Best music videos 2009

Sunday, 3 January, 2010


Music videos can showcase the artist, serve different purposes or just be small cinematic poems. Music videos has a serious expression since birth of MTV, and although we in some countries have limited access to the videos on Youtube and others, the genre is widely appreciated and Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Shynola shall have lots of credit for their work in the past and present.

When I look back at the year 2009, I think there have been several videos that have promoted the artist or song in a highly entertaining way. I like the genre for being something in itself – the videos aren’t always just an add-on.

My top 5 is:

1. Röyksopp – This must be it [open in new window]
It’s difficult to describe how they use the normal music video storyboard and create

2. Ramona Falls – I say fever [open in new window]
Very aesthetic, very pleasing to the eye. It’s a short, but strong movie and I think the music fits beautifully.

3. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing [open in new window]
Impressiv work by Shynola. And do also check out “Life in Technicolour

4. Rymdreglade – 8-bit trip[open in new window]
Very amazing and crazy lots of work behind. Absolutely perfect match between music genre and video style.

5. PomplamooseMusic – Beat it [open in new window]
The development within technology makes it easier to produce your own fancy video. There has been a couple of fun DIY videos. Fx by Kutiman doing a mashup of sounds on youtube and SOUR using the video in a simple but very creative way on ‘Hibi no neiro’.
But Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte behind Pomplamoose Music are very loveable and ‘Beat it’ is a great cover version.

The year 2009: Paddling Ghost

Thursday, 31 December, 2009


Downloading didn’t kill the music in the new decade. It has once again been a very good year with lots of great records, hit singles and bands touring around the world. Seeing Bedroom Community at the “Nye rødder” festival was the best concert this year, but unknown “Boy without god” made a fine appearance at Lades.

At the event “Night before New Years Eve” I played these songs as the top 5

Dan Deacon – Paddling Ghost
The Horrors – Sea within a sea
Animal Collective – My Girls
The Big Pink – Crystal Vision
Oneida – The River

Dan Deacon is wacky electronica. The layers are somewhat simple, the tunes are high pitched and the energy is impressive. I’m absolutely crazy about “Bromst” record and I could have played both “Build voice”, “Snookered” and “Paddling Ghost” as my favorite track this year.
The Horrors have huge success in Britain, but in Denmark it seems like people don’t really find it interesting. “Sea within a sea” is a perfect blend of Neu! and Joy Division. I’m not raised with these two band, so I have no romantic feelings about the cannibalization.
Animal Collective were mentioned on almost every hit list, both the independent as well as established magazines. “My Girls” is just above almost everything I’ve heard this year always making me happy when listening to the song.
The Big Pink has as well been hyped. As I mentioned I started to listen to them rather late. But none the less “Crystal Visions” (and “Dominos”, “Velvet” and “At War with the Sun”) are among the songs I’ve been listening to the most this year. It’s not original in any sense, but I love the walls of guitars…
Oneida probably made the most interesting record this year, if you ask me. “The River” has a good drive and the sound is both primal and rough. You should check it out, if you are into raw rock music.

This year the “joker” was related to the best musicvideo. I chose Röyksopp “This must be it”.

Worth mentioning is that Jeppsson became a member of our “Night before New Years Ever”. And we had community singing to a Lemonheads cover version of Gram Parson thanks to Mikkel. Most played were Animal Collective, Muse and Morrissey with two each.