ACITM brings you a top 10 list of the videos you may have forgotten about, the ones you need to see again and the ultimate in the creme de la creme of music video cinematography from 2012. Check them out below and let us know if you agree with our picks!
Honorable mentions go to Swedish House Mafia for Greyhound, the video made in collaboration with Absolut Vodka. It feels like a commercial, but the concept of racing metal dogs of the future controlled by the 3 djs is sick. Another honorable mention goes to the Icelandic band Sigur Rós for Fjögur Píanó. The video features a naked Shia LaBeouf. No other commentary is necessary. Here we go-
10. Major Lazer – Get Free ft. Amber of the Dirty Projectors
Released in August, Major Lazer’s video gives watchers a glimpse into Jamaican culture. Filmed entirely in Jamaica and featuring a guest appearance by fellow Mad Decent artist Diplo, the video shows people dancing, partying and living to Major Lazer’s reggae beats.
9. Explosions in the Sky – Postcard from 1952
For seven minutes, be transported into a picture-perfect world thanks to Explosions in the Sky. The video features gorgeous imagery of beautiful people.
8. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who
Watch David Byrne show off some funky dance moves and boogie-down the street in the odd, but well-shot video for Who from Byrne and St. Vincent. Captured in black and white, the video has a vintage feel.
7. Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
Earl Sweatshirt’s reflective verses mesh well with the somber tone of this black and white video for Chum. Simple and understated, the video still sets a mood.
6. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
More of an art piece than a music video, Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes is a short film shot by Kahlil Joseph. Filmed in a housing project in LA, the video depicts rough scenes from urban life. If you didn’t catch the video the first time around, you need to watch it now.
5. Kids These Days – Doo Wah
Marcel the Shell-sized versions of Kids These Days perform on a cardboard box to an audience of action figures and Barbie dolls in the band’s most recent video for the song Doo Wah. The playing card house-filled neighborhood goes up in flames at the end of the video, but the soul-filled kids sing to the end.
4. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Since its release in February, Of Monsters and Men’s video for Little Talks has garnered over 40 million views – this band has blown up over the past year. Battling monsters, walking through magical woods and befriending a five-eyed beast, watch the band go on an adventure through a mystical world. The video is definitely odd, but visually awesome.
3. Kanye West & Jay-Z – No Church in the Wild
At times hard to watch, but beautifully made, No Church in the Wild is a video commentary on the protests and riots of the past year. Kanye and Jay-Z never make an appearance, but the video in its entirety makes a serious statement.
2. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
One of my personal favorite songs of the year, Bad Girls features wild horses, dancing in the streets, and cars speeding through the desert on two wheels. There’s no doubt that M.I.A. released a badass video to match her bad girl persona.
1. Danny Brown – Grown Up
Ever wonder how Danny Brown lost his front tooth? The unique video for the song Grown Up reveals the secret and follows a young Danny through the streets of Detroit. The kid playing mini Danny Brown couldn’t get more adorable- even when he’s rapping grown up Danny Brown’s explicit verses.