Category Music Video

Video for ‘Varúð’ by Sigur Rós, Directed by Ryan McGinley

Video for 'Varúð' by Sigur Rós, Directed by Ryan McGinley

Video for 'Varúð' by Sigur Rós, Directed by Ryan McGinley

I’ve been listening to Valtari, the most recent album from Sigur Rós a lot lately. I wasn’t a huge fan of it when it first came out but it’s slowly grown on me, and honestly I think it’s up their with Ágætis byrjun and Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. I thought it would be nice to feature a video from the album, which also happens to be directed by Ryan McGinley. The song is Varúð, one of the most haunting from the album. McGinley manages to turn the song into a soundtrack for a girl with a shimmering golden wig skipping with reckless abandon through the streets of Manhattan. It’s not a deep concept, but it’s certainly beautiful.

Video for ‘Tiny Tortures’ by Flying Lotus

Video for 'Tiny Tortures' by Flying Lotus

Video for 'Tiny Tortures' by Flying Lotus

The newest album from Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes, is hands down one of the best albums of 2012. So it’s great to see that he and Warp Records have released an incredible music video for the track Tiny Tortures. The video features Elijah Wood as a tragic victim of an amputation. Struggling with his loss you see that he’s taking pills to cope… though they may have some unintended side effects. The video ends up taking an Akira-esque slant that mixes with psychedelia, ultimately ending with a rather disturbing finale. If you’re squeamish you may want to close your eyes at the end.

Björk’s New Music Video for the Song, ‘Mutual Core’

Björk's New Music Video for the Song, 'Mutual Core'

Björk's New Music Video for the Song, 'Mutual Core'

Björk's New Music Video for the Song, 'Mutual Core'

Björk, always one to innovate, is back again with yet another mind-blowing music video. The song is called Mutual Core from her last album Biophilia and the video was directed by Los Angeles resident Andrew Thomas Huang. Though Huang is a relatively new to directing, this video stands at equal level to some of Gondry’s finest work for the Icelandic siren. The video starts with Björk buried nearly to her waist in sand, with odd creature-like things swirling around her. From there the video becomes explosive, dripping with magma and sexual suggestions. I’m also surprised by how great the song is, for some reason I don’t remember it from the album. Huang does well to match the mood, rhythm and tone of the song to make one of the finest videos I’ve seen this year.

Charming animation in ‘Time To Go’ – A music video for Wax Tailor feat Aloe Blacc

I have to confess that I hadn’t heard of French producer Wax Tailor until spotting this video for his new track Time To Go. I’m glad I did! The music-video is truly charming. Directed by Darcy Prendergast and Seamus Spilsbury at the Australian animation studio Oh Yeah Wow, the video tells the story of a crochet quadropus who journeys through a city turning things blue. The whole thing is beautifully animated in painstaking stop-motion and watching the little quadropus swim through the air is a wonderful sight.

If you’re interested in seeing some behind-the-scenes shots from the making of the video you can head over to Oh Yeah Wow’s Flickr page. The track itself is taken from Wax Tailor’s fourth studio album Dusty Rainbow From The Dark which is available for purchase through iTunes.

A great new video for Grizzly Bear’s ‘Yet Again’

Grizzly Bear, Yet Again video capture

Last week Grizzly Bear released a new video for their song Yet Again. Directed by Emily Kai Bock (from Grimes’ Oblivion fame), the video sees a young figure-skater take a fall on the ice and stumble into a strange and surreal world. As she struggles to make her way home she’s faced with a number of perilous trials, and as she goes from place to places she witnesses all manner of assorted oddities.

Partly David Lynch inspired and partly feeling like a bad drug trip, the video is certainly worth the watch. The track itself is taken from the band’s fourth album Shields which was released last month through Warp Records. It’s a great record and it comes highly recommended.

Great award-winning video for Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’

The LA Shorts Fest took place earlier this month and it saw a number of wonderfully talented folk pick up awards in a variety of categories. One such winner was director Bob Harlow who picked up first place in the Music Video category with his promo for Rudimental‘s ‘Feel the Love’.

Filmed on the streets of downtown Philadelphia, the video takes a look at the lives of members of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club – a youth group that has been running in the community for over 100 years. It sounds like a wonderful (and much needed) initiative and Harlow’s video gives a great insight into the lives of its members and the things they get up to. It’s pretty incredible to see horses riding through the streets of downtown Philadelphia. Congratulations to Bob Harlow on his award, the video is fantastic!

The new video for Willow’s song ‘Sweater’ takes you on a one room journey

The new video for Willow's song 'Sweater' takes you on a one room journey

The new video for Willow's song 'Sweater' takes you on a one room journey

The new video for Willow's song 'Sweater' takes you on a one room journey

I’ve said it many times before, that most often the simplest projects can be the most effective ones. The video above is a shining example. If you took two walls and a floor, 3 video projectors and a treadmill, do you think you’d be able to make the music video above? It was directed by Filip Sterckx for the band Willow and their song Sweater. The song is pretty good, it reminds me of old Bloc Party, but the video itself is a massive journey.

The video starts out with a man in his bedroom as he makes his way to the beach via subway. After that things get a bit crazy as he heads under water and ends up in a hole in the middle of the earth. All of this is achieved with some walls and projectors. Pretty amazing if you ask me.

Crazy & Beautiful Animated Video from Her Ghost Friend

Whenever we post music-videos on The Fox Is Black we tend to include a few images alongside it to give you an impression of what it’s like but to tell you the truth the images above can’t really prepare you for this strange, childish and utterly brilliant music-video by director Saigo No Sundan.

Animated with a fantastically crude DIY aesthetic, the video prances along at a fanatic pace and it bursts onto the screen with the kind of joyous manic energy you can only get from Japan. It’s an utter joy to watch and it manages to be both surreal and beautiful all at once. The track itself is by the electro-pop unit Her Ghost Friend and its title loosely translates into “After-school Thesaurus”. Watching it is a wonderful way to start the week!

Video for ‘Black Egg’ by Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band by M&E

If you want a fun way to kick off your week then may I suggest you check out this great video for Black Egg by the Danish indie rock band Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band. The video was directed by the Malmö-based duo M&E who decided to take the name of the band’s album, Stuff That Rotates, as their starting point and with it they’ve created a video made out of stuff that very literally rotates.

Parts from drums and bicycles were used along with bits of wood, metal plates and an electric drill to create a camera that could rotate at high-speeds as the band performed. The resulting video is as energetic as the band themselves, bursting on to the screen with trails of bright colors and blurring people and objects into strange abstract shapes. It’s a fantastic video which suits the bands sound perfectly. Best of all, the duo didn’t add any effects to the footage in post-production, making this a true triumph of DIY video making.

Stuff That Rotates was released in May and is availble to purchase here.

M&E have just sent me a fantastic video showing exactly how the video for Black Egg was put together. Make sure to check it out below:

‘California Poppy’ by David Douglas

'California Poppy' by David Douglas

'California Poppy' by David Douglas

Last month the Dutch producer David Douglas put out his debut EP Royal Horticultural Society. Described as “electronic music for the mind”, Douglas has created an impressive collection of tracks that really grab your attention and bring you somewhere new and exciting.

California Poppy is the first track from that EP. Filled with beautifully simple synths and a subtly funky bass, it’s a track which is filled with atmosphere and a truly invigorating beat. Douglas is also a talented director too and he put together the video for the track (above). Filmed in California’s Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, it’s a wonderful slice of psychedelia and the perfect accompaniment to the track.

California Poppy is currently available for free download on Soundcloud here.