Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. As the year comes to a close the music videos just keep getting better and better. Next week, the Last VJ gives everyone a week off from competition in order to celebrate the best of the music video arts from the entirety of 2013. In the meantime, it's one more round of head to head battle for artistic supremacy. Let's see what we dug up this time.
Make sure you vote for your favorite at the end.
Shapeshifter, "Endless" Coming in strong as the winner last week was Shapeshifter. "Endless" is not just a music video, but a strange and dark short film about the very nature of meaninglessness. Whether it has any real characters at all, or is just the mental delusion of a lonely drunk becoming entranced by the amazing electro-pop as an excuse for one more round is up in the air. Regardless, it was a trip, and deserved every vote that netted it the top spot. Good luck to them on holding it.
Hyperbubble, "A Synthesizer for Christmas" Hey everybody, it's San Antonio's Hyperbubble! Our internationally acclaimed synth-pop export never seems to get the love it deserves here in their home state, which is sad because every thing they do pulses with electronic love and whimsy.
This Christmas, they've teamed with animator Ambar Navarro to craft a stop-motion short celebrating getting a few beepity-boopity music machines under the tree. It's a lighthearted and happy little pairing that feels positively retro and unabashedly sincere in its joy. What a fantastic and unexpected present.
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Erasure, "Make It Wonderful" Erasure is on a roll with their series of stop-motion videos from their new Snow Globe album, as directed by Martin Meunier and Tonya Hurley. Their last was a simply stunning meditation on the Latin carol "Gaudete." If possible, "Make it Wonderful" is even more unbelievably amazing.
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This go-round, a city is rife with suffering, crime and neglect as criminals, lost children, and suicidal depressives wander the Christmas streets on final journeys towards their own personal falls. Next thing you know, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell swoop in on a convertible sleigh powered by keyboards to restore the holiday spirit. It sounds silly and cheesy, but I swear by every hair in Santa's beard that it is one of the most heartwarming videos ever made. Erasure is making some of the best work of their lives right now.
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Ha Ha Tonka, "Dead to the World" The winter makes a lot of people think about death, and thanks to Adam and Joel Moorman's take on Ha Ha Tonka's "Dead of the World," death has never looked more awesome. We get your typical disaffected man lost and lonely doing the walking and sitting in a diner thing that seems to overpopulate music videos lately.
Luckily, it takes an unexpected turn by suddenly gunning down both our hero and the pretty waitress he was making small talk with. On the other side, he discovers new life in simple gathering with the rest of the dead. It's kind of the ultimate escape fantasy, and you find yourself grinning like an idiot watching someone let go of the confusing modern life we live.
Starbomb, "Luigi's Ballad" Question. What's the world completely absent of? Answer: a song about Super Mario's dick. UPDATED: Not any more! In Starbomb's latest video, Princess Peach is forced to choose between the sweet and poetic Luigi and his shit-talking, sex-obsessed brother. It's crude. It's wrong. It utterly destroys any sort of childhood innocence, but it's hilarious on every wrong level.
Plus, the animation is all kinds of not bad. NSFW, but I really should've told you that several sentences ago. By now you should be hearing about how Mario is going to kick Donkey Kong in his cocky dong... man, that's poetry.
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