From the visually striking to the emotionally draining, for whatever reasons these are the videos that stuck with us this year.
#10. Thundercat- Them Changes
Dir: Carlos Lopez Estrada
The realities of samurai fighting have never been so well realised.
#9. Boy & Bear- Walk the Wire
Dir: Darcy Prendergast & Josh Thomas
Much can go wrong when using visual effects and this clip exemplifies them all. ‘Ok Yeah Wow’ are producing some of the best music videos in Australia, this one is no exception.
#8. Dan Deacon - When I Was Done Dying
Nine separate animators with distinct and very different styles interpret the themes of this song to produce this video.
#7. Girl Band - Why they hide their bodies under my garage
Dir: Bob Gallagher
Techno and autopsies, only a music video could bring the two together with so much style.
#6. Siska - Unconditional rebel
Dir: Guillaume Panariello
An amazing 'single take' video that took 5 seconds to film at 1000 FPS from a car driven at 50km/h.
#5. Lo! - Orca
Dir: Matt Devine
Hats off to anyone that covers a Metal Vocalist in hot pink and still gets away with it looking brutal as fuck.
#4. De Staat - Witch Doctor
Dir: Floris Kaayk & Torre Florim
Another great 'single take' video with a Behind the Scenes that makes it all the more impressive.
#3. Rag'N'Bone Man - Hell Yeah
Dir: Truman & Cooper
All emotion & storytelling in this video that sees a car drive through the memories of a brother & sister's abusive upbringing at the hands of their Father, as they travel to pick him up from Jail.
#2. GUNSHIP - Fly For Your Life
Dir: Damian Nenow
Taken from the short 'Paths of Hate' the music video adds an 80s vibe with animation reminiscent of the dark intensity in the ‘flower’ scene from Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
#1. David Bowie – "★" Black star
Dir: Johan Renck
Despite the mixed critical response to the video, Bowie continues to deliver at the very least, another memorable video. "★" directed by Johan Renck, the sometimes Breaking Bad director and creator of The Last Panthers, the clip has an impressive length for a video that does away with narrative and a bold confidence to let the audience piece it together.
#10. Mastodon - The Motherload
Dir: Jonathan Rej and Thomas Bingham
Everything wrong with music videos in 2014 done right.
#9. Joel Compass - Back To Me
Dir: Ian and Cooper
Technically released last year but we somehow missed it, so we found a place for it in 2014 and rightfully so.
#8. Die Antwoord - Ugly Boy
Every time! There is just something a little special about each and every one of their clips
#7. Red Fang - Crows in Swine
Dir: Adam Avilla
It’s clear from the Mastodon and Red Fang video that metal is just better when it’s not taking its self too seriously.
#6. CYMATICS - Science Vs. Music
Dir: Shahir Daud
Science Vs Music = Kick Ass Video Win
#5. Royal Blood -Figure It Out
Dir: Ninian Doff
Filmed with a really cool in-camera effect, using Red & Blue filters to reveal two different sides of the story.
#4. Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky
Dir: Daniel Wolfe
Plays more like a really nicely shot documentary and leaves you a little drained, despite not really knowing why or what the narrative was.
#3. Sia - Chandelier (Extended Version)
Dir: Daniel Askill
#2. St. Vincent - Digital Witness
Dir: Chino Moya
#1. James - Moving On
Dir: Ainslie Henderson
Here is a collection of our favourite music videos from throughout the year. This list stands as a reminder that music videos can be more than mere promotional tools for shallow products, and that amongst a sea of twerking arses with pseudo shock value, there were some really thought provoking and genuinely moving videos in 2013. Our choices are defined by videos that push and experiment artistically & narratively with the format of music videos. It is this freedom from structure that we really enjoy and sees Red Tape predominately work within the field of music videos. These are the videos of 2013 that inspired us, blew us away and some that we wished we had made ourselves.
#10 Foals - Late night
Dir: Nabil Elderkin
Profound but incredibly pieced together with amazing cinematography.
#9 The Red Paintings - Your Not One of Them
Dir: Trash McSweeney
Ok some bias but this is actually the first TRP video that I didn’t have a whole lot to do with. Well done to Richard Bell & Trash on set and Jarryd Hall, Adele Walker, Dallas Ashton, Moogie and the team in putting it together. A great video by anyone’s standards, And you can vote for it in Rage’s Top 50 along with our clip ‘Loreli’
#8 Queens of the Stone Age -
#7 The Doppler Shift - The Man Who Was Forever Haunted by His Head
Dir: Claudio Sichel
By complete fluke we found this video. A case of great visuals complementing the music and Vice Versa.
#6 The Vein / Magma
Crazy, disturbing and beautiful.
#5 Steven Wilson -
#4 BEHEMOTH - Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
#2 Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Yet another video that pushes the music video genre. Probably also the best interactive video this year too (QOTSA & Pharrell Williams also releasing interactive music videos). channel surf through a dozen TV shows singing Dylan including The Price is Right,
#1 WoodKid - I Love You
A list of our favourite music videos from 2012, Hopefully anyone who is viewing this list will discover some great new vids and / or revisit some forgotten favourites of 2012.
#10 Nekrogoblikon - No one survives,
Dir: Brandon Dermer.
I wish more metal videos would take themselves less seriously.
#9 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Dir: David Fincher & Tim Miller (Creative Director)
#8 John Park - Falling
#7 Wood Kid, Run Boy Run
Dir: Yoann Lemoine
#6 A Forest of Stars - Gatherer of the Pure
#5 David Byrne / St Vincent Who
#4 Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce
#3 Rammstein Mein Herz brennt
#2 Sigur Rós - Dauðalogn
#1 BON IVER - Towers
Fairly dissatisfied with Rage and JJJ’s top 50 Music videos for 2011. Considering there were so many great videos this year.
#10 Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke - Shipwreck
Dir: Tony T
#9 Corporate Occult - Huoratron
Dir: Cedric Blaisbois
If Chris Cunningham and H.R.Giger got together and decided to make a snuff film, this would be it’s love child.
#8 David Toujaryan - Burning Bridges
Dir: Serj Gabyan
#6 Laura - This Grey Earth
DIR: David Dreimann
#5 Opeth - The Devil's Orchard
by Phil Mucci
#3 Memory Tapes- Yes I Know
Dir: Eric Epstein
#2 Woodkid - Iron
Dir: Yoann Lemoine
# 1 Transfer - Take Your Medicine
DIR: Nader Husseini
Our top picks of 2010; Rangers, Ninjas, ET having sex and some seriously out there music videos from some big gun directors including Spike Jones, John Hillcoat & Chris Cunningham.
#10 Tobacco -Super Gum
Kicking off my Top Ten Music Videos of 2010 with Tobacco's 'Super Gum'. Have not been able to forget this clip since I saw it, features ET being taken advantage of. I think the footage comes from a real film. I’d love to know the name of the film if anyone knows or dares to admit they have seen it.
#9 Kanye West - Power
Inspired by Michelangelo's artwork in the Sistine Chapel, I’d say this is the slickest music video I’ve seen all year deserving of the #1 spot, but because Kanye destroys a classic ‘King Crimson’ song by sampling ‘21st century schizoid man’ it can’t be forgiven and gets a #9
#7 Plan B - Prayin
Dir: Daniel Wolfe
I don't know what it was but there where alot of music videos this year that felt more like watching a film than a music video.
#6 Baths - Lovely Bloodflow
Dir: Alex Takacs and Joe Nankinhttp
Beautifully shot, weird music, Samurai and purple gas must be my #6 Favorite Music Video or the year.
#5 Gil Scott-Heron - New York is Killing Me
Dir: Chris Cunningham
Draw the blinds and turn the lamp down low, cos Chris Cunningham’s Music video / installation piece is the shit.
#4 UNKLE - The Answer
Dir: John Hillcoat
Actor Ray Winstone talks about being hit by lightning as a child in yet another video directed by John Hillcoat in my top ten.
#3 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Directed by Spike Jonze!
#2 Die Antwoord -Ninja
Enter the Ninja & Evil Boy tie for second. If Die Antword had released ten music videos this year I think I would have included them all.
#1MIA - Born Free
Dir: Romain Gavras