Music Video Monday: Panic! at the Disco – LA Devotee

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Since this video features Noah Schnapp (Will Byers, Stranger Things) it’s gotten a lot of press for that but the video is that good though and deserving of the attention – and I like the song a lot as well.

As I watched it there were echoes of many other videos and films that came to mind but it is definitely its own thing.

And on a personal note, I went to film school with the executive producer of the company that produced this video, which is very cool indeed!

Music Video Monday: The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy by Troye Sivan

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

This one was supposed to be posted a while ago. When the video for “Wild” came out I knew this was going to be something special but I lost track of the releases. At long last, here is the whole of The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy.

Whether this narrative in anyway reflects your personal life I think is irrelevant. The songs, cinematography, and performance are excellent and can communicate to all. As I watched this I had goosebumps for about 12 minute straight.

Enjoy!

Music Video Monday: I Wanna Fly by Trevor Moran

In an example of the Effect of YouTube Trevor Moran rose to notoriety mostly for his Apple Store dances at first. Then a few years later his brief run on X Factor (USA) broadened his audience. Since then he’s been releasing music in a most 21st Century way (mainly singles).

I don’t know if it’s ever been logged but Moran is now likely the first singer to come out of the closet via a music video. You can see it here:

And if that was too subtle, or if you still had questions, he addresses it humorously and honestly here:

Music Video Monday: Billy Gilman – Say You Will

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Billy Gilman – Say You Will

In all honesty as I saw this video I didn’t think it’d be one to qualify save for some establishing shots, and disparate backdrops against which Gilman sings and hides jump cuts. However, the last shot changes that, and it’s not merely for the fact that one part of the frame where color breaking the monochrome (now an old-hat trick). However, combining that with the meta touch of his name on the marquee it actually ascribes, in my loose interpretation, an additional layer of meaning to the song’s final verse:

Say you will
Wade out into the water
Breathe in, breathe out with me
You’d be the words to an unwritten song
I’d be the melody
Don’t let your lips be still
Say you will
Wade out into the water
Breathe in with me (say you will)
I’d be the melody
Don’t let your lips be still
Don’t let your lips be still
Say you will
Say you will

Now on the surface this is but a love song, made more an artistic interpretation based on Gilman’s recent coming out; playing contrary to gender or orientation in songs is not new, but always brave. With the added visuals (the marquee, as well as Gilman performing on an empty stage) combined with these closing lyrics the lyrics play a bit more like request that his fan base stick with him, and then thanking them for coming through with the announcement of a sold out show. Based on some of his comments about past showcases it’s not that big a stretch.

I have been a longtime fan and was excited for the video and was glad to see an overarcing message to the video. Enjoy!

Music Video Monday: Lady Gaga (feat. Beyoncé) – Telephone

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Lady Gaga (feat. Beyoncé) – Telephone

Here is a more recent video that fit here for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that this video co-stars a very famous vehicle from the Kill Bill films.

Music Video Monday: Mammút – Svefnsýkt

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Mammút – Svefnsýkt

Above I refer to “singing heads,” which is a musical equivalent of “talking heads” in a documentary. Essentially the moving image is so dynamic you want more than just speaking to occur either through mise-en-scène or montage. This video has a kinetic edit, uses some superimposition, smoke, and dramatic lighting; along with some creative framing to to take it a notch above singing heads. It then goes further adding a minimalistic story and even more intriguing visuals when the song gets going. A good sign if this is an example of the work done at the Icelandic Film School.

Music Video Monday: Billy Joel – Pressure

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Pressure – Billy Joel

This was one of the videos I thought of when first considering this theme. I will return with more new-to-me tunes and vids soon but it’s been too long since I posted in this theme, so I figured I may as well get back to it.

One thing I always recall about this was that Joel went with a director’s idea that contrasted sharply with a piece of the lyrics because he misunderstood a baseball reference being from the UK. Joel didn’t want to be too literal. It sets the tone, it’s a memorable one.

Enjoy!

Music Video Monday: Tyler Carter – Find Me

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Tyler Carter – Find Me

Yes, in this video you have a journey like in the first one I featured, there are also randomly-place, creatively-use televisions like in this video; what sets this video apart is the photography, the elliptical storytelling and the performance. Like those other videos this song is also quite good. Enjoy!

Music Video Monday: Sigur Rós – Hoppipolla

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Sigur Rós – Hoppipolla

Really easy to intro this music video if you get the reference I am to make: this video is like Speilberg’s segment in The Twilight Zone Movie without the literal transformation. If you don’t get it just push play and you’ll soon see what it means.