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Good storytelling, fine acting, thrills, surprise endings, excellent handshaking...
Our round-up of 2014 continues what we think are probably our favourite 20 narrative music videos of the year - of the mainly non-comedic variety. And this lot contains all of the above, and much more besides.
And boy, it was hard to keep this down to just 20 videos...
Gorgeously lit, Sheffield rockers While She Sleeps perform in a large empty space in Tom Welsh's high energy promo to partner their new single Four Walls.
Common Good, a Toronto-based directing collective backed by a full service design, animation and VFX studio, have created this stylish promo for Majid Jordan's Her, with collective member Jamie Webster in the director's seat.
In a joint production between UK company Able&Baker and California's Doomsday Entertainment, Rémy Cayuela gathers together a colourful, middle-aged group of characters who go out to the beach to recapture their youth and get to grips with modern phenomona such as selfies, in his charming and upbeat promo for Bakermat's Teach Me...
Our round-up of 2014 continues with another Top 20 playlist - and this is what we reckon are the most humourous music videos featured on Promo News this year.
Frederick Lloyd and Big Sixes took an ambitious approach to the band's EP The Idles - the five songs on the EP soundtrack a dark and atmospheric 15 minute short film.
In photographer and director Bafic's brooding video for Spit Three Times, Neneh Cherry takes a backseat night-time drive through the city, and performs among hanging roses, the slow revelation and repetition of imagery, like the lights of a motorway underpass, draws attention to the emotional nature of the lyrics, written in the aftermath of the sudden death of Neneh's mother and her ensuing g
Roy Raz delivers this bonkers and brilliant promo for the snappy, shuffling L'effet De Serre by uber successful French chanteuse Tamara Marthe - aka Shy'm.
Vertex delivers the controversial video to Letter to TINA, following Fuse ODG's snub to Bob Geldof's request to join Band Aid 2014.
The African artist told Geldof 'no' because he thought the lyrics were 'not in line with Fuse's perception and ideals of new Africa', hence his slogan TINA - This Is New Africa.
As the year draws to a close, it's time to review what we have done this year - and have another look at the very large number of music videos featured on Promo News in 2014. So let's take things by category, starting with animation...
Multi-instrumental electronic artist Hannah Peel's Find Peace is a contemporary Christmas song (it's released as part of the 2014 edition of Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, a small Netherlands-based label set up to release limited vinyl just for the festive season) for which Piers Vernon-Kell has created a distinctive (albeit not notably festive) music video.
Peace kick out the jams in proper Stone Roses fashion with World Pleasure (from new album Happy People), and indulge in a spot of role-play in the video by Charlie James Reader.