Video Reviews

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“You (My Mind is Woo)”

This one takes me back to the MTV Unplugged era, when the artists gave intimate performances, often acoustically. This one has the same feel. After a brief intro to the song, Martin casually begins the performance, playing with no apprehension, like he’s the only one in the room and he’s just praticing, or perhaps playing for a few friends at home. The black and white filming enhances this, and gives it a “behind the scenes” feel as well. Watching this, I get the impression that we’re invited to watch another side of the artist. He could just be strumming at home, getting ready for a show, or maybe just running through his regular routine to keep the skills sharp and the tune fresh in his mind. This is the core of who Martin Sexton is, and it’s quite a sight.

RAMONA SILVER 

“Sled Song”

After the winter we’ve had, you’d think a video about sledding is the last thing I’d want to see. But Ramona Silver has created a whimsical, upbeat journey through Boston that I really enjoyed. From Peter’s Hill to the BSO, she and her sled tour the city finding new places to play in the winter. With all the complaining we’ve done about the record-setting storms (which I too am guilty of), it’s refreshing to be reminded of the fun that can be had when the mercury drops and the snow begins to fall. The choice to shoot the video right in our backyards instead of some rustic wooded area helps to bring the experience home, and give us a few hints of the best places to take our sleds.

ARI AND MIA

“All the Wandering”

First thought after watching this video—I have to see these two in concert. This recording, filmed in Newton really drew me in, and I felt for a moment like I was part of an audience watching this amazing folk duo perform. The sound is clear, and as I close my eyes, it’s hard believe that I’m just hearing a recording. The variety of angles and close-ups provides a collection of shots of the two singing, working their instruments and capturing some of the essence of what they’re like to hear in person.

THE SHILLS 

“Pony”

Ginuwine would be proud, guys. This is a killer rendition of the well-known R&B singer’s most well-known song, and a great homage to the music of the ’90s. The band flows seamlessly through this one, showing an effortless crossover into the genre. Much of the sounds from the original tune are duplicated with the same quality, or in some cases, improved upon. I listen to this, and 15-year-old me is back in the saddle, watching the video on MTV (hey, that’s two MTV references in one month!). I’m very impressed overall, and can’t wait to see what other covers the Shills have up their sleeves.

CALVINBALL 

“Teeth Dreams”

After this, I’m never going to think of teeth the same way again. Also, I may never go back to the dentist. From the get-go, this video has the feel of being a short film—the story, the production value, and the visuals speak to a lot of time spent on development and production. Along with the great song, I’m caught by the story in this video, which include someone getting their teeth torn out with a pair of pliers and someone giving birth to a giant molar. Seriously, it happens, check it out for yourself. Though longer than most videos, I’m never board or watching the timer. There’s a lot to see, and well worth a few viewings.

AMY & THE ENGINE

“Last Forever”

As soon as the video ended, my mind was racing with all the meanings behind what I had just watched. On the surface, you have the song, which speaks of a love that never ends, but I feel like the video gives us even more. It depicts a group of seniors having a dance with all the trappings of a high school prom—both sides too nervous to dance, the couple that dashes off to the bathroom, and the king and queen crowned at the end. What I took from that is a love of a different sort: a love of living that goes on and on. Oh, and one other thing I learned—old folks really know how to party.

EVERPRESENT 

“In My Veins”

Perhaps I’m over-thinking this, but this video could be downright devious in how it’s made me feel. Initially, it seemed like something was missing. I’m not a fan of the white background, especially given the lead singer’s jacket is the same color. There’s times when the guy looks like a floating head! But as it ended, I found myself wanting to hear more of what Everpresent can do, and eager to see their next video. Well, played, Everpresent, well played.

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