The fact that Bastille are mixing things up for the campaign around their new album Doom Days is exemplified by the convention-busting video for Joy by BWTV - formerly or otherwise known as Brainwash.
Gong 'Occupy' by Cyriak
Of his various musical collaborators - including Bonobo, Flying Lotus and Eskmo - the brilliant comic surrealism of Cyriak Harris has hardly had a more appropriate foil than Gong, a band that Cyriak himself describes as "a crazy psychedelic band I grew up listening to back in the grey world of the 1980s."
In fact, Gong have existed since the heyday of psychedelia in the late 60s, and still performing live and recording - this tune Occupy may sounds like it was made in 1972, but it's from their album I See You, released late last year.
However, the video now comes with attendant sadness for Gong fans, as the band's legendary founder Daevid Allen passed away late last week (March 13th), a few days after it was released. So as well as being the brilliantly wacky visual expression of Gong's music and their message, it now has a extra weight and poignancy. Even though Daevid Allen is gone, here's the proof that the irreverent, anti-establishment spirit of Gong lives on.
"Here is a music video I made for Gong, a crazy psychedelic band I grew up listening to back in the grey world of the 1980s. The track is called "Occupy", and the video covers 13.8 billion years of capitalism, using whatever loose change I happened to have in my pocket.
Clemens Habicht has channelled the classic experimental animatoin of Len Lye and Norman McLaren in this lovely animated video for Australian contemporary musician Laurence Pike.
Francobollo bassist and resident music video director Sam Bailey's latest for the band sees him dabble with pixellated animation, with the help of editor Samuel Lewis.
Stevie Gee has created a suitably kick-ass cartoon for Candadian hardcore metal-punks Cancer Bats' intensely rocking Gatekeeper, from the new album The Spark That Moves.
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