Matthew Dear, “Slowdance”
The video for Matthew Dear’s “Slowdance” is a monochromatic collage about “the disruption of memory, at it’s visual core,” according to filmmaker Charles Bergquist. These disruptions are expressed through beat-matching cuts and visual effects that lend the clip the look of degraded film or mixed paint. The blend of urban decay and fleeting romance echoes the themes of Dear’s Black City.
Oh Land, “White Nights”
Video music auteurs Canada craft a whimsical, surreal clip for Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land. The result is a musical version of Inception, if directed by Michel Gondry. Not as frenetic as their earlier videos, they take a more traditional approach with their choreography. Oh Land is a joy to listen and watch, whether in hipster-friendly Indian headdress, 50s styling, or animal-print.
Katy B, “Witches’ Brew”
One of the strongest song’s on Katy B‘s On A Mission gets an equally vibrant video. Colin Tilley keeps his focus on the chanteuse, playing a bit with the titular witchcraft. A fine example of focusing on a singer’s inherent sexuality without resorting to the lowest common denominator.