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Mid-March Videos Pt 2: Serious

March 17, 2016

Smoke Season is going big with their videos: the second in a series tackles the difficulties of veterans, PTSD, and reacclimation. Heavy, but very worthwhile.

This video game / sci-fi narrative drops you into the story en media res and takes it from there. Moderat should be commended for going for such a risky, difficult proposition in commissioning this type of video. The risk pays off in spades.

Is SATE’s “What Did I Do?” video funny? Is it sad? I got all the way through and didn’t really figure it out. It’s compelling, though.

“Gyroscope” by Over Sands is another clip that ends on an ambiguous, thoughtful note. My wife and I had separate interpretations, which I think is a good metric by which art should be judged: it resonates in multiple ways.

I have little idea what’s going on in Julia Jacklin’s “Pool Party” video, except that there’s definitely some relationship dynamics being played out here. Whatever is happening, it kept me watching until the end.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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