Music videos of the week

We’ve put together a list of our favourite music videos from the past week, including a trip into the world of hand-painted animation with Fun Adults, a spacy video for Vessels, created using time-interpolation, and a glimpse into a series of surreal, and unsettling moments, courtesy of Purity Ring.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite music videos from the past week, including a trip into the world of hand-painted animation with Fun Adults, a spacy video for Vessels, created using time-interpolation, and a glimpse into a series of surreal, and unsettling moments, courtesy of Purity Ring.

First up is this spacy, abstract video for Vessels, directed by Morgan Beringer. Beringer used only still images for the video, stretching them across time by using various time-interpolation methods. Beringer himself explains that the process is “largely experimental”, meaning the final results are hard to predict beforehand.

Vessels – The Sky Was Pink from Vessels on Vimeo.

A J Rojas has directed this for Purity Ring’s Lofticries, which offers a glimpse into the surreal, and often unsettling, moments of four different people’s lives. Fair warning, this may be slightly NSFW.

Created by Clement Picon, this video for j.viewz’ About the Sea starts off as abstract animation, but soon resolves itself into a watercolour-style story line that takes us across the land, and under the sea.

j.viewz – About the sea. from j.viewz on Vimeo.

We’ve seen plenty of found-footage videos, but there’s something particularly touching about this one for Rhye’s The Fall, which compiles together various vintage clips of couples. The technique employed might not be the most revolutionary, but in this instance it complements the song perfectly.

More animation, but this time for Fun Adults, and directed by Dan W Jacobs. The good old-fashioned paintbrush has been used to its full potential, and the video itself feels a bit like falling into an Impressionist painting.

This animation for Aldo Aréchar’s That Will Be The Day is more on the precise, geometric end of the scale. The track was created as an audiovisual collaboration between Aréchar and graphics artist Mr. Div. You may remember him from our reanimated gif blog post, where we featured his hypnotic looping gifs.

THAT WILL BE THE DAY // Aldo Aréchar from Matthew DiVito on Vimeo.

And lastly in this week’s round up is Dutch Uncles’ video for Fester, created by Isaac Eastgate. The video makes use of over 80 hours of time lapse footage, which follows the growth of various multi-coloured crystals. If you like these crystals, you might also enjoy Craig Ward’s video for Ryan Teague, which also follows the growth of microscopic ice crystals.

Dutch Uncles – Fester from Isaac Eastgate on Vimeo.

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Our Monograph this month, for subscribers only, features the EnsaïmadART project in which Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martin invited designers from around the world to create stickers to go on the packaging of special edition packaging for Majorca’s distinctive pastry, the ensaïmada, with all profits going to a charity on the island (full story here)

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