BUG 43

28 Jul 2014 13:42 - posted by Phil Tidy

Welcome to BUG’s latest round-up of the most innovative, exciting and extraordinary music videos from the past few months. We are delighted that our latest guest host is one of the new stars of British comedy – writer, actor and stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe. Sara has been in classy TV comedies like Twenty Twelve, W1A, and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, and has appeared on shows like QI, The News Quiz, Stand Up For The Week and Live At The Apollo. Somehow she has found time to offer her own take on the videos selected for tonight’s show by the BUG team. And she will also be talking to our very special guest later in the show: Lisa Gunning, who over the past year has directed an exquisite series of films for the latest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us.


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Throne – Tharsis Sleeps

Conceived by Nicos Livesey for his own heavy rock band Throne, and directed by Nicos and his friend Tom Bunker, the video for Tharsis Sleeps is the animated sci-fi adventure of a British space mission to Mars which goes horribly yet entertainingly wrong.

Joan as Police Woman – Witness

Joan As Police Woman whose excellent retro- soul track Witness has been chopped into a Video-Pictionary by Ben Reed, the Welsh director making his third video for the American singer. Each word of JAPW’s police-procedural-style lyrics has been loosely translated into an image inspired by vintage TV detective shows – and a man dreaming about his saxophone. It’s a witty visual bombardment that demands alertness from the viewer, to keep up.

OK Go – Writing’s On The Wall

A landmark for the indie rock fourpiece’s sideline in music video performance art. Previous efforts have involved treadmills, and ‘Rube Goldberg Machines’. This time the band move through a Brooklyn warehouse triggering a stream of in-camera optical illusions and perspective tricks. It’s a triumph of creative art direction, which as the final moments of the video show, required the involvement of dozens of crew.

Klangkarussell – Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)

Charlie Robins’ promo for the Austrian DJ producers Klangkarussell track Netzwerk features some of the most remarkable feats of daredevilry you could witness. It is a showcase for the fearless Ukranian ‘free climber’ and human fly known only as Mustang Wanted, who climbs tall buildings, bridges, and cranes, walking along ledges and then hangs off them one- handed. Even in the age of GoPro this required some nerve just to shoot it.

James – Moving On

Formed back in the Eighties, James are back with a new critically acclaimed album La Petite Mort, and the first single Moving On has inspired an emotional work of stop-motion animation directed by Ainslie Henderson. The Scottish director won a BAFTA New Talent Award in 2012, and his short I Am Tom Moody has won several accolades. For Moving On he tells a moving story about death and renewal by stop-frame animating a world of yellow wool – as one life unravels, another begins...

Jungle – Time

The excitement around West London outfit Jungle has been building since last year, aided by a series of videos on a consistent theme. All of these were directed by fashion photographer-turned-filmmaker Oliver Hadlee Pearch (with help of Jungle’s J). For the latest video the dancers are two older gentlemen (Brett Jones and Earth G) inspired by the gospel-funk of Time to show off some fancy moves, within the deserted surroundings of York Hall in Bethnal Green, home to boxing in the East End.

Goldfrapp – Annabel

We welcomed BUG 43 special guest Lisa Gunning to the stage with her Goldfrapp video. Lisa Gunning is a relatively new director and in fact, she is still best known for her other role in the film business as one of the UK’s top movie editors. Her break as a director has come with the band of her partner Alison Goldfrapp, and since last year she has been creating beautifully-crafted works for tracks from the latest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us.

Goldfrapp - Jo

More from BUG 43 special guest Lisa Gunning and another video for a track of Goldfrapps album Tales Of Us.

Pup – Guilt Trip

Pup are a punchy punk rock band from Toronto, and their song Guilt Trip has a video by their regular collaborators Chandler Levack and Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux. This is a rites-of-passage story set in wintry woodlands with the passing similarity to Stand By Me, but containing an additional element, which transforms this tale into an ingenious and highly enjoyable exercise in myth-making.

Christopher Bono – Unity

Christopher Bono is a modern classical artist, not a music genre that usually gets much of an airing at BUG, but as the video for Bono’s choral piece Unity was created by Pennsylvanian artist/sculptor/ filmmaker Tobias Stretch we were inclined to make an exception. Tobias’s work is familiar to many BUG regulars and the video for Unity may be his masterpiece. Created from over ten thousand individual photographs, shot during the course of the brutal winter of 2013-14, it’s an impressionistic tale of love and loss, with Stretch’s characters buried and emerging from successive snowfalls.

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