Best New Videos III

These brand-new videos represent our best batch yet!  We’ve scoured through hundreds of videos in the past few months in order to bring you the finest the industry has to offer.  Start watching here now to discover your new favorites! 

Despite the fact that MTV has removed “music” from its moniker, music videos are alive and well.  Without the backing of major labels, budgets have been diminished, but new digital tools have helped directors to bring their visions to life.  This is an exciting time for the medium; the sky seems to be the limit for creativity.

In the latest installment, we bring you the best work of the past season: live action, time-lapse photography, animation, computer imagery, and even crayon!

A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Requiem for the Static King Part One
Director:  Christopher Hewitt

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part One (Official Video) from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.

This season’s highlight is an amazing, heartfelt video that arrives a year after the stellar album, A Winged Victory for the Sullen.  The video runs the gamut of emotions, but ends on a note of hope.

Beirut: The Rip Tide
Director: Houmah Abdallah

Beirut ‘The Rip TIde’ from Houmam Abdallah on Vimeo.

A stunning debut from director Houman Abdallah: what begins as a normal sailing expedition turns into something wondrous.

Hundred Waters: Thistle
Director: Martin Allais

Hundred Waters – Thistle (Official video) from Martin Allais on Vimeo.

Shades of Stephen R. Johnson and Michael Gondry ~ an unexpectedly beautiful stop-motion video that we wish would never stop.  Poor horsie.

MRK: The Flow
Sound Design: echoicaudio

The Flow from MRK on Vimeo.

A short, abstract film that has already won an award for sound design, “The Flow” experiments with codes and layers and impresses with its industrial tone.

Kira Kira: Cutthroat Roundabout
Director: Sara Gunnarsdottir

CUTTHROAT ROUNDABOUT from Sara Gunnarsdottir on Vimeo.

An extremely bizarre, incredibly intriguing video for a song that didn’t seem to lend itself to the format – until we saw this.

View from the ISS at Night
Director: Knate Myers
Music: John Murphy, Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)
Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic

View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

Sumptuous, all natural images from the International Space Station, a reminder of the beauty of our planet and a counterbalance to the violence of the international news.

John Talabot: Lamento
Director: Joshua Catalano

LAMENTO from Joshua Catalano on Vimeo.

A wild, hypnotic video for the techheads: special props to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them flying cat ships.

Nicolas Ménard: Micromachines
Director: Nicolas Ménard
Music: Je Theme

Micromachines (2012) from Nicolas Ménard on Vimeo.

Sure, it’s “just crayon”, but it’s so much fun, especially for the kids.  Cars go to the drive-in to see movies about cars!

Hamer Hall: Evolution
Director: Cameron Gough
Music: Nick van Cuylenburg

Hamer Hall – Evolution from Dirty Puppet on Vimeo.

An unusual shape for a video – even narrower than the last one – designed to run in the 6 x 1 metre LED screens of Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.  Unless you have really good eyes, we recommend watching in full-screen!

Flying Lotus: Putty Boy Strut
Director: Cyriak

Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut (Until The Quiet Comes, new album out October 1st/2nd) from Warp Records on Vimeo.

The director of  Eskmo’s “We Got More” returns with a futuristic tale of cannibalistic robots.

ACL Classic: Cyriak’s “Cycles”

This 2010 video, alternately (and lovingly) known as “Invasion of the Teddy Bears”, represents Cyriak’s finest moment to date.

Miss a previous installment?  Click below for more!

Best New Videos I

Best New Videos II

Richard Allen

One comment

  1. Pretty serious stuff. The video is as intimate as the band’s music, offering a glimpse of beauty where it’s never seen. Watch as a lek of monarchs (SAT word of the day: a lek is a group of butterflies) overtakes a prison, bringing temporary calm to a space often associated with brutality and anguish.

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