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Video jam, pt 3

October 8, 2012

Spring Offensive’s clip for “Not Drowning But Waving” is mysterious, evocative, and engaging while still interpreting the song. The melancholy visuals feed off the tension of the acoustic-led indie-rock.

I have no idea what is going on in Exitmusic’s “The Modern Age” video. Is it a continuation of their last head-scratching clip? Why all the buffalo? Did someone say, “Just wave these roadside flares around and it’ll be cool”? All I know is that the song is great, and the band was invited to be part of the completely stacked line-up at Moogfest.

You know how I said I’m a sucker for a pop song? The Adele-ification of pop music can’t proceed fast enough for me. You go, Lindsay Beth Harper.

It’s all fun and games until…

Moody beauty

April 24, 2012

“Shenandoah” is one of the songs that sparked my love of folk music, so I’m always up for new versions of it. The tune received an elegant, reverent treatment in sound and video here, as Goldmund and Alex R. Johnson (La Chima Films) teamed up to create a beautiful rendition of the Appalachian standard.

The enigmatic video for Exitmusic’s “Passage” sets up an engrossing mood with an inscrutable but intriguing storyline and beautiful visuals. I couldn’t look away.

The eerie, evocative clip for The Angelus’ “Crimson Shadow” is similarly riveting. Jake Wilganowski‘s confident direction and gorgeous cinematography meet the tune perfectly, and the result is a powerful piece.

Hoodie Allen’s second video from All American pairs the pensive “No Faith in Brooklyn” with a clip that matches the mood.

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