Music pairs pretty well with videos; hence it’s called a ‘music video’ (duh).
But seriously, you know what I mean. When your ears get a tad bit busy, your eyes start to get jealous about all the attention your eardrums are getting. As the government continues to turn a blind eye to the people’s demands, MTV decides to meet the requests of our eyes and ears by being the first ever 24-hour OG music video channel. Ironically, the first music video ever played on the network was The Buggles’ ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
Okay I don’t know much about history, hell I don’t even have enough references to support the previous things mentioned (aside from Googling ‘first music video ever produced’), but believe me when I say that the following music videos are sick as f*ck.
1. The Strangeness – Liliw
Director: Shireen Seno
Alternative-country band The Strangeness finally published the official music video for their latest single ‘Liliw‘ from their forthcoming debut album ‘Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky’. By the looks of it, the song is a fair enough sign that this record is going to be a good one. The MV features outtakes from the film ‘Big Boy’ shot with a Super 8. The leafy paradise is made dreamier with faint vignettes that help channel the redemption and loss of innocence.
2. Green Day – Too Dumb To Die
Director: Joseba Elorza aka MiraRuido
It’s been 31 years and Green Day’s career (thankfully) ain’t dead yet. The band recently drew headlines for raising almost about $150,000 for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts dedicated to all the victims in the U.S. As their legacy continues, Green Day recently shared a new animated lyric video for their latest single ‘Too Dumb To Die’—a song about the stoned and ‘lawn mowing’ high school versions of themselves.
3. The All-American Rejects – Rejected
Director: Jason Bergh
Technically, this isn’t a music video. It’s an 11-minute Youtube documentary directed by Jamie Thraves (Radiohead, Coldplay) that shows Ritter talking about their 5-year hiatus and bunch of behind-the-scene clips from their latest songs. After years of taking a step-back, AAR finally takes their music a notch above the rest by approaching songwriting from a different angle and finding a new musical direction.
4. Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
Director: Rachel Rossin
The space between Mac DeMarco’s two front teeth is where all the evil energy in the universe is contained. Which I think explains why his new virtual reality video for ‘This Old Dog’ is psychedelic as hell. As much as I love the man to bits and pieces, I don’t think I want to know what’s going on inside his head, and I definitely don’t want to know why a pug has Mac’s face for a nose as it (or they?) voyage through outer space. Kidding aside, the video actually reminds me of a 90s video game in its full evolution.
5. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, U2 is still playing the game. The official music video for their first single from Songs of Experience shows the band gallivanting around the Big Apple. Before this whole NYC memento visual tapestry, U2 released an amazing lyric video for You’re The Best Thing About Me.
Also fun fact: this song is Bono’s love letter to his wife Ali. Now ain’t that sweet.
6. Linkin Park – One More Light
Director: Joe Hahn & Mark Fiore
Legendary is what we call this band, especially Chester Bennington. It’s been 2 months since he passed away, but it still feels like a fresh wound. I have no words for this video, just a heart full of sadness.
7. Fazerdaze – Bedroom Talks
Director: Amelia Murray
You’ve seen U2 explore the streets and pizzerias of New York City; now it’s time for a quirky Times Square adventure with Amelia Murray.
“Mark (aka Merk) and I filmed this when we were visiting New York last year. We got to Time’s Square and we both marveled (and laughed) at the crazy giant advertisements and bright lights above our heads. It was nice to shoot in a space where everybody else was also awkwardly standing in front of a camera as well. We filmed it on Mark’s iPhone4 until the battery ran flat and then we caught the subway home“, the bedroom producer mentioned in a press release.
8. Men I Trust – Tailwhip
Director: Men I Trust
Remember America’s Funniest Home Videos? Men I Trust’s retro music clip for Tailwhip has that sorta vibe. It’s simple, it makes us feel nostalgic over childhood memories we never had, it’s calming, it’s vivacious, and it has actual vintage home video footage of the trio sent by relatives and long-time friends.
9. Cosmo Pyke – Great Dane
Director: Joshua Osborne
Everything about Cosmo Pyke’s new music video is blissful. My eyes pretty much had an intense orgasm while watching. It was filmed around Aldeburgh and Thorpeness in Suffolk, a childhood holidy spot of his.
10. Kasabian – Ill Ray (The King)
Director: Dan Cadan
Kasabian’s music video for Ill Ray (The King)—taken from the Leicester band’s sixth album ‘For Crying Out Loud’—is crazy! Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) just resurrected Richard III and…uh…passive-aggressively went out on a date? I don’t know man. Video’s hella confusing but I did enjoy parts of it!