Right, new feature!
Noising Machine Videos will be a series I’ll periodically post featuring recent videos (and some classics) and brief write-ups on them from me. To meet the criteria for appearing as part of Noising Machine Videos, a video must
1. Be a good video
2. Be a good song
Sometimes I might think a video is great, but not the song. Or vice versa. So I have to like both. That’s it! So here we go…
GORILLAZ – “ON MELANCHOLY HILL”
Dir: Jamie Hewlett
Gorillaz’ co-founder Jamie Hewlett directs this nautically-inclined clip for the second single from the band’s excellent Plastic Beach record. Features animated appearances from Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, Snoop Dogg and others.
YEASAYER – “MADDER RED”
Dir: Andreas Nilsson
Yeasayer’s videos for their sophomore album Odd Blood have thus far been great, and the latest is no exception. Starring the lovely Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as an aspiring actress with an unconventional pet, “Madder Rose” deftly mixes surreality and sentimentality.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS – “(IT’S NOT WAR) JUST THE END OF LOVE”
Dir: Alex Smith
The video for the first single from the Manics’ new album Postcards From A Young Man features actors Michael Sheen (The Queen, 30 Rock) and Anna Friel (Land Of The Lost, Pushing Daisies) as rival chess champions in this one-take wonder. The band cameo as the judging panel.