We're a little hungover from partying after winning an Oscar for Best Website, but we love y'all so much we assembled the 20 best music videos of February 2014.
"'Digital Witness' takes you inside what could be the horrible faded pastels of an East German DMV."
"Angel wanders around the set of her new video making gestures and jerky dances that seem odd but could really have been lifted from an older variety show..."
"The sum total of humanity's scientific and cultural acumen is broadcast in two complimentary and epileptic sequences, a good match for the tune’s breathless and skittish ambience."
"Take a moment to respect the awesome feat of our natural world’s existence, as well as the retina screens and 4G networks that allow us to see them anywhere we want."
"...a mixture of affectionate kitsch and modern digital ephemera delivered at Snapchat speeds."
"As the band trash themselves and their instruments, a horizontal text crawl tracks how many days they’ve not given a fuck, and it’s all repeatedly halted for [an] interstitial..."
"It’s like a group recreational activity for a mid ’90s cult that believed only in the power of green screen and top-of-the-line computers, i.e. Windows ’95."
“[It's] based on a true story that involved Marcus Acher and his family being trapped in their home during an Ammer River flood in Weilheim, Germany. During the experience, the young Acher resorted to fantasy, secretly hoping a superhero would save his family as the waters rose around them.”
"[Director Michel] Gondry’s resolute eye remains marvelled at the odd and extraordinary in the everyday, and his genius lies in his unfettered presentation."
"An old chap works tirelessly on his editing bed as images of Nadler splice and superimpose with clips of classic cinema."
"...a new music video that was made, according to the Chicago Tribune, '…to draw attention to the trial of Russians charged with organizing violent mass disorder, following protests on the eve of Putin’s inauguration for a third term as president in May 2012.'"
"An Odd Couple meets Punch & Judy with an America’s Most Wanted as directed by Maya Deren vibe."
"For at least one song on Real Estate‘s new album, you won’t have to sift through SpicyTabs.porn to figure out how to play it on guitar."
"Beal has a rapper’s flair for artistic messiah status in a folk poet’s body. Sometimes it can be trying, but “Coming Through” displays a full awareness, and even respect for, the savagery that such status and social capital can grow in the hearts of men."
"...director Noah Harris turns the song’s energy, sharp and sweet like a katana made of cupcakes, into a highly symbolic animated short 'inspired by the evolution of house.'"
"Martin C. Pariseau‘s direction focuses mainly on Bogdan’s love of music, and follows him throughout the facility with his earbuds and few friends."
"The video...uses the song’s cavernous, fire-rimmed techno as a sort of paint for the device’s green light beams to trace its raving galaxies."
"Hints of Poltergeist, Videodrome, and white people’s hatred of leaving haunted houses are laid on thick..."
"There’s no point in wondering if there are aliens among us camouflaged as humans, conducting research while masked as your friends and neighbours. Be an optimist: it’s much more likely that they’re walking around with their nude green bodies unsheathed, just too tiny to see."
"...it was shot by Steve Kado, who stayed in Pallett’s house for a week and took photos of every object in it."