MTV may be just be TV these days, but the music video is a stronger platform with regard to artists—and for art—than ever before. We are constantly bombarded with a massive selection of audio-visual pleasures—just look at our every week Videodrome column if you don’t believe all of us. Sorting through all of that can be an incredibly hypnotic experience, just as it can usually be quite trying. You know what we are talking about, though; when we asked you what your favorite videos were this year, you responded with a deluge of answers. Sorting through that was hypnotic too, in the sense of looking at a lot of very small text, but the consensus was quite strong for a few select names.
Last year, your favorite videos came from Mirielle. I. A., Grimes, Flying That lotus, Le1f, and Scuba. And this calendar year? Have a look…
1 . FKA sticks – “Water Me”
Visuals are a big reason for FKA twigs’ success this year. That’s not saying her recent EP2 isn’t fantastic, but one look at the uncanny morphology of “Water Me” makes it easy to understand why she’s become such a sensation of late.
2 . Moderat – “Bad Kingdom”
You guys really liked Moderat this year. “Bad Kingdom”, a tale of one young man’s journey through the underworld in 1966 and hand-drawn by the Berlin style bureau Pfandfinderei, is definitely a good case for inclusion here.
3. Gesaffelstein – “Pursuit”
EBM: not only for angry Teutonic men in leather anymore. At a time when these post-industrial dance vibes are the strongest they’ve been in the electronic music consciousness since the eighties, French producer Gesaffelstein’s latest album Aleph and the stylish and gold-plated videos that accompany each brand new single feels like the most club-friendly conceptualization possible of that aesthetic.
4. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Problem Areas”
Daniel Lopatin’s latest album R Plus 7 was possibly his most beautiful work yet; in fact , every thing he’s been doing lately continues to be enrapturing our eyes as well as ears (have you visited his internet site yet? ). Still, as much as we all enjoy “Problem Areas”, we can not help but feel that you guys forgot about his other video…
5. Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone” (viewable only on his own site)
It was a risky bet to take one of the most beloved and classic music in the world and bring it into the existing day—who would watch it, outside of established, older fans? The answer: transform it into an interactive video of insane proportions, featuring a cast of characters that includes Danny Brown. If you haven’t seen it yet, your own 2013 is not complete. ~
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