Saturday, 20 March 2010

Music videos surreal deal....

....I've noticed a recurring theme. A recurring artistic direction if you like. Stemming from a recurring influence of the surreal. It began with Yeasayer's 'Ambling Alp' video, that I posted in December last year. I loved the song, but was equally intriguied by the direction of the video.

I called the song a 'mystical, magical mess', which I uphold, but so is the video itself. Totally surreal, but utterly fascinating. In particular the mirrored, distorted imagery that is pasted over the faces of characters. I hadn't seen anything similar until today, when I stumbled across two videos that each use a similar technique. I have heard of neither before, but I like the sound of both. Firstly 21 year old Australian, Jonathan Boulet:

And also a band called TV Glory:

Whether or not they have seen one another's work, I don't know, but it reminded me more and more of the great surrealists of the day, Dali and Magritte. Like they've taken the principles, (and indeed visuals), from these paintings and re-moulded them for the (digital) video age.

Rene Magritte, 'Decalcomania'.

Salvador Dali, 'The persistence of memory'.


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