Monday, 14 January 2008

Múm - four animated music videos

Icelandic band Múm have a quite fantastic series of animated videos produced by different directors. Marc Craste is a particular favourite of mine, noted for his series for Lloyds Bank featured here and (everywhere, actually.) Will the summer make good for all our sins is a dark movie, more in his usual style, the sweet voices and music of the band contrasting with the dark, eerie imagery of the animation. By way of contrast again is the more recent Rhubarbidoo by two young directors, Jason Malcolm Brown and Aya Yamasaki Brown, collectively known as Overture. Cute pink figures strut their stuff on a green stage somewhere in the countryside. These tree folk are most Entish. Next the interestingly titled They Made Frogs Smoke Til They Exploded by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir. It is simply brilliant, being a collection of drawings often (though not in the screenshot) of children and butterflies and people dancing and waving at us. All to an insistent beat and very uplifting and not at all like the title would have one believe. The various cut-outs and foolscap drawings of the collage give a distinctive air to the piece. One video by this director and I'm a big fan. (Though there is a neat video he made in combination with Sindri Már Sigfússon for Seabear .) Green Grass Of Tunnel is a delightfully atmospheric accumulation of images commencing with an iceberg. In fact it is an animated 1950's travel book, the gorgeous work of Semiconductor, again a name for two animators, in this case from Brighton, Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman. A visit to their website pays dividends with links to several of their films and an opportunity to purchase their DVD. They are very much of the moment to judge from the site. Also their video for Múm makes me want to travel to Iceland. Four contrasting videos, an excellent band and if this were a competition I'm not sure which film would win. But don't they make great screenshots?

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