The latest from Promo News
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.
Superstar singer Sam Smith and his pals enjoy a night out in the big city in Sophie Muller's gorgeous black and white promo for Smith's new single Like I Can. Beautifully shot, the group - suited and booted - go for a stroll around Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, ending up doing tequila shots in a city bar...
Director Tom Van Schelven (and a 6-strong camera crew) go on the road with 5 Seconds Of Summer for the promo to their new single What I Like About You.
Shot around their recent tour and culminating in a huge sell-out show at the LA Forum, Tom, oscillating between monochrome and colour, shoots the band on and off stage to capture their endless youthful energy...
Channel 4's work in challenging perceptions of disability, most notably with their coverage of the 2012 Paralympics, reaches a new landmark with Born Risky - a new brand campaign dedicated on changing attitudes towards the disabled – and this trailblazing and spectacular video directed by Saam Farahmand.
A bit of family festive fun with David Myles's Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo, and this old school animated music video created by Copernicus Animation Studios of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Lucy Luscombe has won praise and prizes for her short film work, including a prestigious BFI Future Film award. Her music video directing debut for John Grant's GMF garnered a nomination at the UKMVAs in 2013, and her promo video for Tiny Ruins' Carriages was shortlisted at this year's MVAs.
Commissioned by Youtube, Vice and The Creators Project, Jake Nava delivers this utterly charming promo what he calls an 'epic choreography extravaganza' as a precursor to the 2015 Youtube Music Awards.
Young Parisian director Mary Clerté gets behind the camera for her second Call Me Señor promo. Titled Video Girlz, Mary takes us into a vivid and stylish universe where we follow the enigma of "who is Call Me Señor" on a graphic and colourful journey...
Ian Pons Jewell, director of acclaimed and award-winning music videos for Naughty Boy, Kwes, Paolo Nutini, Odesza and many more, has now signed to FRIEND for music video and commercial representation in the UK.
Room for one more great video in 2014? Following their long-awaited return with Metronomy's The Upsetter last month, the comeback of Encyclopedia Pictura gathers momentum with their new video for Panda Bear's mesmerising Boys Latin, and this time it's the collective's Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch turn to approach EP's favourite themes.