I think the music video is one of my favorite art forms. It’s short enough to where you don’t necessarily need a story, but it’s still possible to tell one if you really want to, it can portray the sounds of the song in a way your imagination wasn’t able to and make you like songs that you never would just listening to them, and a lot of times it can help serve as an analogous experience to the phenomenon I talk about in this post where your enjoyment of a musical performance is enhanced by watching it being performed.
I keep up with music videos of artists I like as best I can, but every now and then one slips under my radar and I don’t learn about it until much later. That happened this morning, and I’m so glad this video finally made it to me.
Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
I guess that video’s been around for like a year and a half and I just never noticed, somehow. And I especially like Flying Lotus’s videos, they’re some of the most original ones being made right now, in my opinion.
Flying Lotus – MmmHmm
Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
Flying Lotus – Kill Your Co-Workers
Lately, he’s even been dabbling in directing some other peoples’ videos as well, very successfully in my opinion.
Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
Bilal – Levels
I feel like if there’s one common thread to all these videos, it’s that they all have equal parts of the past, present, and future all mixed together but blended beautifully, and that’s one of the things I like about his music as well, it’s somehow futuristic and familiar at the same time. And just in case you need one more layer of abstraction and time warp added to his music, don’t forget about Cosmogramma (chopped & screwed) on the MIXAPES page, this might be a great time to revisit that one, or check it out for the first time if you haven’t had a chance! It don’t cost nothin’!