Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top 5 Videos of the Week
Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we explore some coinage history while watching a headless organ player, trip balls with Eternal Lips, and watch a touching tribute to a family member that is so sweet that even my jaded heart doesn't want to mock it. Music video-ing is a-happening right now, and you're getting the best we could find.
Don't forget to vote at the end.
CHAMPION: Melanie Martinez, "Dollhouse"
For two weeks in a row Melanie Martinez's dark look at a hidden family life has topped the voting here. It dances a line between catchy pop-princess preciousness and pure Lynchian terror. Every time I watch it I see something new and unsettling, which is why I'm not at all surprised it's managed such a run. Congrats, Melanie!
Eternal Lips feat. Sharon Van Etten, "Dream Hesitate"
"Dream Hesitate" is not exactly a new or exciting idea in its execution. In reality, it's little more than a collection of flashing colors and delirious images that give vibrancy to a burger cook's otherwise empty existence.
Luckily, Eternal Lips' song is such a soothing round of indie sound that it meshes perfectly with the swirling loneliness of our hero's life. From day job to a trip to a psychic, all aspects appear in the same swirling whirlpool of hallucinations. There'
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Death Vessel, "Mercury Dime"
Director Peter Glantz brings us a strange, misshapen look at "Mercury Dime" that is extremely appropriate for the subject matter. The song was inspired by a strange run of the ten-cent U.S. currency that was minted up until 1945. Though the Mercury Dime was lauded for its beautiful design, that same design made the dime impractical in vending machines, and eventually it was discontinued.
Death Vessel front man Joel Thibodeau once owned one, and like the Mercury Dime the video is as elegant as a Bryan Fuller TV show and as awkward as a dog with three legs. "Freakshow" is not a bad term, though that should in no way detract from the fact that it is a well-danced freakshow at all points.
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