“Sometimes I can’t believe it, I’m moving past the feeling…”
It’s great to be back on Y,WGAV! I’m refreshed, refocused and falling in love with music videos all over again. Just before we get back into it, if you get the bizarre urge to read what I think about something else – say, television – then feel free to check out my other blog, Remote Down The Couch. Yep, those words there, just click through and you’ll be there. Ain’t life sweet?
Okay, enough with the bullshit, onto the videos! I figured what better way to kick off the return of Y,WGAV! with what is arguably one of the biggest music videos released in my time away; if not the. Arcade Fire have had a fantastic year for music videos – both the stunnng live performance footage of Ready to Start and the interactive Google-sponsored genius of We Used to Wait have been some of my favourite videos of the year. This one, however, for the title track of their awesome album The Suburbs could possibly be the best yet.
Here’s the skinny: it’s directed by Spike Jonze, and it looks fucking gorgeous. Apparently an excerpt from an extended film, Scenes from The Suburbs, the video opens in the middle of the suburbs (surprise surprise), with a group of teens riding bikes on a crystal-clear summer’s day. This kind of imagery is practically timeless, and will stir up a sense of nostalgia even without knowing where they are or how old they are. It’s a vision of youth and beauty, and organic fun. That is, of course, it becomes a lot darker and a lot more scary.
This is a video you’ll have to watch for yourself, but there’s soldiers, broken hearts and a particularly confronting punch-up to keep an eye out for. In short, The Suburbs is absolutely stunning, and if you haven’t watched it already then don’t you dare leave this blog without doing so.