Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. The world continues to spin to a close as the year approaches its end. Yet even as the nights grow darker the light of the screen still beams in the best cinematic interpretations of songs at all hours of the night.
Let's see what the online world has brought us this week in terms of the best music videos around. Make sure to vote at the end.
빅스(Vixx), "저주인형 (Voodoo Doll)" Last week's winner was Vixx, who introduced me to the world of gothic K-Pop with more style and swag than I ever considered possible. According to a friend of mine stationed in Korea, most of their pop acts go through these little dark phases at least once. Still, it's a spectacle of groovitude that I feel should be celebrated, so kudos on their win and here's to hoping for continued success this week.
La Luz, "Big Bad Blood" There may be no more specialized art form in the world than that of the cheesy horror-film poster. La Luz and director Carlos Lopez do fitting homage to that art form in "Big Big Blood." The video follows the girls in the band through their various terror-filled scenarios in cheap drive-in-like flicks that are later immortalized on posters that adorn the walls of cult freaks. The tone is lighthearted despite all the blood, and an extremely interesting take on the horror genre that deserves many kudos for its innovation.
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Mogwai, "The Lord Is Out of Control" I'm never sure what I'm going to get with Mogwai, and I'm still not sure what I got this time. Director Antony Crook weaves three strange images together to create a commentary on the nature of creation itself set to the largely instrumental, heartbeat-like track.
Acrobats weave in and out of orbital patterns while a man builds strange monuments and a girl in a hoodie seeks fire. If that's not the perfect analogy of religion I'm not sure what is.
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Grouplove, "Shark Attack" There are silly premises that end up working beautifully, such as with "Shark Attack." A second-rate magician continuously switches Grouplove with bands from across the world and has to fix them. It sounds corny, and it is, but honestly when I saw Ugandan metalheads starting to tear up under Grouplove's indie-rock it felt like a small step forward. It's a hopeful little thing, this video.
Ally Rhodes, "Savior" I don't often cotton to video on the strength of the song alone, but the beautiful hopelessness of Rhodes' "Savior" is enough in this case. Rhodes has a voice like a broken angel, and even though her video goes nowhere in particular it is still a triumph of empty majesty. You've got to love something so incredibly desolate as is her call across the woods regarding her own helplessness. Brilliant stuff.
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