gorillaz + jamie hewlett: on melacholy hill.

Gorillaz are one of a select group of artists who continuously and relentlessly push the edge of what music videos can accomplish. Working with some of the absolute best directors and animators in the business doesn’t hurt either. They’ve never stopped evolving the visual lives of the animated personas, and in so have created a video universe where the music and the motion complement and augment each other. I still think the vid for “19-2000” (also directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland) is one of the best animated music vids ever.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Gorillaz have teamed up again with Passion Pictures‘ Hewlett and Candeland for their latest, “Melancholy Hill.” The video is, basically, fucking incredible. There were over 40 people on the crew of animators and compositors, and it shows. The attention to detail is crazy and it pays off big time. Not watching this in HD would be the equivalent of going to a top restaurant and asking for ketchup. HD it baby.

Personally, I think it looks better on Vimeo but if that one gets pulled here’s the link to the vid on Gorillaz’s YouTube channel.

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gorillaz + ceri levy: bananaz.

I loves me some Gorillaz. “Clint Eastwood” is one of the best tracks ever, and the animated concept behind the group is not only enigmatic, but throws out endless concepts for videos, concerts, etc. 

After following Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett for more than six years, director Ceri Levy created “Bananaz”, a reeling, free-for-all look at the full creative process that forms the entire world of Gorillaz. Following its festival premiere earlier this month at SxSW, the film will be the first ever global online premiere on April 20th on Babelgum before it goes into a more traditional release after that. 

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Although “Bananaz” only brought in some pretty luke-warm reviews at SxSW, I’ve heard it’s worth watching just to watch Albarn run around acting artistic. Plus, I’m not the type to let reviews tell me if I should or shouldn’t see something. Art, like movie reviews, is totally arbitrary. I can’t wait to see it, and I love the frenzy of the trailer. This shit is bananaz…

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