Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top 5 Videos of the Week
Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. While the rest of the world still reels from Kanye's latest failure in the realm of music videos as well as the unfortunate return of Rebecca Black, less egocentric artists are out there putting on little video plays that blow his completely out of the water. It's been a year of viral awfulness from the mainstream, but here at the Last VJ there's still some hope that the best possible music videos will shine on like crazy diamonds.
Let's see what we found this week. Vote at the end.
La Luz, "Big Bad Blood"
Big hand to last week's winner La Luz, who crafted a tribute to bloody grindhouse posters that couldn't be beat. Severed heads and a rocking good tune is a potent combination for entertainment; let's see if they've got the chops to go two weeks in a row.
The Voluntary Butler Scheme, "Quinzhee"
Graeme Maguire has taken VBS's light-hearted, Beach Boys-esque ode to snow huts and turned it into an endearing tale of a lonely ice demon. Our hero continuously builds himself a friend out of snow that is repeatedly destroyed, until he is then pursued by a hunter.
It's intentionally lo-fi, but that allows the video to float well over the song's airy melodies. Considering how bloody most of the animated videos I run across are, it's a nice change of pace to sit back and watch a yeti be rescued by a beaver and a llama.
REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup
I've seen a lot of music videos in this gig, but I've never really seen one that was basically about listening to the song itself. At least not one done this well. The video follows a drunk man at a small dive bar in Japan who doesn't want to go home at closing time, and convinces the bar owner to let him have one more drink as they listen to "Endless."
Meanwhile, the narrative fractures out into aimless wanderings by a host of lost souls, possibly figments of the drunk's imagination as he imagines a world outside of his binge. It's a strange video, like a very low-key David Lynch, and Shapeshifter's ethereal electronica certainly helps push the video into fever-dream territory.
Countdown continues on the next page.