So turns out I needed a 6 month break. Everything fell apart, but then it started to grow again in a different way, full of light so strong it could blind me. So, I turn back to music and books, and it’s a good time to reflect on the past year. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be celebrating my favourite music video, song, album and EP of the year. Going to start with video.
It’s been a crazy dark year, and it certainly seems like every music video reflects that. A couple of years ago there were lots of fun bright, breezy videos of people going surfing, or falling in love in the summer. This year it’s all about the end of the world, darkness and people falling apart. Even Lily and Madeline have a horror film for their new video! I’m still trying to make sense of the world in 2016, but I know, like Fontane wrote, there’s no way back. We’re in a Brexit, Trump, broken world. Now need to find the happiness and hope, and joy of everyday life. I’m hoping the music videos next year help bring some of that.
Anyway, here’s the best video I’ve seen. Radiohead. For anyone, like me, who dreams of moving to Camberwick Green…or maybe not, if this is what it’s become in 2016.
next week >>>> EP of the year.
Week two of my little round up, and after swooning over the brilliance of Sarah Winchester and her wonderful EP last week, it’s time to let the visuals take over for my video of the year. It was between the Norah Jones “Kentucky” surfing record and this little two part story by Twin Forks. Both are kind if similar visually, but I just can’t get my head round summer surfing sitting here drinking hot chocolate, wrapped up in a scarf and hat. So, here is Twin Forks “Back to you”. I love the whole feel of this video, childhood memories tainted by the sadness of today, before that glimmer of hope at the end (part two is a far happier tale, you can watch that one here)
Next Monday it’s Single of the Year 🙂
So, from someone fairly obscure in the EP of the year to probably the biggest, at least most well known, singer of the past 50 years or so. This “interactive video” is fun and different, and although I was tempted by the uber-cool futuristic Broken Bells and I love all those flashy post modern David Bowie videos in the end I thought I’d give my little award to please all the Bob Cats out there. Click on the link and flick through all the channels and see what you can find.
Next week – Single of the year.