The latest from Promo News
My Favourite New Year's Eve is the debut single from Japan-based British band 1Eyedman. The video, directed by Daniel Janes, is a woozy candy-coloured delight in which a man's humdrum life is rejuvenated after his visit to a mysterious neon realm - actually God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow - where he meets the Neon Queen of his dreams, played by Margaux Billard...
After the massive success of Summer, perhaps it's no surprise that Calvin Harris and Emil Nava have chosen to stick with the formula, delivering Calvin and singing co-star John Newman amid a platoon of feminine beauty in the big, sexy, sliclyounted production for Blame.
Kaz Ove has directed a meticulous reconstruction of the 'never got me down' fight scene from Raging Bull for soul singer Christian Gregory's Won't Get Nowhere - with great work by DoP Chris Clarke.
Harry Cauty and his team set up shop in a large industrial space for this dynamic promo for Meridian Dan's One Two Drinks.
Beatifully lit and shot by DP Sy Turnbull, Harry turns the grotty shipping yard and its huge ugly containers into something magical and cinematic – driven by a maverick performance from Dan and his crew...
Simple Minds are back making new music in the spirit of their early electronica, and Damien Reeves' promo for Blindfolded is characterised by moving landscapes split mid-screen, captured on a train journey through Europe. It's a cool effect, and added to the constant motion perfectly compliments the trucking groove of the Minds' soundtrack.
There's something just not quite right in suburbia...
For the past six years Liz Kessler has been head of music video at Academy Films and A+ - one of the great companies of British music videos. Last year she won Best Producer at the 2013 UK Music Video Awards - testament to her ability to get the vision of directors like Nabil and Bison on-screen.
Allie Avital Tsypin of Brooklyn collective BANGS directed the fine Hundred Waters' Murmur a couple of months back, and BANGS's back catalogue is well worth checking out too. Like this well-observed, slow-burning dissection of everyday family catastrophe that came out at the end of last year for Advanced Falconry by Mutual Benefit - the indie-pop project of singer-songwriter Jordan Lee.
Søren Schaller's second video for the London-based Kiwi rock outfit I Am Giant has the band performing in a sun-dappled field at dawn. It's an unusual but highly appropriate location, as the backdrop to their performance of their song Transmission is an extrordinary shortwave radio antenna. No GGI here, that thing is real.
First round judging for many of the awards at the UK Music Video Awards 2014, via the UKMVA online judging platform, must end tonight, Friday September 12th.
Monochromatic, champagne-quaffing Cate Le Bon, charismatic magic from H Hawkline, inventive cross-dressing from Sweet Baboo, and one of the other guys in the band getting horribly bullied... It's all happening on the latest Cate tour, as chronicled by Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris. Which as it happens, pitches up in London tonight (Sept 11) at Koko.