Anyone who’s been paying attention can guess why this video had to be posted today. As my last Favourite MV of the year, I wanted to showcase a video accompanied by one of my favourite albums of the year. Per my list of the most incredible sounds of 2012 at YAM Magazine , SingerSen shows up as my runner-up. Her album The World In My Eyes is a masterpiece, a glorious interpretation of sound and music that literally had me close to tears.
Lead single “Cables” is a cooing, sighing bit of magic that showcased just how brilliant SingerSen actually is. Her voice is forever vibrant and alive. The video itself is a work of art. Directed by production company SeenVision, it’s a stop-motion marvel, allowing the images to interpret the lyrics as SingerSen interprets music. There aren’t any words that could do this beautiful MV justice. I will say this, however. SingerSen continues to bring brilliance and nuance to music, lifting it from something simple to an intricate means of expression. And I absolutely love her for it.
This is truly a video that deserves all the respect in the world. It’s an alternative look at the romance between Adam and Eve — or so I perceived it. Each couple represents a new understanding of romance, never-ending and true love. The song itself speaks of a glow so immense, that there’s no other light in the world beyond that of one lover for another.
The intimacy captured in this video is so raw, so open wide that it may be too much for anyone to watch in a public place. More than just the nudity, the closeness of each pair of lovers is so close it would seem as though we were infringing upon something delicate. Director Oliver Kartak (also known under the pseudonym Okalab) painted something of a decadent picture, literally using still frames dipped in wispy autumn hues to explore the natural depth of love and romance. It’s truly one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen, depicting a classic story through the narrative arc of a gorgeous song.
I’m yet again stricken with the power of communication. If it weren’t for my friend Julyssa over at YAM , I don’t think I’d have know much if anything about most of the music I discovered in the last few years. Truly, the music coming out of South Korea is shocking. Some of it is your average bubblegum fluff pop. Some is exceptional pop that is intricate, precise and full of an overabundance of talent. And still some is subtle, reflective and pure music that speaks to the heart in its honesty.
Such is the case with group 10cm. Their song “Tonight, I’m Afraid of the Dark” is truly a lovely piece of music. It’s not overexaggerated, it doesn’t ask to be more than it is. You simply take in the sound and fall in love with it. The MV, however, is a simple piece of cleverness that isn’t often seen. The band is performing in an art gallery… or so it seems until you take in the nature of the love story that unfolds. It’s pure affection, love that’s unfettered by even the restraints of the frames holding the photographs. With the production team of PRODUCTION GOGIJUICE, the group managed to create a truly lovely piece of pop music that was equal parts simplicity, honesty and true love.