Written by Fense
So I don’t really drink champagne, but I’ll enjoy me a thick stout or juicy lager any day. And dry red wine tends to go down a bit smoother than it should. So, as I pop open a bottle of Chilean Carménère, I am ready to compile my top ten music videos of 2008.
The image above is a picture I took last week of The Edison Eye, the art gallery for the town in which live during the week these days. I think it’s a fitting header for the top videos of the year…
10. “Oh Short Ribs & Gravy” by DZR:P
It’s hard to not fall in love with DZR:P. They’re charming in all their strangeness. “Oh Short Ribs & Gravy” is one fun song, and the video fits it perfectly.
9. “Scattering The Sun” by The Enright House
Sometimes simplicity is the best. Produced by eep! productions, “Scattering The Sun” by The Enright House emphasizes quality and colors and landscape and the result is an awe-inspiring film of New Zealand’s aesthetic countryside.
The Enright House – Scattering the Sun from eep! productions on Vimeo.
8. “Anne Boleyn” by Eux Autres
There’s not much to say here, other than I love this video! It fits the song — “Anne Boleyn” by Eux Autres — perfectly, has a cool little storyline, and touches all the proper emotive elements.
Eux Autres – “Anne Boleyn” from Nicholas Larimer on Vimeo.
7. “Where And When” by Hayden
It was pure happenstance that brought me to purchase In Field & Town by Hayden. I stumbled across an instore performance and before I knew it, I was hooked back on an artist I hadn’t listened to in nearly half a decade.
There’s a shock value to this video. Were it not there, there’s no question about whether or not it would have made the list: it wouldn’t have. As with most videos, it’s best to watch it all the way through. (Although watching two attractive young teenage ladies dancing in front of a webcam may seem a bit dirty at first, it’s totally worth it). Plus, the song is kick-ass!
6. “Spy/Glass House” by Feral Children
Feral Children is one of the hottest up-and-coming Seattle bands, and this video shows why. The direction and creativity behind this is quite amazing. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better storyline behind a music video.
5. “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
The first time I saw Fleet Foxes was several years ago at the Fremont Oktoberfest. I left in the middle of the first song to get some sleep. This was before Pecknold ditched his library of material and began anew, to become the Fleet Foxes we all know and love today. I’ve seen them several times since. Choosing between “White Winter Hymnal” and “He Doesn’t Know Why” was tough, but ultimately WWH won thanks to the awesome claymation.
White Winter Hymnal from Grandchildren on Vimeo.
4. “Molten Light” by Chad VanGaalen
I am continually astonished at just how great Chad VanGaalen‘s Soft Airplane has become upon subsequent listens. “TMNT Mask” and “Molten Light” are ultimately my favorites, though as a whole the album meets near perfection. The video, too, is quite amazing, despite my bizarre coverage of it. I mean, I am placing it at number four, right?
So, before you continue, note that this video has been tagged as “inappropriate” for some age groups, and that viewing it may require a YouTube account and age verification. Though lame, be forewarned.
3. “Run To Your Grave” by The Mae Shi
The bold color and near OK Go filming (i.e. done in a single shot with a solitary camera) of this video is what brings “Run To Your Grave” by The Mae Shi to the number three spot on Fense’s Best Videos of 2008.
Run to Your Grave from the mae shi on Vimeo.
2. “11 Years” by Fredrik
Just the other week, I gave away that Fredrik‘s Na Na Ni would be “Fense’s Top Album of 2008″ and it’s totally true. And this song simply demonstrates why — there’s so much power behind the music Fredrik make, and it’s because they not only focus their pop genius on lyrical mastery, they pump a fair share of effort into the experimental pop that bursts forth through their instruments. With stop-motion photography, black and white imagery, and various digital manipulations, I guess it’s no surprise that this video made it all the way to the #2 spot.
Fredrik – ’11 Years’ from Iris Piers on Vimeo.
1. “September” by Tvärvägen
I love this video so, so much. And the song too. “September” by Tvärvägen is the first in a very long time to bring me close to tears, not necessarily because it’s sad, but because it is just that beautiful. Words cannot do it justice: just watch…
Tvärvägen – September from Henrik Ohberg on Vimeo.