Video Rewind: 01.13.2012

Music Videos seem to be a thing of the past. I remember a time when MTV could captivate an audience with a “Video World Premier”. I’m not sure videos are as big as they used to be, but they give us the chance to view artists in a visual way.  A new feature on STGA, “Video Rewind” will take a look each week at some music videos that make the mark with our Video Review.

Belleruche “Stormbird”

Belleruche have a new LP “Rollerchain” coming out this year. Their first single “Stormbird” will be released in March. The video for it is out now. It reminds me of the early music videos when MTV first launched. Kathrin deBoer appears in front of the camera singing and dancing. The dancing seems to say, “I don’t know what I’m really doing, just look how cool I am in front of the smoke.” The video does feature some interesting shots of fencers going at it, and some footage of a match blown out played in reverse. There’s also a few shots of water and a feather, and plenty of more smoke.
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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour “Heart Attack”

The new video from The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a throwback to the psychadelic videos. Then it’s modern with flashy dancing in front of a room of mirrors. And back and forth. It’s a bit bi-polar with it’s modern and retro feels. Basically, it’s “Groove is in the Heart” mixed with Britney Spears. The songs fun, so’s the video. “Hey, are you ready?”
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Loverush UK featuring Bryan Adams “Tonight in Babylon”

I had no idea that Bryan Adams was still involved with music. I’m sure some of the readers here don’t know who he is. Two interesting facts about his work with Loverush UK. One, he directed the video for “Tonight in Babylon”. Two, he got Roman Polanski’s daughter to appear in it. A musician directing a director’s daughter. The video features some partying, and not to say that the track isn’t a party track, but it’s Bryan Adams that gives the song a serious feel. The way he sings you feel he’s more sad than ready to party. And his antics on stage are far too serious. Turn the sound off and you’d assume he’s belting out another love ballad rather than rocking the disco. Still, the song’s good and the video is shot well. Give the band and Adams their due.
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Death Cab for Cutie “Underneath the Sycamore”

Walter Robot directed Death Cab‘s 2009 video for “Grapevine Fires”. They’re back to have a crack at “Underneath the Sycamore”. The animated video follows a film noir themed private eye who-dunnit. It’s quite impressive.
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Trae The Truth featuring MDMA, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale, and Wiz Khalifa “I’m On”

Trae The Truth‘s “I’m On” isn’t flashy even with it’s all-star cast. It’s still a great song. The video stays true to form. No dancing girls, clubs, or million dollar mansions. It appears to feature each artist on the streets where they come from. From Chicago to Philly, down to Atlanta and back up to D.C. It’s nice to have a look at these rappers as who they are rather than the personas we see them as.

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