20Syl’s “Kodama” Music Video Is A Flurry of Instruments and Arms

20syl - Kodama Music Video

20Syl is the mysterious moniker of French beatmaker Sylvain Richard who recently released this killer music video for his track, “Kodama”. The video is a crazy mash up of musical instruments being played by nonspecific arms that play elements of the song while being surrounded by an assortment of interesting props. Plus it’s just a great song in general.

If you dig the video below you can listen to his Motifs EP on Soundcloud, where the track is from.

Bobby Solomon

July 2, 2014 / By

‘Eros and Apollo’ – Cool Electro-Pop from Virtual Band Studio Killers

studio killers

A friend of mine recently turned me on to Studio Killers; a virtual band comprising of characters Cherry, Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink. Virtual bands can be a lot of fun and Studio Killers is no exception. I’m particularly hooked on their track ‘Eros and Apollo’ which is accompanied by a fun animated video featuring an explosion of pixels, disco-culture and neon.

Studio Killers - Eros and Apollo video

The track comes from the band’s self-titled debut which was released last year. If it’s a release that passed you by, it might be worth checking it out. For now, you can check out the video below:

The band are currently hoping to put on a number of live shows and have turned to Kickstarter in the hopes of doing so. The whole thing sounds quite cool. If you’d like to see them live, get your hands on a DVD or just kick in a couple of shekels and get some rewards you can check it out here.

More videos, sounds and social stuff can be found on their website here.

Philip Kennedy

June 10, 2014 / By

Metronomy’s New Video Sees the Band Animated with Felt Tip Pens!

Metronomy

While the golden age of music videos may have now passed, there’s still a number of talented folk out there who are making amazing work. One act in particular who continue to support the art-form is the UK electropop four-piece Metronomy. Last February they worked with Michel Gondry to create a fantastic single-take video for “Love Letters” and their 2011 video for The Look still remains one of my favourite videos of recent memory.

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Philip Kennedy

May 15, 2014 / By

‘Love Letters’ – Metronomy Team-Up With Michel Gondry For A New Music Video

Metronomy - Love Letters

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new music video from Michel Gondry. In fact, the French directors last dabble in the world of music promos was for Björk’s track “Crystalline” all the way back in 2011. Fortunately Gondry has returned, this time teaming-up with English four-piece Metronomy to bring his own distinctive vision to their new single “Love Letters”.

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Philip Kennedy

February 20, 2014 / By

Thug Entrancer’s Death After Life I

Thug Entrancer Death After Life

Thug Entrancer (AKA Ryan McRyhew) is Software‘s latest effort to rethink or change the electronic music landscape. They are releasing the debut of the Chicago-by-way-of-Denver musician’s Death After Life on February 11, a serious dance record intended to experiment and meditate on the TR-808. What’s interesting about the release is it’s clever monotony: it features eight songs called “Death After Life” along with bonus cuts “Ready To Live,” a two part song. All the sounds are coming out of the same pool of 808s but feel particularly polished and new, perhaps what the new life being suggested in the title is.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 6, 2014 / By

A trippy music video made from a scanned iPad

Santiago Carrasquilla, a designer at Sagmeister and Walsh, and his friend Joe Hollier created one of the coolest video of the year so far. It’s for a song by Gabriel Garzón-Montano called “Everything Is Everything”, and boy is it awesome to watch. Here’s how they did it.

1. Shot a bunch of live action footage. The main character is a man who has played guitar on the corner of 23rd St. and 7 Ave. for the past 10 years.
2. Put the video into an iPad then scanned the it while the films were playing.
3. After gathering thousands of these images they were then re-organized to make what essentially is a stop motion film.

It takes a little while to get going, so if you’re impatient jump to the 1:08 mark for the good stuff.

Bobby Solomon

January 27, 2014 / By

‘Whitby,’ a stop-motion music video by The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project - Whitby

Austin-based band The Octopus Project‘s latest music video, ‘Whitby,’ is an excellent piece of stop motion animation, starring a bunch of dancing geometric shapes hanging out in a library, kitchen, and other ordinary locations. It was created, shot, and directed entirely by the band themselves, who also have a hand in a lot of the art involved in their packaging and live visuals.

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Skip Hursh

October 3, 2013 / By

The Music Video Is Dead, Long Live The Music Video

The Music Video Is Dead, Long Live The Music Video

For the last 10 years or so we’ve seen the gradual decline of the music video. I’m not even sure if MTV plays music videos anymore but I’d guess the answer is probably “rarely.” But perhaps we’re not seeing the end of music videos, perhaps they’re just evolving? Yesterday saw the release of two of these evolutionary ideas – a 45 minute psychedelic video for MGMT’s new album Optimizer and an interactive music video for Arcade Fire’s new song “Reflektor.”

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Bobby Solomon

September 10, 2013 / By

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