The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week
Welcome back, music fans. The Last VJ has some treats for you this week, which run the gamut from ecstatically artistic to banal to the point of brilliance. The indescribable nuttiness of Bunny Michael returns with new work, and I indulge my juvenile side with a rap battle between video-game characters.
Plus, Teen Mom Farrah Abraham made a music video. Allah be merciful.
Lyla Foy, "Feather Tongue"
You have to be really willing to invest in "Feather Tongue," but if you do you'll probably end the whole thing in tears because it is undeniably beautiful. Director Oscar Hudson follows Foy's ghostly-sad vocals through a series of people all horrified or outraged by the approach of an unseen figure whose eyes serve as out point of view. A terrified priest in a dilapidated church, a pretty woman smoking a cigarette in a towel with a strange mix of longing and dread, a group of raging hooligans and more are all witnesses driven into emotional extremes by the slow approach of our protagonist.
When Merry Colchester finally steps into the light as a mysterious tattooed man, all those extremes dissolve into throes of love and kindness. I'm not sure what exactly is going on, but it feels very much like some poor soul wandered back from the pits of perdition to forgive those who persecuted him. It's a vaguely Christ-like tale, but none the worse for having been used before. In any regard, it's lovely.
Bunny Michael, "Holy Holy"
I honestly don't know if Bunny Michael should get a Grammy or full-time psychiatric observation. Probably both. Every single thing she does is sincerely insane, like if Crispin Glover had a rebellious teenage daughter.
"Holy Holy" is much tamer in the realm of WTF than her last effort, "Gasolina," but it's still got just enough melty edge to make you feel like you're watching porn inside a Salvador Dali painting. I don't understand a moment of anything she does, but Bunny is always a good time.
REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup
Postcards From Jeff, "Awake"
This may come as something of a great shock from a man who consumes 99 percent of his music through videos instead of actually going out to shows, but I've got something of an agoraphobic streak. Because of that, "Awake" really hit home.
It follows a man up late at night who so desperately wants to leave his apartment but simply can't muster the courage. Obsessively, he arranges every little detail and object in his home until every possible item is in its exact spot, all the while his hands shake and he's assaulted by visions of himself free on a beautiful seaside cliff. For those of us who sometimes can't quite make it out the door, it's a beautiful recreation of that mindset.
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