The 25 Best Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 25-21
23. Band of Skulls, "Sweet Sour"
The band (of skulls... I'm never going to stop using that joke) doesn't appear in their official video, but a quartet of awesome kids does. They bust moves in the mean streets, using music and dance instead of fists and knives in what is clearly a gritty and violent world. On top of that, the song itself is a toe-tapper, but its real beauty is in the pure vision of joy in the ruins.
22. Mothlite, "Seeing in the Dark"
Daniel O'Sullivan's latest project, Mothlite, showed off a video called "Seeing in the Dark" that ended up being something of a twisted mirror version of Beyer's comparatively bright and happy work. The same repeating visual memes are there, but in director Kristin Boyesen's hands, they become sinister harbingers of consumption in addition to the constantly shifting shadows that threaten O'Sullivan like an evolutionary arms race come to horrifying life.
21. Jennifer Grassman, "The Bedroom Door"
Though Grassman's "The Haunting" was a more ambitious and technically accomplished work, her sister Kaitlin's simple shots of a girl slowly killing herself over Jennifer's haunting, angelic voice is definitely the deeper and more memorable work. I still say the damned thing is way too long, and that in general music videos should cut themselves in the name of cinematic pacing, but you can't deny the power of the piece.
Tune in Tuesday for 20-16!