There was a long period of time when I refused to watch a single music video. It was becoming an art form devoid of originality, and filled with copycats. But it seems there has been a recent resurgence of quality music videos of late. Check out these new videos, and let’s hope that that revolution continues…
This “moving painting” from Mr. West is his Sistine Chapel, and may turn out to be the game-changing video of our generation. I certainly hope so, because the status-quo should no longer be acceptable. About one hundred seconds long, it is somewhat reminiscent of the slow motion video “Flashing Lights” he did back in 2007, but still not quite the same as anything we have seen before. Also, check out the installation from Marco Brambilla that inspired this work.
The talented Janelle Monae went a completely different route with her video, and put together an equally amazing piece of art. With a budget that was probably lower than a Happy Meal, one take, and no special effects, she was still able to create one of the most emotionally moving music videos I have ever seen. Watch, rewind, repeat.
Many of you will recognize this song by Earl Sweatshirt off of his album Earl that I recently reviewed (it was crack). Just some more background information; he is from the group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All out of Las Angeles, is sixteen years old, and loves rape, coke & couches. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it is an entertaining video.