Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we explore some coinage history while watching a headless organ player, trip balls with Eternal Lips, and watch a touching tribute to a family member that is so sweet that even my jaded heart doesn't want to mock it. Music video-ing is a-happening right now, and you're getting the best we could find.
Don't forget to vote at the end.
CHAMPION: Melanie Martinez, "Dollhouse" For two weeks in a row Melanie Martinez's dark look at a hidden family life has topped the voting here. It dances a line between catchy pop-princess preciousness and pure Lynchian terror. Every time I watch it I see something new and unsettling, which is why I'm not at all surprised it's managed such a run. Congrats, Melanie!
Eternal Lips feat. Sharon Van Etten, "Dream Hesitate" "Dream Hesitate" is not exactly a new or exciting idea in its execution. In reality, it's little more than a collection of flashing colors and delirious images that give vibrancy to a burger cook's otherwise empty existence.
Luckily, Eternal Lips' song is such a soothing round of indie sound that it meshes perfectly with the swirling loneliness of our hero's life. From day job to a trip to a psychic, all aspects appear in the same swirling whirlpool of hallucinations. There'
REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup
Death Vessel, "Mercury Dime" Director Peter Glantz brings us a strange, misshapen look at "Mercury Dime" that is extremely appropriate for the subject matter. The song was inspired by a strange run of the ten-cent U.S. currency that was minted up until 1945. Though the Mercury Dime was lauded for its beautiful design, that same design made the dime impractical in vending machines, and eventually it was discontinued.
Death Vessel front man Joel Thibodeau once owned one, and like the Mercury Dime the video is as elegant as a Bryan Fuller TV show and as awkward as a dog with three legs. "Freakshow" is not a bad term, though that should in no way detract from the fact that it is a well-danced freakshow at all points.
Story continues on the next page.
Cut Copy, "We Are Explorers" Last time we checked in with Cut Copy, they were harnessing the power of Alexander Skarsgard without his shirt on to tell a wicked tale of strange cults. Directors Aramique Krauthamer and Masa Kawamura took a different route this time by using two 3D-printed, faceless figures to follow.
The small couple wanders the dirt streets of a city looking for garbage in order to build their own ship and sail away on an adventure. It's a really clever little video, and offers a lot of contemplation as these two people birthed from the latest technology re-live man's oldest innovative beginning by hand-building a means to explore from what they find on the ground. It's epic, really.
Kevin Morby, "If You Leave and If You Marry" With few exceptions, found-footage music videos are a waste of space. Not that I don't like found footage, but it's usually a lazy way to tell a visual story. Kevin Morby takes a much more sentimental look at the life of his Aunt Carol told through hours of Super 8 footage.
Lots of people have made tributes to family members set to music, but few of them get actual rock stars to pull it off. It's sweet enough to say I honestly love it.
ROCKS OFF'S GREATEST HITS
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW