I really enjoyed this new TV spot for Schwartz, which is so visually pleasing and satisfying to watch. It’s also reminiscent of Sony’s recent 4KTV commercial, or the Canon Pixma ad by Dentsu, but I think that Grey – the agency behind this advert – have made the concept work for Schwartz and injected just the right amount of originality into it. The naturally vibrant colours look gorgeous together, and I like the way that they have decided to mix futuristic robo-appliances with those rustic spice sacks.
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Woah. So following the smokingly chic and understated video for ‘1991‘, Azealia Banks’ new video for ‘Atlantis’ is the embodiment of ‘fashionably ugly‘ graphic design.The aesthetic is all so self-consciously low-tech and nineties, that I almost expected for some Clipart to make an appearance.
Seriously, there’s even a bit where Brush Script lettering is used to spell out some lyrics. I’m not sure I’m into it – I’m too much of a font snob!
It could have been much worse, though. It could have been Comic Sans. I don’t think we’re at the stage where it’s considered ‘funny’ or ‘ironic’ to use Comic Sans, but I’m telling you…that day will inevitably come, and no doubt the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will show up soon after.
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‘Gloam’ is a beautiful new short film made by We Are The Forest (comprised of David Elwell & Gareth Hughes). It portrays the journey of a solitary creature making his way through the forest, and is both mysterious and melancholy. Even though the protagonist strikes me as somewhat creepy and bizarre, its character seems gentle and intriguing enough that you have a kind of empathy for him – it’s never revealed what’s in the forest, but I found myself hoping that this strange beast wouldn’t come to any harm. The moving soundtrack seems to evoke a kind of loneliness, and it’s like the creature is searching for something meaningful.
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‘The Alchemy of Light’ is a fantastical one-man spectacular by A Dandypunk. This Cirque du Soleil performer also happens to be a dab hand at projection mapping, illustration, animation and a whole other host of talents! The coordination in this video is so impressive, and must have taken so much planning and practice. I bet it felt great to finally nail all the moves in line with the projections.
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The video for ‘Aldgate Patterns’ by Little People is both beautiful and strange. The visuals fit the music so well, and the whole thing is enchanting. I really like the mixture of the rural landscape with the futuristic digital projections – you’d expect it to have a weird discordance, but somehow it just works.
Directed by Adam Amaral, the video was made in collaboration with production studio WORK and animator Chris Martz. Amazingly, the post-production work and special effects used were minimal – most of what you see in the video has been created through projection mapping.
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This single is beautifully melancholic, and Melody Prochet’s sweet voice perfectly complements the hazy music. As with most feminine shoegaze songs, the video is suitably ethereal – a strange and gorgeous mix of colour and underwater movement that becomes almost abstract.
I can’t wait to listen to the eponymous album, which is out now on Fat Possum Records.
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