Animated music videos

We’re continuing our recap series by celebrating a range of animated music videos released in the past year.

Diamond Shake – Heard It All Before
Kodiak Arcade – Something Real
Belmont – Bowser’s Castle
Puppy – Angel
Carson Hoy – Night Drive
Martin Callingham – Bedding In
Simon Bromide – The Waiting Room
Cat Dowling – Animals
Darryl Kissick – Just A Dream

Diamond Shake – Heard It All Before

Matt Hitchens, who records as Diamond Shake, has spent the past two years releasing animated videos for each track on his self-released album, in collaboration with illustrator and animator Dominique Bloink.

Kodiak Arcade – Something Real

Kodiak Arcade made every frame of the video using a revolutionary process combining human and AI collaboration: “Essentially, I asked a computer to imagine specific things and this is the outcome.”

Belmont – Bowser’s Castle

Avid Super Mario fans would understand that a song called Bowser’s Castle on a record called Bowser’s Mixtape would simply have to be accompanied by a retro computer game-style video. Belmont rounded out their EP with an Avenged Sevenfold cover, a Kid Laroi cover and a handful of acoustic tracks. Sounds like our sort of mixtape!

Puppy – Angel

Puppy also dropped an 8-bit videogame inspired music video. In fact, it marks a full-circle moment for the band because several of their early songs were featured in Guitar Hero.

Carson Hoy – Night Drive

Mark Gustov’s video for Night Drive by Carson Hoy is compelling in the way it combines live-action and animation to depict the characters’ emotions and motivations.

Martin Callingham – Bedding In

Bedding In by Martin Callingham is accompanied by a spooky claymation video to depict the sense of hushed melancholia.

Simon Bromide – The Waiting Room

Here is another claymation animation video, this time for The Waiting Room by Simon Bromide. This thumbnail image shows the level of detail, right down to the names of the stations on the Departures board!

Cat Dowling – Animals

Don’t miss the stunning flipbook style animation for Cat Dowling’s track Animals. This artwork was drawn by Irish artist Marc Corrigan who has also worked with Billy Bragg and Coldplay.

Darryl Kissick – Just A Dream

Darryl Kissick of the Canadian band Foxwarren collaborated with his brother Avery Kissick, Andrea Hedlund and Meghan Bowman. Ft Langley’s video for the song follows a disenchanted robot.

Darling BOY – Tea Drinkers of The World

Go on then, let’s have one more retro computer game inspired video for the road! Darling BOY AKA Alexander Gold is also an interesting character. He once starred alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a film about The Clash, he’s been Dolly Parton’s guest in Tennessee, and has been asked to join two of Carl Barat’s bands! He’s also been Musical Director of the West End hit All Or Nothing, and plays John Lennon in a cruise ship band.

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