Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. When it comes to the art of the music video, 2014 is already starting out well. We're leaving behind the holidays and starting to work our way into the coming year of out-there cinemaudio expression. If this week's crop is any indication, it's going to be a real good twelve months worth of work for The Last VJ.

Vote for your favorite at the end.

Adam Bricks, "Kristmas"
First, a big hand for Houston's own Adam Bricks, who took home the title of best video of the week with over 50 percent of the vote, knocking the powerhouse that is Erasure's stop-motion magic off the top spot. Nothing starts the year off better than seeing local acts stand toe-to-toe with national ones. Congrats, Adam, and good luck this week.

REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup

Ethan Gold, "They Turned Away"
it takes some investment, but Ethan Gold's "They Turned Away" is an amazing video if you give it a chance for a couple of minutes. Director Ari Gold helps Ethan craft an amazingly personal story where Ethan sits confined to a chair singing his interrogation by an oppressive, Nazi-like regime.

With barely a movement for most of the song, Ethan expresses a well of pain and rage that shatters the concrete bunker around him, while Ari peppers the scene with little steampunk touches that give the video an oddly timeless feel. It's desolate and dystopian, but there's always beauty in a song sung on the brink of a most horrid death.

Lost In The Trees, "Past Life"
"Past Life" is a masterpiece about transition. Dan Huiting and Andre Durand have made a Lynchian piece of brilliance that takes the deathly tones of Lost in the Trees' song and brought it to heavenly un-life. We follow a hooded man with strangely luminescent eyes played by Aaron Courteau as he grimly drives his Ford truck through a darkened wilderness, seeking either the ending of his own soul or the beginning.

Either way, Courteau carries with him the endless mystery of death, climbing up and down the stairs of the melody in ways a more linear narrative never could. Haunting has never been so well-defined.

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