Thursday, March 24, 2016

12 Beautiful Music Videos

Carnival (Natalie Merchant)
Wandering around taking photos of a city. I love the exploration, the mood of taking things in and questioning and leaving questions unanswered.

Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.)
I like the words flashing over the people in the traffic jam, revealing their thoughts. Their separation from each other and their shared plight.

I Am Not a Robot (Marina and the Diamonds)
Simple, direct, beautiful with a few different looks, including astronomical body paint.

I'm Going Slightly Mad (Queen)
I like so much of Queen's music - and some of their other videos - but this one is my favorite video. Comic, tragic and creative. (I also love the lyric "one wave short of a shipwreck" to describe descending madness.)

Kind and Generous (Natalie Merchant)
Peaceful, magical carnival atmosphere, with people hanging out together in whatever costumes they choose.

Lately (Charlie Winston)
More disturbing and intense than beautiful, but kind of beautiful too. In an eerie way.

Level Up (Vienna Teng)
Hopefulness, inspiration, starting over. Beautiful breakdancing.

Nobody's Fault But Mine (Abigail Washburn)
This was filmed live, with the musician wandering from room to room in an abandoned building, the acoustics changing. It's an amazing performance.

Papaoutai (Stromae)
The video shows a boy trying to connect to a father who's mentally or physically absent. Comedic and heart-breaking.

Poison Tree (The Milk Carton Kids)
A security guard roaming a mall with his imagination and memories. The images in the video somehow soften the bleakness of the lyrics.

The Sensual World (Kate Bush)
Dancing, deep colors, the feeling of love and old legends. Kate Bush is like a beautiful sprite.

Tightrope (Janelle MonĂ¡e)
I love the idea of an asylum for people practicing music, dance and magic. The dance moves are awesome, and I like this song so much.


The Bookworm said...

Great songs and creative videos here, I like Natalie Merchant especially. And Queen is another favorite, I like that lyric too. The Show Must Go On is my fav of theirs. And *sigh* about that R.E.M. song. Another old favorite and the video is great too. His voice is fantastic and just the way everyone is just kind of stuck in traffic, those every day moments.
The videos that accompany the songs can make a big difference, I tend to associate them with the particular song.

HKatz said...

I agree - the images in the videos definitely get associated with the song (also for a movie like Fantasia, where I can listen to a certain piece years later and still see an animated pegasus with it or Mickey with his sorcerer's hat). I'm glad you enjoyed these! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.