If you want me to like your video, your best bet is to appeal to my sentiment. The one exception to this rule that exists on this list is Hooded Fang’s ‘Bye Bye Land’. When your video features a fish eye view of the female version of an Eyes Wide Shut-style society in which twerking and fight clubbing has replaced orgies, there’s no need for sentiment. Poor Remy is my hope for the future of folk and their video is lit like a Scorsese film. Hero & Leander made something so adorable you could send it to your family with the subject line “too sweet not to share”. Building Pictures created a comprehensive love letter to my adopted home of Brooklyn. Finally, Cold Blood Club captured the spontaneous and endless possibilities of a friend-filled night in Manhattan. Sure there’s no more of these on MTV, but at least we can enjoy these endlessly without Matt Pinfield yelling at us. I present my favorite videos of 2013.
5) Hooded Fang - ’Bye Bye Land’
4) Poor Remy - ’Ghost’
3) Building Pictures - ’In Her Veins’
2) Hero & Leander - ’Kiss Me by the Water Cooler’
1) Cold Blood Club - ’Goodbye to All That’
As will shortly become glaringly apparent, I’m biased towards the silly, fun side of music videos. For me, that can be anything from sharp, colorful animation to the band mucking around with a camera on water slides and in front of fireworks and whatnot. (On that note, of all the videos I’ve decided to include, #4 is the one that makes me the most nostalgic for something that never happened to me.) This was nearly a “most fun videos of 2013” list, but when awarding first place, I’m always going to go with the weird and the unexpectedly poignant. So here’s a list of fun, memorable music videos from this year, plus one that is charming and sweet and a little sad.
5) Audacity – ‘Hole In The Sky’
4) Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – ‘Nightwater Girlfriend’
3) Rubblebucket – ‘Save Charlie’
2) Shugo Tokumaru – ‘Katachi’
1) Big Scary – ‘Twin Rivers’
One of my favorite pastimes as a kid was watching music videos for hours upon hours with my friends. Unfortunately, music videos are becoming somewhat of a lost art form these days. I really appreciate when a band or artist goes that extra mile to add a provocative visual element to their music.
Personally, I’ve always gravitated toward music videos that are bold, creative, controversial, visually striking, or any combination of the four. Some of my favorite videos from this year are CGI wonders and others are more raw representations of humanity. I love the duality of advanced technology vs. the real and unglamorous side of our culture depicted in an artistic way. And, sometimes I just like to laugh. Check out some of my favorites from this year:
10) Holy Ghost! – ‘Okay’
9. Little Daylight – ‘Overdose’
8. Beach House – ‘Wishes’
7. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
6. Woodkid – ‘Iron’
5. Youth Lagoon – ‘Raspberry Cane’
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Sacrilege’ (NSFW)
3. Foals – ‘Late Night’ (NSFW)
2. Toro Y Moi – ‘Rose Quartz’
1. Portugal. The Man – ‘Modern Jesus’
This year has been quite an entertaining one for music videos. Many artists have produced some of the most innovative and creative videos that further distort the general comprehension of what music videos are. From a nostalgic ’80s Miami setting to a minimalist display of controlled chaos, here are the top videos of the year.
5) Drake – ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’
4) Wavves – ‘Sail to the Sun’
3) Kanye West – ‘Bound 2′
2) Vampire Weekend – ‘Diane Young’
1) The National – ‘Sea of Love’
This week, the writing staff here Violent Success will be listing their favorite videos of the year, starting with me. The last year had a ridiculous amount of talent come through the music video world, and what my picks of the year really came down to was how much I enjoyed the product as a whole. There are big-budget videos here and ones that were simply thrown together on the back of a good idea and little else. In the end, we all win because the results are simply fantastic. Enjoy.
10) Wild Nothing – ‘A Dancing Shell’
9) Tycho – ‘Ascension’
8) Hem – ‘Tourniquet’
7) Ducktails – ‘Letter Of Intent’
6) Garth Knight – ‘Silicon Dawn’
5) Bibio – ‘À tout à l’heure’
4) Another Green World – ‘Blood’
3) Mitch Murder – ‘Mirage’
2) Toro Y Moi – ‘Rose Quartz’
1) Letherette – ‘D&T’