video for Two Weeks a lot more than the official one.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Modest Mouse – King Rat
Directed by Heath Ledger, this video is pretty dark and a little unsettling.
Fever Ray – If I had a Heart
Fever Ray put out a bunch of creepy atmospheric videos this year. they were all outstanding, but i found this one to have the biggest impact. i still get chills when i see the bodies in the drained pool. yeesh!
Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
black body suits, check. double sided tape, check. styrofoam, check. so simple. such an awesome execution.
Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance
2009 was the year of stop-motion, and i fully support its popularity. This video is full of great little moments and cool tricks.
We Plants Are Happy Plants
This video came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. Wonderfully done. Just be sure to watch it all the way through to the end, as the clever twist is the best part.
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
great. simple. burning up that dolly track!
Chromeo – Night By Night
I love this because it really captures the feel of late 80s/early 90s movies.
Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule (Justice remix)
…and this should be the credit sequence!
Washed Out – Feel It All Around
OK Go – WTF?
who would have thought that a video echo could be so awesome. This was shot in one take, and it looks like it was tons of fun!
Charlotte Gainsbourg (feat. Beck) – Heaven Can Wait
Kanye West – Welcome to Heartbreak
c’mon, you knew Kanye was gonna make this list. His videos are usualy pretty awesome. He works with some talented artists.
and for the record, i kinda thought Beyonce’s video was terrible…
Ólafur Arnalds – Ljósið
Absolutely beautiful motion graphics. Absolutely beautiful song.
So there you have it. 2009 was a great year for music videos and i cant wait to see what 2010 has in store for us!
What were your favorites? What did I leave out?