Things get a little weird on today’s countdown, but in a good way. (At least for me, anyways. The rest of you weirdos better get on board.)
6. Allie X – Bitch
I’m always impressed by someone who can do a lot with basically no budget. Using a VHS camera and other cheap optical effects this video for Allie X’s “Bitch” gives a simple trip around a supermarket an apocalyptic, end of the world, Repo Man-esq quality that’s absolutely mesmerizing. Think about what this video would look like shot in HD. It would probably look ridiculous. And yet with the right filters and clever editing this is one of the most compellingly watchable videos of the year. And the song itself is far and away one of my very favorites from 2014. The moody atmosphere and epic anthem blasting chorus of “Boom Boom!” sends shivers up my spine every time.
5. Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
“Come On Back This Way” just happens to be the perfect companion piece to “Bitch” and I love it for a lot of the same reasons. From almost the instant this video first started I was hooked, much like our slide guitar playing friend above. The video is weird, which I realize is probably going to put some of you off, but you’ve really got to give it a chance because that weirdness is what makes it so special. It has this hypnotic, Twin Peaks quality that sucks you in and transports you someplace else. Make sure you listen to the lyrics too. The song tells a pretty crazy story that I’d love to see filmed in this style.
4. Joywave – Tongues (feat. KOPPS)
Shock. Glee. Horror. Joy. Wonder. Absurdity. Awe. Surprise. Ingenious.
If you haven’t seen this video before words cannot adequately express what it is that you’re about to get yourself into with “Tongues”. I will warn you before you start watching that there is quite a bit of (tasteful, non-gratuitous) nudity in this, so it’s probably best to not watch this at work or around the easily offended, but aside from that I’m not going to spoil things by saying any more. It’s too good to ruin the surprise. Trust me, it’s worth it. I only just watched this video for the first time a couple days ago and in that short amount of time it already shot its way to my fourth favorite video from 2014.
Enjoy the ride, and I’ll see you again tomorrow for our final 3 videos of 2014.